Lake George Area Instagram Photo Contest!

The Lake George area is full of scenes waiting to be captured, whether it’s on top of a mountain, at the lake, at the local farmers’ market or at one of the many events going on throughout the year. Share your Lake George area photos with us on Instagram in November and December and you could win one of four awesome prizes (your pick)!

Beginning November 16th and ending December 13th, we will have four weekly themed photo contests — first landscapes, then tastes, after that places, and finally, selfies!

To enter your Instagram photo for a chance to win, mention @LakeGeorgeArea, use #VisitLakeGeorgeArea in the caption, and make sure you are following the Lake George Area Instagram. That’s it! To win, the photo must be a reflection of the weekly theme, be submitted during that week and must either be taken in Warren County or be a view of Warren County.

For a complete list of Terms and Conditions click here.

Weekly Themes:

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Did you know Warren County has more then 10 lakes and is made up of about 7% water, with all its lakes, rivers, ponds, and streams. Combine that with over 100 peaks and you have endless possibilities for breathtaking landscape shots. Show us your best!

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The Lake George Area is full of locally grown and produced food and beverages with over five breweries, wineries and distilleries, over nine Farmers’ Markets throughout the region, and over seven farms!

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There are more then 20 cities, towns, villages, and hamlets in the Lake George Area filled with theaters, museums, music venues, historic sites, beaches, parks, and so much more.

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Hint: The best places to take selfies are in places you love.
There are more then 65,000 people living in the area and even more with visitors. We want selfies of everyone! But be careful, we don’t want this to happen.

Columbus Day Weekend in the Lake George Area

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Fall foliage, food and beverage festivals, scary fun, biking, and fishing, the Lake George Area has it all going on during Columbus Day weekend. Check out below for the weekends best bets!

Take in the beautiful fall foliage of the Adirondacks with a scenic drive through the Lake George Area. Below is a suggested driving route that takes you through Brant Lake, Warrensburg and along the west Lake George shoreline. Take in the view from the top of a mountain with a gondola ride up Gore Mountain in North Creek and drive to the top of Prospect Mountain in Lake George.

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Foodies can get their garlic on at the Garlic Festival during the Warrensburg Farmer’s Market on Friday from 3-6pm at Warrensburg Mills Historic District Park. Live music, samplings, food contests, recipes, horticultural information, bulbs, and locally grown produce and maple products will plant the seed for a great long weekend.

Have scary fun and a ghoulish good time at the Six Flags Great Escape Fright Fest! During the day you’ll find great thrills on all the rides and roller coasters, a trick or treat trail, scream and costume contests, and more. Once the sun goes down the thrills will turn to fright as the ghouls emerge from three scare zones in the park! Tour a haunted house and walk the haunted maze!

Participate in a scary twist on a 5K run with the Zombie Run also at Six Flags Great Escape during the Fright Fest weekend! Would you survive the zombie apocalypse? Try by donning a belt with three flags before the race and see how many you can keep as zombies chase you throughout the course and try to take your flags. Registration includes admission into the park and a post race Survival Bash!

Immerse yourself in the mountains and the fall season at the Gore Mountain Harvest Fest on Saturday and Sunday. Free admission from 10am-4:30pm both days. It’s great for the entire family! Dig in to a hearty and creative fall food and drink menu, an array of Adirondack artisan vendors, live music, helicopter rides, petting zoo, pony rides, children’s entertainers, and awesome inflatables! Enjoy all that Gore Mountain has to offer including their scenic gondola rides, downhill mountain biking, climbing wall, bungee trampoline, and disc and mini golf during the Harvest Fest.

Authentic German beer and food, Adirondack Brewery hand-crafted ales, live music, dancing, keg toss, yodeling contest, and more during the the Fifth Annual Lake George Village Oktoberfest on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! For the kids there is face painting, pony rides, bouncy houses, games and more. Artisans from throughout the region will also be displaying their beautiful creations that will be on sale for anyone ready for early holiday shopping or to take home a specially crafted item.

Calling all bikers! Peak Season Century around Lake George is Saturday, October 10th, and during peak fall foliage, this 100-mile bike ride will be one you won’t forget. Another plus, proceeds will be going to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. If 100 miles is too challenging, there is also a 62-mile option.

