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Champlain and Rouses Point are a pair of adjacent villages in Northern New York on the U.S.-Canada border. The villages, 20 miles (30 km) north of Plattsburgh and 40 miles (60 km) south of Montreal, are the northernmost in the state of New York.


Fort Montgomery, the second fortress at Rouses Point

Due to its proximity to the border, the area served as a staging point during the War of 1812. Plattsburgh, a city 20 miles to the south, had fended off a British-Canadian attack shortly after dawn on September 11, 1814, in the final days of the war.

The first, un-named attempt at constructing a U.S. fort directly on the border in 1816 became known as "Fort Blunder" as a surveying error placed the fortifications ¾ mile into Canadian territory. After the Webster-Ashburton Treaty of 1842 placed Island Point in the U.S. a second fort, Fort Montgomery (Lake Champlain), was built between 1844 and 1871. The guns from the second fortress were dismantled in the early 1900s.

Get in[edit]

Delaware & Hudson railroad station

By car[edit]

I-87, from New York City and Albany, terminates at the border crossing in Champlain. Immediately after the border, Autoroute 15 heads north to Montreal and the Laurentians. US-11 passes through both Champlain and Rouses Point, before becoming Quebec Route 223 northbound to Contrecœur/Sorel.

By train[edit]

See also: Rail travel in the United States

By boat[edit]

Get around[edit]

US-11 links the villages.


  • A total solar eclipse on Monday 8 April 2024 starts at 3:35PM local time and lasts 3 min 30 sec. The chances of a clear sky are 30%. The track of totality is northeast from Mexico and Texas to Ohio then straddling the Canada–New England border.
  • Samuel De Champlain History Center, 202 Elm St, Champlain, +1 518 298-1609. Historical museum.
  • Alice T Miner Museum, 9618 US Route 9, Chazy, +1 518 846-7336.







Go next[edit]

Routes through Champlain and Rouses Point
MontrealSaint-Lambert  N  S  PlattsburghAlbany (Rensselaer)
MontrealLacolle ← becomes  N  S  PlattsburghAlbany
END  W  E  Grand IsleBurlington
END  N  S  PlattsburghAlbany
ContrecoeurSaint-Jean-sur-Richelieu ← becomes  N  S  MaloneWatertown

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Champlain (village), New York
Rouses Point, New York