Dive Under Lake Champlain Without Getting Wet

By Alaina Pinto | apinto@nexstar.tv

Published 09/03 2014 10:02AM

Updated 09/03 2014 11:02AM

VERGENNES, Vt.- It’s the time of year to learn all about our culture and heritage; the study of historical human activity is being celebrated all over Vermont. September is Archaeology Month and many museums are emphasizing the importance of our heritage.

The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum has multiple opportunities to get us involved with some hands on archaeological activities including taking us underneath Lake Champlain.

The museum staff takes part in scuba diving underneath Lake Champlain and you can explore too, without getting wet. The museum has Shipwreck Tours and with the help of a remote operated vehicle you are able to see what lies beneath the lake.

The remote operated vehicle operates like a video game but it's much more complicated. It can go up to 300 feet below the surface and Lake Champlain is 400 feet deep so with this you get to see underwater shipwrecks. There are roughly 300 shipwrecks in the lake but during a tour the device focuses on one. Some of the wrecks even date back to the 1750's.

Shipwreck tours leave three different times throughout September and with the help of a remotely operated vehicle you are able to see what lies beneath the lake. Each tour is around one hour and departs from Basin Harbor and Burlington. To book your seat on the Shipwreck Tours you can do that on the museum's website.

In addition to touring the lake, every weekend in September the museum hosts a different workshop which focuses on the process of conserving historical artifacts. It’s a behind the scenes experience to find out what the Conservation Lab does on a daily basis. Each weekend is a different type of conservation workshop and can be found on the museum’s website.

The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum also has an art exhibit reflecting on the War of 1812 and is one of five venues throughout the entire country. The exhibit is ending at the end of September and so does all of Archaeology Month.     

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