Make it a fishing weekend or just go for the afternoon, either way the trout will be biting! The Lake George Area has world-class fishing in its many lakes, rivers, ponds, and brooks. If you’re an experienced fisher familiar with the area, dive right in, but if you need guidance there are licensed guides or charter services. For more information on fishing in the Lake George Area, guides and charters visit http://www.visitlakegeorge.com/outdoor-recreation/fishing.

 


Hello, October!

Temperatures are dropping and the foliage is heating up! After a week of cooler temperatures, autumn color has increased significantly, especially in the northern reaches of Warren County. While estimates are still a bit conservative with 25% change in the Lake George Area and 40% change near the Gore Mountain Area, a scenic drive this weekend will not disappoint. Proof positive – a morning drive by Loon Lake! Weekend weather will hold out with temps in the upper 50s and a few clouds. So, get a good night’s sleep, hop in the car and take a drive to the Lake George Area this weekend!

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Best bets for the coming weekend: 

World’s Largest Garage Sale

Townwide, Warrensburg

October 3-4

This is a townwide garage sale, flea market, craft fair, food fest and bargain hunters dream all rolled into one!

Leaf Cruncher 5k  

Gore Mountain, North Creek

October 4

Trail run, live music and gondola ride included with registration. See the fall color on the trail and from atop Gore Mountain! It’s a two-for-one deal!

Click here for a complete list of events in the Lake George Area.


Fall is in the air!

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Welcome Fall! With daytime temperatures expected to be in the mid-70s this week and overnight temps in the mid-40s, it certainly feels like fall is on its way. A Sunday afternoon drive over Route 8 to Riparius and along Route 28 to North River was absolutely delightful. The sun was sparkling on the Hudson River and groups of whitewater rafters were just finishing their upper gorge trip as I stopped to take some pictures. A swath of color across Gore Mountain and an occasional red maple tree by the river provided a glimpse of what is to come.

Change in color is just beginning this week in the northern reaches of the area with an estimate of 20% by the weekend. If you head to the Lake George Area, expect a green landscape with a smattering of yellows and reds. The mountains are beautiful now, but it’s going to be downright gorgeous in the weeks to come.

Best Bets for the coming weekend:

Thurman Fall Farm Tour

September 26

A day of country fun featuring a pancake breakfast, scarecrow contest, Nettle Meadow Farm Tour and goat cheese tasting, pumpkin painting, llamas, quilt show, chicken BBQ. Oh, my! So much to see and do. And only 15 minutes from Lake George. See you there! www.thurmanfallfarmtour.com

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American Festival for the Lake

September 26-27

A two-day music festival featuring Sawyer Fredericks, Kung Fu, Donna the Buffalo and Country Music Sunday.There will also be food trucks, a craft beer zone and children’s activities. www.festivalcommons.com/upcoming-events/

 

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A Day on the Lake

If you’ve vacationed in the Lake George Area you have likely experienced the joy that is “The Queen of American Lakes”. Maybe you took a dip at the Million Dollar Beach; maybe you went parasailing; maybe you took a cruise on the Minnie-Ha-Ha. But Lake George is 32 miles long and it’s crystal clear water beckons you to explore all it has to offer. So how to do this? Sure, you can rent a boat for a few hours and set out on your own, trusty navigational map in-hand. But an alternative idea might be to have an experienced guide take you to the sweet spots while you sit back and enjoy the beauty of the lake.

There are a handful of charter guides who take you on a personalized tour. They are experienced boaters. They love the lake. They know the depths, coves and contours of the lake like the back of their hand. And they’d love to share it with you. Whether you choose Bolton Boat Tour’s sporty bow-rider, the vintage Lyman cruiser offered by Love is on Lake George Cruises or a roomy pontoon, all will offer special locations and insight that only a local can provide.

