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US Coast Guard Station Burlington


1 Depot St., Burlington, VT 05401

Burlington Skyline

US Coast Guard Station Burlington reports to Sector Northern New England in South Portland, Maine. Burlington’s area of responsibility includes all 125 miles of Lake Champlain.


Guard Station Burlington was originally established in 1948 as a light attendant station on Juniper Island. The current facility was built in 1993 in Burlington and is staffed with roughly 25 enlisted men and women.


The station provides the Lake Champlain area with Search and Rescue, enforcement of laws and treaties, Homeland Security, recreational boating safety, aids to navigation and marine environmental response. These services are provided by the station 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It also assists about 1,000 boaters each year and maintains the buoys and other Aids to Navigation located on the Lake.


Coast Guard Station Burlington was originally established in 1948 as a seasonal unit. The only duty of its four-man crew was to maintain the aids to navigation on Lake Champlain, which included shore aids, buoys and the light houses. The station maintained 40 short-range aids to navigation and 103 floating aids to navigation. The aid to navigation (ATON) mission is still a vital part of Station Burlington’s overall responsibilities – however, numerous other mission areas have been assigned. This station was one of few to have a vessel that spent its entire lifetime of service in one port. That vessel, the CG-52309 – a wooden hull front loader – was on display at the LCT Ferry Dock in Burlington.


Not only is the Coast Guard responsible for Lake Champlain, but it also coordinates search and rescue operations on Lake George and Lake Sacandaga – which, for the most part are handled by Coast Guard Auxiliary and the local marine law enforcement agencies in those areas. Another body of water which comes into play is Lake Memphramagog, where the Coast Guard maintains two shore aids to navigation.


The primary mission of Station Burlington is Search and Rescue (SAR). The station averages over 200 search and rescue cases a year. This includes assisting boaters that are disabled or aground, locating overdue vessels, coordinating and responding to accidents on the lake – and responding to any other manner of distress on Lake Champlain. Winter operations include ice rescue training – as thousands of people head on to the ice to fish.

Arriving at US Coast Guard Station Burlington
The nearest major airport is Burlington International Airport (BTV / KBTV). This airport has domestic flights and is 3 miles from the center of Burlington, VT.


Another major airport is Plattsburgh International Airport (PBG / KPBG), which has domestic flights from Plattsburgh, New York and is 37 miles from Burlington, VT.