Our History


Champlain National Bank’s history dates back to 1909 when Lake Champlain National Bank began operations in Westport, NY.  The Champlain National Bank that exists today was formed in 1959 as the result of the merger between Essex County National Bank in Willsboro, NY (founded in 1923) and Lake Champlain National Bank.  Additional branches were opened in 1961 in Elizabethtown, 1973 in Crown Point, 1987 in Keene, 1992 and 1999 in Plattsburgh, 1996 in Champlain and 2006 in Lake Placid.

In 1986 the Bank became a wholly owned subsidiary of Champlain Bank Corporation, which is owned by the former shareholders of the Bank.  Most of the shareholders have close ties to the Bank's service area, which makes Champlain National Bank the only independent, community owned financial institution in Essex and Clinton counties.

We believe that our clients are best served when decisions are made at the local level by people who understand the area’s unique needs and where the best interests of the community take priority, rather than at a distant corporate headquarters.  We do banking on a first name basis with knowledgeable and friendly staff who understand our clients’ financial needs and who are willing to go out of their way to help.