Champlain Longboats

The Champlain Longboats program is an innovative boat-building and open-water rowing program at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum that parters with regional schools and community organizations. The primary goal is to develop positive, healthy behavior in middle and high school students at a critical time in their lives by exposing them to the innate team and self esteem-building nature of boat building and rowing.

Initiated in 1999, Champlain Longboats has two distinct but interconnected pieces: the boat building program, in which local students work through fall and winter to build a boat together, and our youth rowing and adult rowing programs which use our fleet of hand-built boats for in-school education, after school extra-curricular programs, rowing clubs, and races. More than 700 youths and 200 adults participate in these programs annually.

“Champlain Longboats at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is vital, far-reaching, and life-changing. I am full of gratitude for your vision and your quiet ability to make it real for so many to benefit from.” –Tory Riley

We accept boat donations, individual donations, and sponsors to help fund this important program. Learn more on our Support Us page.