Rouses Point Inspection Station
The Rouses Point border crossing is a small, quiet land port that connects the village of Rouses Point and the municipality of Lacolle, Quebec. It is one of three crossings in the area of Lacolle, and the easternmost port along the US-Canada border in the state of New York.
The border crossing is often referred to by the CBSA as Lacolle 223 as it is located along Quebec Route 223 and to differentiate it from the other two crossings – Champlain – Lacolle and Overton – Lacolle 221. At some point in the past, the crossing was also called Cantic, after a nearby village in Quebec.
The Rouses Point border crossing used to be a popular port of entry to the US during the Prohibition era. Only a few paved roads existed at the time, and US Route 11 was one of them. Also, the US border station was located within the village of Rouses Point, not at the US-Canada border. This meant that travelers entering the US at this location were expected to stop by the village for an inspection. Smugglers were then able to avoid reporting to the customs officials regarding the goods they were bringing into the country. In 1931, the US border station was built nearer the boundary line. The same station still stands today and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2014.
Hours of Operations & Wait Times in Rouses Point
The US port of entry is open 24/7 to passenger and commercial vehicles. The Canadian port of entry is also open to travelers 24/7. Commercial vehicles, however, are limited to weekdays from 8 am to 5 pm, except on holidays.
Delays are rare at the Rouses Point border crossing. Travelers who want o check current wait times at this port while on the road can use the CanBorder app or the CBP Border Wait Times app (Google Play or iTunes).
Weather, Traffic & Road Conditions
The Rouses Point border crossing is mostly used by locals which means traffic is typically light. This port is often a recommended alternative when the main Champlain border crossing is backed up.
Travelers who want to check the traffic and road conditions on New York’s highways can use the state’s 511 Traveler Information System to get reports on road incidents, roadway conditions, weather, and even travel speed. Travelers can access the information by calling 511 or 888-465-1169 (calls from outside the NY state), downloading the 511NY app (iTunes, Google Play), or checking the 511NY website.
The Quebec 511 program also provides road conditions reports to the public. Travelers can call 511 or 1-888-355-0511, download the mobile app, or follow the Twitter account @Qc511_Mtl to access this information.
Contact & Directions for Your Trip
To get more information about the Rouses Point border crossing, travelers can talk to the US or Canadian customs officials at this location using the numbers provided below. Travelers who are planning their route to this border crossing can use the map and directions below.
Find Directions to the Border Crossing on the Map
Address & Phone Numbers
- U.S.: 19 St Johns Hwy Rouses Point, NY 12979
- US Customs:(518) 297-2441
- Canada: 154 Route 223, Lacolle, Quebec J0J 1J0
- Canadian Customs: (450) 246-3510
Things to Know About the Rouses Point Border Crossing:
- Rouses Point is the northernmost and easternmost village in the state of New York, located at Lake Champlain’s north end. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of activities in the village including shopping, fishing, golfing, and dining.
- There is a duty free shop on the Canadian side of the border. The Boutique Hors Taxes Richelieu Inc is located at 148 ROUTE 223, Lacolle, QC J0J 1J0, Canada. Visitors can call 450-246-2227 to get the store’s hours of operation.
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