Rouses Point: My Home on the Adirondack Coast

After living on the Adirondack Coast for nearly my entire life, one would think I knew about every adventure and hidden gem there is to discover here. However, being a summer intern at the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau has made me realize that is completely false.

I have been asked to write about and explore each of the Adirondack Coast's lakeside villages and historic towns throughout the summer. My weekly travels have taught me many new things about the area in which I grew up, as well as made me appreciate just how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful and thriving place.

For my first trip, I decided on the obvious choice of my hometown, the charming Village of Rouses Point. Also known as "The Northern Gateway," Rouses Point sits on the western shores of Lake Champlain and shares a border with both Vermont and Quebec, Canada. 

While walking along the quaint and scenic streets of downtown Rouses Point, I couldn't help but reminisce about all the wonderful memories I have growing up here. From riding my bike on Lake Street and fishing off the village break-water to swimming in Lake Champlain and eating at my favorite local restaurants, there was rarely a dull moment during my childhood in Rouses Point.

Now that I am older, I am more able to appreciate Rouses Point's rich and significant history, as well as its unprecidented views. Therefore, for anyone passing through or staying in Rouses Point, here are a few must-see attractions:

  • Fort Montgomery - Named after Revolutionary War hero General Richard Montgomery, the 19th-century fort can be viewed from the Rouses Point - Alburg, Vermont Bridge.

  • The D & H Roundhouse - Part of the Delaware an Hudson Railroad station, this roundhouse is the last of its kind on this railroad system and is in the process of being restored into a museum.

  • The "Rum Trail" - Travel Rouses Point's "Rum Trail" by foot or bike, where rumrunners once crossed into Canada with contraband booze.
  • Montgomery Street Pier - Rouses Point's pier offers magnificent views of Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont and is an ideal location to sit and relax when the marinas are full and the lake is buzzing with activity.

Learn more about the Village of Rouses Point.