From 1609 through 1814, Lake Champlain and Lake George, together were the scene of contests and conflicts the likes of which had seldom been seen in civilized lands. During the brief periods of peace, these pathways through the wilderness were utilized by settlers as the only routes through the mountain forests to their new homes. It was only after the great American Civil War that the lake became unimportant to military planners. When finally the waterways lost their strategic military value due to settlement and technological advances, the corridors became important avenues of commerce and recreation. (Millard, James P.)
For information on the many historic places on Lake Champlain and Lake George, see America's Historic Lakes: The Lake Champlain and Lake George Historical Site.