Lake Champlain at Sunset with Sailboats


the history of champlain national bank

Champlain National Bank’s history dates back to 1909 when Lake Champlain National Bank began operations in Westport, NY. In 1959 it merged with Essex County National Bank, based in Willsboro, NY, and dropped “Lake” from its name. Additional branches were opened in 1961 in Elizabethtown, 1973 in Crown Point, 1987 in Keene, 1992 and 1999 in Plattsburgh, 1996 in Champlain, 2006 in Lake Placid, and 2017 in Saranac Lake. The Bank’s Board of Directors and employees are proud of the Bank’s long history serving the people of Essex, Clinton, and Franklin counties as the area’s local, community-focused Bank.

Many artifacts from the Bank’s early days are on display at our Willsboro and Westport branches. Open to the public, these items show how people kept track of their money in the early 20th century. Also on display are some of the tools tellers used in the early days of banking.

Archival Display of bank history

Archival Display of bank history

why choose us?

Champlain National Bank - It's Cool to Bank Local!

We’re certain you'll find our service amazing! We believe that our clients are best served when decisions are made at the local level by people who understand our area’s unique needs, rather than at a distant corporate headquarters. We've withstood the test of time due to our values, and our commitment to providing the best service possible. Our clients and communities are extremely important to us and are the foundation of our strategic policies. Choose us if you want to do business with a local bank that will know your name, greet you with a smile, and appreciate your relationship.

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one more thing

At Champlain National Bank, we really love dogs. We have a few dogs that hang out with us full-time, and many who visit us daily when their owners need to do some banking. We’re told these furry visitors are big fans of the treats and pets we give out. In fact, we’re pretty sure we’re the most dog-friendly bank on the planet. If you have a great picture you want to share of your dog visiting one of our branches, please email it to us at and you might just see it here or on social media. Woof!

Emily and Alex with a Dog

Kurri Westover holding a puppy

Man Holding Leash Attached to Dog with Paws on Desk

Little Dog with Paw Up on Teller Line

Dog at the Teller Line

Dog at tellers window

Dog with mug

Dog in the drive through