SHOREHAM >> The ferry that carries motorists across Lake Champlain between Shoreham, Vermont, and Ticonderoga, New York, is closing for the season early because of low water in the lake.

The Fort Ticonderoga Ferry that is pulled by a cable across the 2,300-foot gap across the southern part of the state has never had to close early before due to low water.

The ferry's Mike Matot has spent the last seven years carrying people across the lake.

Matot tells WCAX-TV that on the New York side of the lake there are rocks visible that are usually underwater.

He says the only solution is more water.

He says they expect to reopen in the spring.

Other ferries further north are operating normally.