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If you depart from the beautiful town docks at Rogers Park in Bolton Landing, you can’t help but take notice of the stately Sagamore Hotel. Its majestic beauty will immediately command your attention. Ask your guide to slow the boat and take your picture with the grande dame in the background. Your friends will all be envious. If you are not a hotel guest, consider lunch on the outdoor pavilion or dinner overlooking the lake. You’ll be glad you did.
The Sagamore Hotel

Before heading north, notice the aptly named Dome Island on the starboard side, a wildlife sanctuary since 1956. At an elevation of 76 feet, this island served as a location for English scouts to keep an eye on the Indians encamped on islands to the north during the French and Indian War.*

Heading north you will enter a 3-mile section of the lake known as The Narrows. This section of the lake is dotted with islands, some privately owned, and some owned by the State of New York. State-owned islands are specifically designated as either day-use picnic islands or overnight camping islands. A day use permit is only $12 and a campsite is $28 per night. How’s that for a little slice of heaven?

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Cruising through The Narrows your guide will ease up on the throttle as you pass islands with names like Pleasure Island and Bass Island, and past privately owned summer homes that are accessible only by boat.

Are you ready for a dip in the 70-degree water? Dollar Island offers some modest rock cliffs that call your name. You’re ready to jump into the lake’s refreshing water, but will one jump be enough? The young and young at heart will swim to shore, scramble up the rock and jump again and again.

Time to towel off and head over to a special place known as Paradise Bay. No boats can anchor or moor in this bay, but your guide will turn off the engine so you can float in silence and soak up the beauty of this hidden gem.  Keep your eyes open for turtles, geese and the magnificent blue heron. Sit back and enjoy. You are truly in paradise.

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If swimming in a shallow sandy bay is your idea of summer fun, ask your guide to take you to Log Bay. But a word of caution, you won’t be alone. This fabulous bay is a popular destination for boaters who want to moor for a few hours or the better part of the day.  Plan ahead and bring a picnic lunch – and plenty of sunscreen.

Log Bay

Need to get out of the summer sun for a little while? Your guide can drop anchor close enough that you can wade to the shoreline and then take you on a short hike up to Shelving Rock Falls. This 50 ft cascading waterfall is about a 15-minute walk up from the lake.

Not quite ready to call it a day? Ask your guide to take you to Glen Island where there is a ranger station and camp store. Did someone say ice cream?

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As you circle back south be sure to swing by the infamous Calf’s Pen cliffs. Water here is plenty deep, but the location on an open stretch of shoreline with craggy rocks. It is susceptible to wind, waves and uncertain water conditions. Better to watch from the boat than tackle this one.

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Your tour is winding down as you return to Bolton Landing. Take note of distinguished lakefront homes, idyllic opera museum studio, marinas full of rental boats and kayakers enjoying the shoreline. 

When you are unloading your gear back at the dock, you may be a little sad to realize your lake tour is over. But you’ll go home with vivid memories of your day, and a new appreciation for this magnificent lake.

How can you find a cruise on the lake? Click here for steamboats, touring vessels and customized personal tours.

*  “Lake George Reflections: Island History and Lore”, Frank Leonbruno.


Family-Friendly Fishing Hotspots in the Lake George Area

The Lake George Area is full of outstanding public fishing opportunities; from crystal clear lakes to rivers, streams and ponds. While the adventurous can find plenty of backcountry ponds and rivers, there are enough family friendly fishing holes to keep you busy all summer long, even if you don’t have a boat. Don’t forget to purchase your NYS fishing license for those 16 and up.

Here are some fun, accessible spots worth mentioning:

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Hudson River (Queensbury)

This public boat launch, located at the end of Big Boom Road (exit 18), has a couple docks and some shoreline available within walking distance. Though not a trout area, expect to catch your share of sunfish, bass, pike, and perch.

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Crandall Pond (Glens Falls)

Located a short drive from downtown Glens Falls, Crandall Park’s spring-fed pond offers bridges, platforms, and a few different areas for the whole family to explore. A variety of fish can be caught here, even in the heat of summer. Springtime sees the annual fishing derby, while summer and fall are great for bass, pickerel, and panfish.

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Hovey Pond (Queensbury)

Resting quietly between the main roads through Queensbury (Lafayette St, Queensbury), this small but beautiful pond contains a variety of fish— from surprisingly big bass and pike, to trout and panfish. Expect accessibility and a large amount of shoreline available to fish.

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Glen Lake (Queensbury)

A small canoe/kayak public launch is located next to the Docksider Restaurant in Queensbury. This is Lake George’s smaller, quieter neighbor to the south and it offers an amazing variety of species, from trout and smallmouth to pike, perch & largemouth bass. A canoe or kayak opens up a whole world of opportunity and exciting shoreline.

