Free Brochures, Guidebooks & Videos

Below is a selection of free brochures, guidebooks, and videos that will help you explore the Lakes to Locks Passage. We have additional books and resources available for purchase from our shop.

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Adirondack Coast Bikeways

This guide describes 14 routes on paved and unpaved country roads in Essex County, New York.

A Crease in the Landscape: Perspectives on the Working Landscape and Slate Valley of Lakes to Locks Passage

Millions of years ago, as these mountain ranges took shape on continental North America, a narrow band of slate, nearly eighty miles long, was formed along the Taconic range; creating the Slate Valley of Eastern New York and Western Vermont. When slate began to be quarried in the mid-nineteenth century, the slate industry, and the…

Bicycling along the Richelieu River

This French and English brochure contains spectacular two- and four-day self-guided bike tours, with route map, points of interest, services, and amenities.

Dead Reckoning: Champlain in America

This video clip offers a preview of the award-winning animated documentary available for purchase from the PBS store. Samuel de Champlain is known as the “Father of French America,” the founder of Québec, a brave explorer, expert cartographer and a visionary who worked tirelessly to create a self-sustaining European settlement in North America. Dead Reckoning…

From Forest to Fields: A History of Agriculture in New York’s Champlain Valley

This book leads readers through the working landscape in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Warren, and Washington Counties in upstate New York. A hardcopy edition of this book is also available for purchase. From Forest to Fields leads the visitors through the working landscape in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Warren and Washington Counties in upstate New York. Along…

Guide to the Lake City: A Walking Tour of Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh is a vibrant city on the lake. Download this convenient walking guide to the city.

The Narrows

An interpretive guide for boaters to the Narrows of Lake Champlain.

Nature’s Frolic Hour: Appreciating Lake George

This book showcases the spectacular scenery of Lake George, which taught Americans what it meant to be part of a new nation, full of beauty and promise. A hardcopy edition of this book is also available for sale. The spectacular scenery of Lake George taught Americans what it meant to be part of a new…

Northern Adirondack Coast Bikeways

This guide highlights seven loops along the Lake Champlain bikeways network in Clinton County, New York.

Northern Reaches of Lake Champlain: An Interpretive Guide to the Borderlands of Lakes to Locks Passage

This book highlights the history, culture, and beauty of the lakeshore communities in Clinton County, New York. A hardcopy edition of this book is also available for purchase The Northern Reaches of Lake Champlain: An Interpretive Guide to the Borderlands of Lakes to Locks Passage leads readers through the diverse landscape of Clinton County in New York,…

Relishing our Resources: Along Lake Champlain in Essex County, New York

This guidebook introduces you to the lakeshore communities of Essex County, New York. A hardcopy edition of this book is also available for purchase. Ancient cycles of plate tectonics and a sequence of ice ages gave birth to the present landscape. What you will find in the western Champlain Valley represents layers of geological forces,…

The Forgotten War: The Struggle for North America

Available for purchase from the PBS store, this one-hour documentary DVD tells the little-known story of how the native people of North America controlled the outcome of this war that defined our history as a nation and a people. FORGOTTEN WAR: Struggle for North America tells the little-known story of how the native people of North America…

Waterways of War: A traveler’s guide to the French & Indian War forts and battlefields along America’s Byways in New York and Pennsylvania

The super-powers of the 18th century — France and Great Britain — contested for empire and the destiny of North America along a strategic triangle of waterways in today’s New York State. A hardcopy edition of this book is also available for purchase. The super-powers of the 18th century — France and Great Britain –…

Waterways of War: The War of 1812

The third in Lakes to Locks Passage’s series of guides to battlefields and museums, this guide focuses specifically on the 1777 northern campaign of British General John Burgoyne. A hardcopy edition of this book is also available for purchase. In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, discover the historic events that…

Waterways of War: Turning Point of the American Revolution

The third in Lakes to Locks Passage’s series of guides to battlefield and museums, Waterway of War: Turning Point of the American Revolution focuses specifically on the 1777 northern campaign of British General John Burgoyne. The book is 56 color pages. Funding for this project was provided by the American Battlefield Protection Program. Grant #…

Their Own Voices: Oral Accounts of Early Settlers in Washington County, NY

Beginning in the 1840s and continuing until his death, Dr. Asa Fitch (1809-1878) of Salem, NY, interviewed elderly neighbors, questioning them about the time of first European settlement, the Revolutionary War, and the first decades of the 19th century. Fitch was more than just a medical doctor. By the 1850s, he ranked as a…