Larry Greene Fishing Access Dedicated at West Swanton

The late Larry Greene, a former president of the Lake Champlain Walleye Association, was honored on August 19 when a Lake Champlain fishing access area in West Swanton at the east end of the Route 78 bridge was renamed in recognition of his contributions to walleye fishing in Lake Champlain.

“Dedicating the Larry Greene Fishing Access is an honor in memory a man who contributed greatly to the restoration of walleye fishing in Lake Champlain,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “Larry Greene had a real vision for the long term, and today we are seeing the results with tremendous progress on the walleye restoration project due to his planning and effort. Let’s keep Larry Greene in mind as we think about the future of Lake Champlain and our state.”

“Larry Greene was instrumental in reshaping the Lake Champlain Walleye Association to bring science to it and in being more active with the legislature,” said Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Wayne Laroche. “The cooperative walleye restoration partnership between the Fish and Wildlife Department and the Association has been successful because we improved things technically and got the financial support we needed.”

“The walleye culture program involves collecting adult walleyes to obtain eggs, which are then hatched and reared in ponds and stocked out as fingerlings,” added Laroche. “These fingerlings contribute greatly to the runs of adult walleyes into Lake Champlain tributaries such as the Missisquoi River which is very near this fishing access area.”

The Larry Greene Fishing Access is one of 168 state owned fishing access areas on Vermont lakes and rivers that are free for the public to enjoy. Funds derived from the sale of fishing licenses and a federal tax on fishing equipment and boating fuels are credited with making it possible to purchase and maintain these areas. Motorboat registration fees also contributed to this funding in recent years.

To learn more about the fishing access areas managed by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, go to their website ( and click on “Fishing” and then “Fishing Access Areas.”