Vermont Underwater Historic Preserves

The Vermont Underwater Historic Preserve is operated by the Vermont Division of Historic Preservation and managed by Lake Champlain Maritime Museum on their behalf.

VT Division for Historic Preservation Logo

The Lake Champlain Underwater Historic Preserve provides public access for divers to some of the Lake’s historic shipwrecks. The system is designed to protect these irreplaceable historic resources both from anchor damage and artifact collecting. With the continued cooperation of the recreational diving community these wrecks will be available for generations of divers to enjoy.

Preserve Status:
All sites are closed for the season.
The Underwater Historic Preserve system will re-open in May 2020.

Scuba diver
Underwater photo of a shipwreck

Lake Champlain’s Historic Preserve system works and succeeds only with your cooperation. The protection of historic shipwrecks and safety of other divers is your responsibility.

Divers who witness violations of the preserve diving guidelines are asked to voluntarily report them to the Vermont State Police Marine Division (802) 655-3435 and the New York State Police (518) 962-8235.

Access to the sites in the Lake Champlain Underwater Historic Preserve is free of charge, but divers must register annually prior to using the Preserve System. Divers are no longer required to register for sensitive shipwreck sites; one annual registration is adequate.


Lake Champlain Diver Registration 2020
Annual registration to dive on the shipwrecks within the Vermont Underwater Historic Preserve
2020 Lake Champlain Diver Policies and Agreement
Please review and agree to the following policies before proceeding with your registration.
1. Certification
I affirm that I am a certified diver and have read and understood the rules of the Lake Champlain Underwater Historic Preserve.
2. Acceptance of Risk and Responsibility
I fully recognize that diving is an inherently dangerous activity and I must assess all conditions and use my own judgment in planning and executing each dive. I assume responsibility for all my actions while diving on the Lake Champlain Underwater Historic Preserve sites. I further assume the risk of any injury I may sustain and hold harmless the State of Vermont, its employees and agents, and the State of New York and its employees and agents, from any liability therefore.
3. Agreement to Do No Harm
The Underwater Historic Preserve provides public access for divers to some of the Lake’s historic shipwrecks. The system is designed to protect these irreplaceable historic resources both from anchor damage and artifact collecting. By registering to dive, you agree to do no harm or collect anything from these wrecks.
4. Access and Annual Registration
Access to the sites in the Lake Champlain Underwater Historic Preserve is free of charge, but divers must register annually prior to using the Preserve System.