Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
Yes
ADA accessible
Yes
Guided tours
No
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Lake George, the “Queen of American Lakes,” is a historically rich lake that lies in the southeastern Adirondacks. Originally called Andia-ta-roc-te by Native Americans in the area, the lake experienced several name changes including Lac du Saint-Sacrement before receiving its enduring name of Lake George after the British King George II. Fort William Henry, which lies at the southern end of the lake, was named after the King’s grandson.

Lake George is a long and narrow lake; its width ranges from 1 to 3 miles, and it is 32.2 miles long from north to south. Its average depth is 20 feet with a maximum depth of 196 feet. Dropping 226 feet over 3.5 miles with several rapids and waterfalls, the La Chute River connects it to Lake Champlain in the Town of Ticonderoga.

The lake is described as oligotrophic, meaning it has low nutrient content, which leads to low algal production and very clear waters. The bottoms of these kinds of lakes are often oxygen-rich and support a higher number of fish species.

Several towns and villages line the shore of the lake including the Village of Lake George and towns of Bolton, Hague, and Ticonderoga, all of which become tourist hot-spots in the summer. The relatively low year-round population of the region can grow to over 50,000 during this season. Theses municipalities offer endless recreational activities that include swimming, camping, hiking, fishing, boating, steamboat rides and historical tours.

Camping is available along the shores of the lake at such sites as Roger’s Rock, a state campground with many amenities, or in the Shelving Rock Area of the Lake George Wild Forest, where there are primitive campsites for those who desire a more secluded setting.

Hikers will find dozens of trails and mountains around the lake to climb. From the Tongue Mountain Range and Sleeping Beauty to Pilot Knob and Buck Mountain, hikers will find the perfect trail to tackle. The avid hiker will welcome the Lake George 12ster program that offers a patch and certificate to those who climb the 12 highest peaks near Lake George.

Visitors to the Village of Lake George can enjoy the scenery of the lake on a steamboat tour or from high above while parasailing. Million Dollar Beach is the primary beach on the lake for those who just want to relax and soak up the sun, and countless restaurants offer everything from slices of pizza to fine dining.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Swimming. Fishing. Boating. Hiking.

Cons

Crowds.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Features

Wildflowers
Big vistas
Old-growth forest
ADA accessible
Family friendly
Flushing toilets
Marina
Vault toilet
Covered picnic areas
Boat ramp(s)
Historically significant
Wildlife
Fishing
Shelters
Potable water
Near lake or river
Picnic tables

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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