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Lake Luzerne (Lake Luzerne)

Just over the mountain from Queensbury (Rt. 9N), Lake Luzerne is a quiet, less populated lake. It also boasts a couple beaches and a public boat launch, walkable shoreline, and gorgeous Adirondack scenery. Expect an abundance of bass, perch, and panfish.

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Schroon River (Warrensburg)

Make the drive to exit 24 off I-87 in Bolton. Venture to the public fishing areas dotting each side of the Schroon River, a classic Adirondack river, its cool, swift waters teeming with all varieties of trout, as well as some smallmouth bass and perch. Be aware of the water levels here as they can vary greatly with the weather.

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Brant Lake (Brant Lake)

Cool, scenic Brant Lake, located just over the mountain from Hague on Lake George, is a low-key getaway for locals and seasonal residents. Here you’ll find a few different areas to launch a canoe or kayak, as well as some public shoreline to drop a line. Expect trout in the cooler months, while bass season heats up in the summer.

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Schroon River (Warrensburg)

The quaint Adirondack village of Warrensburg offers several access-friendly hotspots along the Schroon River. Expect some variation of fast water and some slow, deep pools for any type of fishing. Small beach-like areas and walkable shoreline offer great opportunities for trout, bass, panfish, and pickerel.

Hudson River in North River & North Creek

Though sought after by advanced fly fishermen, these fast waters also offer quieter respite along various shoreline breaks of water. Expect all varieties of trout and some smallmouth bass in shallower, clear water with a rocky bottom. If you’re here in the warmer months, you’ll find your share of whitewater enthusiasts (rafts, kayaks, tubes).

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Hudson River in Thurman

One of the prettiest views along the Hudson River is in little-known Thurman, along Rt. 28, just north of Warrensburg. Be aware of water levels for the little ones and make sure to stop by the area’s only fish hatchery on the way (145 Echo Lake Rd, Warrensburg).

Shepard Park on Lake George

What’s a fishing trip in the Lake George Area without fishing one of the country’s most scenic lakes? While much of the lake is not available to the public in the thick of the summer months, you can find the public dock here on the southwest shore a good opportunity to drop a line. A variety of trout, bass, pike, and perch are up for grabs.

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Thirteenth Lake 

Thirteenth lake in North River is a backwoods experience minus the hike. An accessible gravel path leads from the parking lot to a canoe launch where you’ll have a chance at landing native Adirondack brook trout.

Feeling adventurous? A network of hiking trails loop around the lake’s east side, offering access to lakeside campsites and gin clear mountain ponds.

Happy Fishing from all of us in the Lake George area!


Fired up for the Fourth

We take July 4th fireworks pretty seriously in the Lake George Area. Once you experience fireworks over the lake with a mountain backdrop lighting up in the background you’ll understand why. The best part? Twenty minutes or less in the car will guarantee you a fireworks display from anywhere in Warren County on at least one night during the July 4th weekend.

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Whether you’re looking for something to fill your entire day, light up your night or just to catch a quick and free firework display we have great suggestions.

July 3rd, 4th & 5th:

July 4th Fest (Queensbury)

The Great Escape

The Six Flags Great Escape will have fireworks nightly during their Coca-Cola July 4th celebration.  If you bring a can of Coca-Cola an hour before the park opens you’ll get exclusive ride time with a day ticket!

How about a family-friendly firework display accompanied by great music, food and fun activities with free admission? Check out these events:

July 3rd: 

Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra Concert & Fireworks (Glens Falls)

Crandall Park

The Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra will be playing patriotic favorites and more under the direction of Maestro Charles Peltz.  The concert starts 7:30pm and there will be food and drink vendors.  Around 6,000 people normally attend so get there early to claim your spot!

Fourth of July Celebration – Calamity Rock Concert and Fireworks (Hague)

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Starting at 6pm catch Calamity Rock and fireworks at the Hague Town Beach on Lake George Friday evening.

July 4th:

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Shepard Park

These fireworks go off from Shepard Park and can be seen from all over the south basin. One of the biggest displays of the summer, so if you’re driving you’ll want to make sure you arrive early to find parking.

