CHESTERFIELD, N.Y. (AP) — A preservation group has purchased 600 acres on the shore of Lake Champlain for future addition to New York's Adirondack Forest Preserve.

The Open Space Institute says the acquisition enhances boating and mountaintop hiking opportunities while protecting water quality. It's in the town of Chesterfield, 125 miles north of Albany.

The institute bought the land for $500,000 from the Gellert family. It includes Trembleau Mountain and more than 4,000 feet of Lake Champlain frontage, and offers views of the High Peaks and the Green Mountains of Vermont.

The Department of Environmental Conservation plans to create trails after the state acquires the land from Open Space Institute.

The top of Trembleau will remain privately owned, but the ridge has lower bald peaks with fine views.

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