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A day at the beach is the ultimate summer pastime. The white-hot sand that softly sears the soles of your bare feet and the brisk water that simultaneously shocks your skin and reinvigorates your senses are two pleasures that belong to the beach. A summer escape to the Lake George Area is perfect for anyone who loves to lounge in the sand and splash in the water. Lake George beaches are ideal for sun-seekers who want to swim in the lake and bask in the sun with waterfront restaurants and top attractions nearby. Swimmers who prefer to swim their laps in seclusion can find public beaches in out-of-the-way locales spanning the Lake George Area. Slip on your flip-flops, tie up your bathing suit, and pack a picnic lunch -- Lake George beaches are calling your name.
Beaches in Lake George Village
There are three Lake George beaches located in Lake George Village. If your idea of a beach day is a rambling field of sand, the clearest water around, and absolute convenience, choose one of these three beaches.
Lake George Beach, better known as Million Dollar Beach, is a 51-acre spread of sand on the southern shore of Lake George. This beach is huge, easily accommodating the summertime crowds that come day-after-day to cool off in the water. Million Dollar Beach is clean, state-owned, and absolutely free. Located on the most southern point of Lake George, Million Dollar Beach provides a front-row seat to the steamboats from the Lake George Steamboat Company and Lake George Shoreline. These companies offer daily boat cruises on Lake George, introducing visitors to the beauty of Lake George and the mountains that cradle the water. Million Dollar Beach is an excellent family beach. Lifeguards are on duty every day to ensure the safety of swimmers and the Lake George Bath House has changing facilities, showers, and bathrooms. There are even concession stands for those who would rather not bring a lunch. Million Dollar Beach is within easy walking distance from many Lake George hotels, restaurants, and other attractions. Million Dollar Beach is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., but swimming is only permitted when the lifeguards are on duty.
Suggestion for Swimmers: If you brought your four-legged friend with you to the Lake George Area, the beach next to Million Dollar Beach is known as Dog Beach. This free beach is perfect for dogs who want to join in on the fun.
Usher Park Beach is another beach on Lake George that swimmers and sunbathers love. This small patch of sand and swim area is a short drive from busy Lake George Village and is the sole Lake George beach located on the eastern side of the lake. Beach-goers can look north up Lake George spreading into the distance and can look west towards Lake George Village. Two pavilions in the park provide great cover from the sun and can be reserved for day use. Dark brown picnic tables under each pavilion make a family gathering or a beach birthday party easy. A few covered gazebos can shade swimmers from the sun during a picnic lunch. There is also a small playground for the kids, restrooms, tennis courts, basketball courts, and a sloping, dark green lawn. The hours for Usher Park Beach are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with beach use hours going from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The third of the Lake George beaches in the village is Shepard Park Beach, located on Canada Street, mere feet from the busy sidewalks of Lake George Village. Whether you're taking a short swim in Lake George before a day of shopping or spending an entire day in the water, Shepard Park Beach will work. A lawn slopes down to the water complete with park benches and Adirondack chairs overlooking the lake. This grassy portion of Shepard Park offers plenty of shade for those who don’t quite love the sun. A beautiful amphitheater with several levels of crescent-shaped stone seating sits behind the beach. Concerts and performances are held on various nights throughout the summer against the backdrop of Lake George. Shepard Park Beach is right in the heart of Lake George Village and is easily walkable from many hotels and restaurants. The hours for Shepard Park Beach are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and swimming is allowed when lifeguards are on duty.
Suggestion for Anglers: Shepard Park has a public dock that offers prime fishing. Make sure to bring your rod and reel and make some casts for sunfish, bass, or perch when you visit the beach.
Beaches in Bolton Landing
10-miles north of Lake George Village sits Bolton Landing. The two Lake George beaches in Bolton are located in town parks with plenty to do and convenient access to the local shops and restaurants. If you're in town for the summer holidays these beaches provide front row seats to the fireworks shows over Lake George.