July 4th: 

Fourth of July Celebration – Fireworks and More! (Bolton Landing)

Rogers Park

Enjoy fireworks on Lake George, professional DJ Entertainment, face painting, a magician/juggler and more from 7-10PM.  Great for the whole family!

Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks (North Creek)

North Creek Ski Bowl Park

Family fun, entertainment and food!

Need plans for the day that require little to no planning and that include fireworks at night?  Here are a couple of options:

July 4th & 5th:

Adirondack Independence Music Festival (Lake George)

Festival Commons at Charles R. Wood Park

A two-day music festival featuring the top touring tribute acts in the nation and fireworks on the 4th! A great festival for the family with music, food, and merchandise and craft vendors from all over New England.  Gates open at 3PM both days and will be open till 11PM.  Day pass tickets are $20 and weekend passes are $30, kids under 10 are free!

Helpful Hints:

-Fireworks usually start around 9pm but you’ll want to arrive a little earlier to find parking.

-Bring blankets and/or chairs if you don’t want to stand or sit on the grass.

-The Lake George Area has fireworks displays throughout the summer.  For locations and dates visit http://www.visitlakegeorge.com/events/fireworks.


Discover Your Perfect Ride

As the Americade Rally shows year after year, this region is filled with options for enjoying the vistas from the seat of a motorcycle. We’ve taken the liberty of providing five different routes for motorycles, all clocking in around the 60 minute mark. Have fun, be safe, and we hope you enjoy the ride.

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Loop 1: Brant Lake

• Leave Lake George Village and head North on Rt. 9N to Hague, NY

• Left on Rt 8 at Hague, through Graphite, along Brant Lake to Schroon River Road, just before the Northway

• Left on the Schroon River Road to Rt. 9 in Warrensburg

• Left on Rt. 9 South back to Lake George Village

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Loop 2: Adirondack Route

• Leave Lake George Village and head North on Rt. 9N along the lake to Bolton Landing

• Just North of Bolton Landing, take a left on Rt. 11 to riverbank on the Schroon River

• Take a right on Scroon River Road, heading North towards Pottersville

• Take a right on East Shore Road along Schroon Lake to Adirondack

• After visiting the general store in Adirondack, return the way you came to the East Shore Road, take a right in Pottersville

• In Pottersville, take Rt 9 to Rt. 8. Bear right on Rt. 8 through Riparius to Wevertown and Rt 28

• Right on Rt. 28 South to Rt. 9, just north of Warrensburg

• Continue on Rt 9 South back to Lake George Village

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Loop 3: North Creek Route

• Head North from Lake George Village on Rt. 9 through Warrensburg to Chestertown

• Continue on Rt. 9 Along Loon Lake to Pottersville

• In Pottersville, bear left on the Olmsteadville Road

• In Olmsteadville, bear left on Rt. 29 and go a short way to Rt. 28N

• Bear left on Rt. 28N to North Creek and Rt. 28

• Left on Rt. 28 to the intersection of Rt. 28 and Rt 9

• Bear right on Rt. 9 through Warrensburg and continue south back to Lake George Village

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Loop 4: Stony Creek Route

• Head North from Lake George Village on Rt. 9 to Warrensburg

• In Warrensburg, at the 3rd stop light, go left on Rt. 418

• After you cross the Hudson River and train tracks, take a left on Rt. 3 to Stony Creek

• In Stony Creek, at the 4 corners, take a left on Rt. 12 South to Hadley

• In Hadley, go left across the Schroon River to Lake Luzerne

• Take a left on Rt. 9N back to Route 9

• Take a left on Rt. 9 back to Lake George Village

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Loop 5: Queensbury-Glens Falls Route

• Follow Beach Road from Lake George Village to Rt. 9L

• Left on Rt. 9L along Lake George to Cleverdale. Continue on Rt. 9L (Ridge Road) to Rt. 254

• Continue on Rt. 254, across the Northway, through the roundabout, and to the stop sign on West Mountain Road

• Take a left on West Mountain Road, heading South to the stop sign at Corinth Road

• Continue on Corinth Road, over the mountain to the stop sign at the East River Road

• Follow the East River Road to the right, along the Hudson River to the village of Lake Luzerne ant Rt. 9N (by Stewart’s)

• Take a right on Rt. 9N to Rt. 9

• Left on Rt. 9 back to Lake George Village