We want to keep Lake George safe and clean for all boaters now and for generations to come. Here are some important things to know before you boat:
Anchoring and Mooring:
Anchoring or recreating is prohibited within 200 ft. of shore along private property.
SANDY BAY: Vessels not at provided moorings must be underway.
PARADISE BAY: No anchoring or tie-offs allowed.
'Clean, drained, dry' is the standard for launching a boat in Lake George. It is unlawful to launch without an inspection tag. Find out more about our Invasive Species protection program here.
All Vessels 18 Feet or Longer, or Any Vessel Mechanically Propelled by a Motor 10 h.p. or Greater, Must Register with the Lake George Park Commission and Display a Registration Decal. We can get you registered here at Queen Boat Co.
All children under the age of 13 must wear PFDs at all times when underway. From Nov 1st to May 1st, everyone must wear a PFD.
Pollution and Sanitation:
It is unlawful to throw, discharge, or abandon any foul or deleterious substance into the Lake. Washing dishes, bathing, or use of any soaps or detergents is prohibited. Sanitary facilities must be permanently sealed to prevent discharge into the Lake.
Legal hours of PWC operation are 8am-7pm. Speed limit is 5 MPH within 500 ft. of shore or marked swim area and within 100 ft. of a dock, anchored boat, or float. NYS safety certificate required for all ages and must be carried while operating. Must be 14 years of age.
Prohibited in navigable channels and where it would interfere with free and safe access to docks and boathouses. Flags and markers are required. Boats must stay at least 100 feet clear of diving flags.
6am-9pm - Maximum 45 MPH
9pm-6am - Maximum 25 MPH
All persons waterskiing, tubing, etc. must wear an approved Type III PFD. An observer is required and must be at least 10 years old.
LGPC Registration Rates:
Daily registration rate: $12
Weekly registration rate: $20
Calculate your annual registration rate here
Lake George is a top location for all types of watersports. Skiing, tubing, and wakeboarding are a popular pastime. Stand up paddle boarding has risen dramatically in popularity in the last few years. Around many of the resorts you will find a range of kayaks, canoes, and row boats dotting the water. The adventure junkies are up in the air parasailing. Here are some of the companies around the lake that can help you fulfill your sporting needs.
Lake George Kayak Co.
Lake George Parasailing
Lake George offers great fishing for anglers of all experience and skill levels. Our two story fishery is home to Lake Trout, Atlantic Salmon, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Perch, and over 30 other species of fish. Different seasons offer different types of fishing for our cold water and warm water fish. If you want to learn more, first stop at The Outdoorsman or Fish307. Their knowledgeable staff will make sure you have all the right gear and intel to make it a great fishing day.
Make sure you have a permit before you hit the water. You can purchase online here
Lake George has some fantastic lakeside restaurants that you can boat right up to. Here are some of our favorites.
Blue Water Manor - Docks are first come first serve. Can make reservations for a table.
The Algonquin - Docks are first come first serve. Can make reservations for Topside, dinner only.
Chateau on the Lake - Can reserve dock space with a dinner reservation. First come first serve for lunch and cocktails before dinner hour.
The Sagamore - Call ahead for dock space.
The Boathouse - Docks are first come first serve.
Boardwalk Restaurant - Docks are first come first serve. Accessible via Lake George Village docks as well.
Lake George Shoreline Restaurant - Accessible via Lake George Village docks.
Lake George Beach Club - Docks first come first serve. Boating patrons get priority seating. Dock staff on hand 11a-11p.
The View @ Dunhams Bay - No Docks but directly across the street from the marina.
Lake George is home to close to 200 state and privately owned islands. 44 of them have campsites available for overnight stays. There are also 116 picnic/day use sites spread across 8 islands. The picnic sites are equipped with grills, fireplaces, and picnic tables.
Overnight sites can (and should) be reserved ahead through the links below.
Glen Island Group - 201 sites
Long Island Group - 84 sites
Narrow Island Group - 80 sites
Day use permits are obtained on a first-come, first-serve basis at the ranger station for the region in which the site is located.
Long Island Ranger Station: Speaker Heck Island, Diamond Island
Glen Island Ranger Station: Hazel Island, Sarah Island, West Dollar Island, Black Mountain Point, Commission Point
Narrow Island Ranger Station: Odell Island, Picnic Island
The Adirondacks are a hiker's dream! Many of the best views of Lake George can be found atop the mountains surrounding the Lake.
Black Mountain (5.6 mile loop, difficult): Includes a visit to Round and Lapland ponds and uncrowded views from the summit's south side. The summit has outstanding 360 views, a ranger's station, and several towers.
Buck Mountain (4.6 miles roundtrip from north and 6.6 miles roundtrip from south, difficult): Both trails involve a steady climb to the top. The southern approach features more overlooks along the way. The payoff is panoramic views of Lake George's southern basin.
Cook Mountain (2.6 miles roundtrip, moderate): Incredible view of the Champlain Valley, northern Lake George, and the Adirondacks after just one steep ascent.
Deer Leap (3.7 miles roundtrip, easy): Easily reached lookout on northern part of Lake George.
Five Mile Mountain (6.2 miles roundtrip, difficult): Rugged route from the north includes forest terrain with clearings and overlooks. Steeper approach from the southwest. **Be especially careful of rattlesnakes on this mountain range
French Point Mountain (6.2 miles roundtrip, difficult): A steep ascent to the ridgetop trail. Constant views and rugged trail. Best view of the Narrows at the summit. **Be especially careful of rattlesnakes on this mountain range
Lakeshore Trail (3.5 miles, easy): Old carriage trails lead to Shelving Rock falls.
Prospect Mountain (3 miles roundtrip, difficult): Steep trail near the route of an old funicular. Extensive summit views from the southern end of the Lake.
Sleeping Beauty Mountain (7.8 miles, moderate): Switchbacks ease the ascent. Open ledges at the summit offer great views. Can detour to Bumps and Fishbrook ponds on the return.
If you prefer being on wheels and not foot, Lake George Bike Rentals has you covered. They have an extensive information section on the trails around Lake George - Find a trail
When you're done on the water, Lake George is home to a wide variety of things to do on land. Fun for kids, fun for parents, and fun for the whole family!
Eagle Flyer - Lake George's newest attraction! 1,000 ft. vertical drop zipline traveling over 50 MPH.
Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course - Over 1.5 miles of thrilling aerial adventures including wobbly bridges, climbing walls, zip lines and swinging surprises at varying levels of height and difficulty.
Top of the World - Located on the East side of the Lake a few miles north of Lake George Village, you will find great views and great value here.
Sagamore - This Donald Ross course was designated as the 5th best public course in New York State by Golf Digest.
Fort William Henry
Around the World - For over 50 years has been offering two full 18 hole courses - Around the World and Around the USA - as well as Ice Cream and batting cages.
Pirate's Cove - Make some parrrrrghs at this pirate themed course.
Six Flags Great Escape - You'll also find the Splashwater Kingdom here to cool down on a hot day.
Lake George Village is home to many tourist shops, as well as some local favorites like Lake George Olive Oil and Adirondack Winery. Bolton Landing has a great selection of unique shops and restaurants giving you a full taste of the Adirondacks. Find some Lake George silhouette designs on all kinds of gear from Local. Happy Jacks is great for clothes, toys, and other fun goodies. Check out the latest fashion from Serendipity Boutique.