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FACT SHEET-Narrows of Lake Champlain, New York and Vermont


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
Published Dec. 19, 2023

DESCRIPTION: The installation and maintenance of fender booms at Putts Rock, Putts Leap, Narrows near Dresden, Pulpit Point, and Cedar Mountain.  Length – about 13.5 miles. The existing project is about 77% complete, with a channel 12 feet deep at LLL and least width of 150 feet having been excavated throughout the entire length of the improvement, except at the Elbow, where the width is 110 feet.  Fender booms have been placed at the Elbow and opposite the Delaware and Hudson railroad trestle.  The uncompleted work is inactive. 

AUTHORIZATION: Adopted River and Harbor Act of 1917.  

COMMERCE: The channel connects the New York State Canal System to deep water in Lake Champlain and allows vessels to transit from the Atlantic Ocean to Canada.   The channel is primarily used by large recreational vessels, fishermen and tour boats.

BACKGROUND:  The last condition survey of the project channel was completed in FY2022 and a fender boom inspection was completed in FY2023. Maintenance dredging of the channel was last performed during FY2002.

STATUS: Project caretaker funds are used to perform annual work, including project condition surveys, shoreline inspection, minor channel maintenance activities and inspection of fender booms.


Devon Hinds
Engineer Technician
P: (518) 273-0870
Email: devon.hinds@usace.army.mil
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
Albany Field Office                 
1 Bond Street                      
Troy, NY 12180