Isle LaMotte Passage Causeway

Isle LaMotte Passage Causeway

Isle La Motte, Vermont 05463

Isle La Motte Official Website

Tips for Birding

There are no pull-off areas on the causeway. There is parking at the west end of the causeway View Map at the Isle la Motte Memorial and on the east side on VT-129 View Map before you make the turn onto the causeway,

About this Location

The Isle La Motte causeway connects Isle La Motte and Alburg.

About Isle La Motte

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Isle La Motte, the northernmost and most remote of the Champlain Islands, is 7 miles long by 2 miles wide and lies close to where Lake Champlain empties into the Richelieu River. It is the place where Samuel De Champlain first landed, in 1609, on the lake that now bears his name. Isle La Motte’s European settlement history goes back to the 17th century. A French fort was built in 1666 on the site that is now St. Anne’s Shrine. The island gets its name from the builder of the fort, Pierre De La Motte. As early as 1832 Fisk Quarry exported a beautiful dark limestone called black marble to cities in the south, and this fossil-laden rock can be found in the U.S. Capitol building and the National Gallery of Art. In the mid-1800s orchards, vineyards, and dairy farms flourished on the island, which was then connected to the mainland by ferry during the warmer months and by foot or wagon over the ice in winter. In 1878 the town was incorporated for the sole purpose of building a bridge to Alburgh, and the bridge was completed in 1882. Today Isle La Motte has a general store, two churches, a post office and library, an elementary school, and a historical society. About 500 residents call the island home year-round. This number swells many times over in the summer months when the beauty of the island and access to the lake attracts many vacationers, bikers, and part-time residents. Saint Anne’s Shrine brings in tourists from both Vermont and Canada, and the Goodsell Ridge Preserve is a mecca for scientists and others interested in the unique geology of the island.


  • Roadside viewing

  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

Content from Isle La Motte Official Website and Ken Ostermiller

Last updated October 16, 2023