Port of Rouses Point
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The Port of Rouses Point is a beautiful waterfront village with endless opportunities for outdoor recreation, shopping, and dining. With a range of historical attractions and festivals, the Port of Rouses Point is a great place to visit and an even better place to live and work. The Port of Rouses Point's relaxed and friendly atmosphere includes a quaint downtown, a peaceful lakefront park, and a dynamic Main Street. During the winter, proximity to Canada, the Adirondacks, and the Green Mountains offers great skiing and snowshoeing, riding, snowmobiling, and ice climbing. During the summer, the Port of Rouses Point and Lake Champlain affords endless water activities like swimming, fishing, kayaking, and waterskiing. The Port of Rouses Point's beautiful surrounding countryside supports a variety of outdoor activities that include biking, hiking, birding, and camping. There are also several challenging Port of Rouses Point golf courses.

The Port of Rouses Point has a humid continental climate with large differences between seasons. The Port of Rouses Point has warm summers that can be hot and humid and cold winters that can be severely cold. Temperatures range from an average high of 21°C (70°F) in July to an average low of about -8°C (18°F) in January. Rainfall varies greatly between seasons, reaching a peak of about ten centimeters (four inches) in August and falling to 2.5 centimeters (one inch) in January. Humidity levels in the Port of Rouses Point hover around 75% from December through May and peak at over 85% in September. Snow comes to the Port of Rouses Point from late October through early May and reach a peak of almost 50 centimeters (20 inches) in December and January.

The Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge is located in Vermont about 17 kilometers (less than ten miles) east-southeast of the Port of Rouses Point. The 6729-acre refuge occupies the Missisquoi River delta where it enters Missisquoi Bay. The refuge contains a variety of habitats that include riverine floodplain forests, wetlands, open fields, and hardwood forests that provide habitat for a wide variety of wildlife and migratory birds. Outdoor lovers will enjoy nature walks, special events, boat tours, and presentations in the refuge.

Open every day from dawn until dusk and easily accessible from the Port of Rouses Point, the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge is a great place for fishing a range of catch that includes the most sought-after walleye, white and yellow perch, northern pike, and largemouth bass as well as a variety of other species. Bank fishing is permitted along Charcoal Creek and some parts of the shoreline. Boat fishing is allowed on the Missisquoi River and the lakeshore delta. Boats and canoes can launch from Louie's Landing, and boating is allowed along the river and in Lake Champlain. Some areas of the refuge are closed to boating to protect the wildlife. Some areas in the refuge are open to waterfowl, upland game, and deer hunting with permits. The Refuge headquarters is open from Monday through Friday from 8am until 4:30pm.

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