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The New York State byway known as Lakes to Locks Passage unifies the interconnected waterway of the upper Hudson River, Champlain Canal, Lake George, and Lake Champlain; this waterway is the core of North America’s first “super-highway” between upstate New York and Quebec, Canada. The initiatives of Lakes to Locks Passage aim to unify the byway corridor as a single destination.

In 1992 the State of New York designated the Champlain Trail as a New York State Scenic Byway, recognizing the roadway's access to the scenic, historic, cultural, natural and recreational qualities of Lake Champlain and the communities that line its shores. In January 2000, the New York communities in Clinton, Essex and Washington counties that surround Lake Champlain completed a Corridor Management Plan (CMP) for the Champlain Trail as part of a plan for Lake Champlain Byways, a partnership with communities in the State of Vermont. Also in early 2000, communities along the Champlain Canal in New York completed a CMP for the Champlain Canal Byway. In May 2000, the New York State Scenic Byways Advisory Board (NYSSBAB) recognized the strong grass-roots planning process and adopted the two plans. In that the NYSSBAB provides statewide coordination of the NYS Byway program, they passed a resolution to recommend the merger of the Champlain Canal Byway and the Champlain Trail to form one management organization for a single Byway.

In 2002, the US Secretary of Transportation awarded Federal Highway Administration’s “All-American Road” status to Lakes to Locks Passage, “The Great Northeast Journey” due to its outstanding historic and recreational assets. As an All-American Road, Lakes to Locks Passage is one of a select group of roadways in the country that the FHWA promotes as a “premier destination” in their marketing efforts for national and international tourism.

The byway is managed by Lakes to Locks Passage, Inc. a non-profit organization dedicated to building the appreciation, recognition, stewardship and revitalization of the natural, cultural, recreational and historic assets of the communities along the interconnected waterway of the upper Hudson River, Champlain Canal, Lake George, and Lake Champlain.

Lakes to Locks Passage, Inc. works on:
  • interpretation and education programs,
  • recreation infrastructure improvements,
  • multimodal transportation improvements,
  • improvements to cultural and historic public places,
  • stewarding the environment, open space and the working landscape,
  • maintaining the vitality of the waterways and waterfronts, and
  • delivering a tourism program targeted to national and international markets.



The highway route extends from Waterford, New York to Rouses Point, New Yorkmarker.

The route also contains lakeside roads both on Point Au Roche and Cumberland Headmarker, featured as "Scenic Byways."


Lakes to Locks Passage, "The Great Northeast Journey," flows between New York's Mohawk River and the St. Lawrence in Quebec, North America's first inter-connected waterway that shaped the nation-building activities of the United States and Canada. Lakes to Locks Passage provides access to over of diverse historic, natural, cultural and recreational sites along the Champlain Canal, Upper Hudson River, Lake George, Lake Champlain in New York, Chambly Canal and Richelieu River of Quebec.

The distinctive influence of French, English and Dutch settlers is still evident today in the communities along the rivers, waterfalls and lakeshore harbors. A series of 32 Waypoint Communities have been designated to "meet and greet" the Lakes to Locks Passage visitor. Community museums and attractions serve as Lakes to Locks Passage Heritage Centers. Nearly every community has a driving, biking or walking tour. Lakes to Locks Passage offers boating, fishing, birding, biking and hiking opportunities. Lakes to Locks Passage provides conditions to hike or snowshoe, canoe or water-ski, rock climb or ride the rapids.

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