Lake George – Gateway to the Adirondacks

An Adirondack treasure, a fun-filled vacation spot…Lake George is the place to go when you want to do it all.

Lake George, located in the foothills of the Adirondacks, is approximately 32 miles long and is nearly 3 miles wide. Much of the shoreline is unsettled, and through federal and state conservation efforts, will remain so. Small communities surround the lake, each lending its own unique style and way of life.

Of these, the village of Lake George offers the largest mix of attractions, restaurants, shops and nightlife. You can walk within a two-block radius and rent a boat, watch a war reenactment, relax on the beach, take a cruise, play miniature golf, parasail, hit the arcades, ride in a horse drawn carriage, have a cocktail overlooking the lake, or just relax on a bench and watch the world go by. The variety of sounds, images, and tastes are as varied as the people who flock to Lake George each year to enjoy a relaxed and fun-filled vacation.

There are numerous lodging options available within Lake George village, outside the village or in other nearby communities such as Diamond Point or the town of Bolton. Whether you like to pitch your tent under the stars, relax by the motel pool, or bunk with the kids in a rustic Adirondack cabin, you will find just the right place to call home during your stay.

Lake George in the Adirondacks is approximately 32 miles long and is nearly 3 miles wide.

lake-george-tourMuch of the Lake George shoreline, particularly the eastern shore, is unsettled. Due to the tight restrictions, through federally and state administered conservation efforts, it will forever remain so. The shoreline ranges from beautiful, quiet, sandy beaches to rocky crags, cliffs, marshes and tall hemlock stands.

The water quality and clarity is excellent. In fact the water of Lake George is so clean, many of the summer and year round residents take their daily drinking water directly from the lake, without purification.

Scuba diving is very popular in Lake George. Not only does the water clarity lend itself to this form of activity, the local history of the Adirondack region demands the avid diver to come and explore. Historic shipwrecks abound. There are numerous underwater sites to discover and explore. These sites are protected. It is forbidden to disturb or remove any artifact found in the lake. But who knows, maybe you will be the one to find a French and Indian war cannon or shipwreck! Lake George Lodging

Boating on the lake runs the gamut from small personal watercraft like jet skies, to the large tour boats. Boating is one of the most popular activities on the lake and throughout the Adirondacks. With so many miles of water, crowded conditions are rare. There are also great places for boaters to congregate. Places like Paradise and Log Bay are popular sites for families to anchor for a day of swimming. You will find that boaters on Lake George are very friendly, helpful people. If you bring your boat to the lake, as many visitors do, you will find it easy to launch and dock. You will also need to purchase a Lake George Park Commission boat permit, which can be purchased at the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce main office and most marinas.

If quiet is your objective, you can pull your yacht into a secluded cove and spend the entire day in relative privacy. Many of the islands on the lake are state owned and managed. For a small fee, you can reserve a campsite for a night, week, or longer.

lake-george-boatThere are great shoreline picnic spots available as well. A list of these sites can be had by calling the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce.

During the summer, a number of boat shows occur. Everyone’s favorite is The Antique and Classic Boat Show. This year’s show will be held at the public docks in Lake George Village on August 24th.

Fishing on the lake has long been a draw for many an angler. You can sit peacefully on a dock and drop a line down for some pan fish like Perch, Sunnies and Rock Bass, or you can head out on the open water. If you don’t own a boat, or would like to learn the best techniques for landing the big ones, several charter fishing companies will take you and your party out for a day of exciting fishing.

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