Rogers Memorial Park Beach is the southern-most of the Lake George beaches in Bolton Landing. It's a medium-sized beach with clean white sand that slopes down to Lake George. Loungers can see the Sagamore Resort and Adirondack Mountains such as Sleeping Beauty, Shelving Rock, and Tongue Mountain from the beach. The pier at Rogers Memorial Park was recently revamped with free boat docking and educational signage that gives additional information about Lake George. The pier is a wonderful place to get out of the sun and rest for a few minutes. There is also a sloped lawn, basketball courts, tennis courts, picnic tables, and plenty of room to run around. If you walk up the hill and out of the park there are restaurants and delis that make lunch convenient. The restrooms are renovated, and the Bolton Landing Chamber of Commerce is located at the top of the park if you have any questions about the town. There is a $5 fee for parking. Rogers Memorial Park is open daily all summer from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and lifeguards are on duty from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Veteran’s Memorial Park Beach is on the northern side of town, a short stroll on the sidewalk past the bustling restaurant section of Bolton Landing. This beach is sprawling and flat with plenty of room to spread out a towel and eat a picnic lunch. Veteran's Memorial Park has a lawn to throw a Frisbee or football on, an enthralling playground for the kids, and a circular veranda so that those who need to can sit in the shade. There are picnic tables and grills on the lawn and brand new docks for free boat docking. Veteran's Memorial Park also has a rolling kayak launch affording easy access to the lake for paddlers. Before you hit the beach, stop to admire the small memorial to veterans that greets you as you walk from the parking lot to the sand. A covered picnic area with plenty of tables makes lunch on the water a breeze. Of all the Lake George beaches, "Vet's" has the best view of the Narrows. There is a $5 fee for parking. Veteran's Memorial Park Beach is open daily all summer from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and lifeguards are on duty from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hague Town Beach
Hague is a peaceful town that doesn't have the hustle and bustle of Lake George Village and Bolton Landing. As far as Lake George beaches, Hague has a good one.
Further north on Lake George is Hague Town Beach in the Hague Town Park. Hague Town Beach rests on a quiet section of the lake, far from the busy streets of Bolton Landing and Lake George Village. This public beach has a vast swimming area watched over by two lifeguard stands sitting on the lengthy, thin beach. Hague Town Park has a large, rambling, grassy section perfect for playing with the kids, picnic tables for a sit-down lunch, and plenty of playground space for when the kids want to take a break from the water. There are public boat docks at Hague Town Park that make tying up in Hague a breeze. Hague Town Park also has a boat launch that is free for residents or $15 dollars a launch for out-of-towners. The Hague Visitor Center is located in the parking lot of the Hague Town Beach for anyone who has a question about town. Beach hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from late June through August.
Suggestion for Music Lovers: Hague's concert series takes place on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. in the Hague Town Park through July and August. Don't forget your lawn chair!
Other Beaches in the Lake George Area
Of course, there are more places to swim and sunbathe than just the Lake George beaches. Secluded beaches are located all over the Lake George Area.
The Luzerne Public Beach sits on the shores of Lake Luzerne. This spot is open from late June through the end of August, and features a small beach and swimming area. Parking is limited at Luzerne Public Beach, so plan to arrive early. There is no fishing in this location, but there is a boat launch if you're a paddler.
Wayside Beach is another beach on Lake Luzerne. Wayside Beach has a swimming area that can fit plenty of visitors. This is an ideal spot for a picnic, an afternoon swim, or to launch your canoe or kayak. Lake Luzerne Music Camp is located nearby so paddlers can sometimes hear the students playing their instruments over the water.
Brant Lake Beach is a small free beach in the quaint town of Horicon. Brant Lake Beach is great for swimming, picnicking, sunbathing.
Located in the town of Chester, the Loon Lake Town Beach is a beautiful plot of sand. Visitors can swim, picnic, and fish. It's recently renovated and well maintained. There's also a small launch for non-motorized boats.