365 square miles of the state of Vermont is comprised of rivers, lakes, ponds, and marshes. Vermont’s rivers have played an important role in the colonization and development of this beautiful state by providing travel routes. Most of Vermont’s largest rivers are part of the Lake Champlain drainage basin. Champlain is the sixth-largest body of fresh water in the United States. Today, Vermont’s waterways provide a means of sport and recreation and allows us to connect with nature and experience Vermont’s unique beauty.