Lake George

Lake George is one of the most historic areas throughout the entire New York State. It has been nicknamed the “Queen of the American Lakes” and drains into Lake Champlain. The lake is 32 miles and draws from underground springs. It also includes 109 miles of shoreline, close to 300 islands, covers nearly 44 square miles, and is 320 feet above sea level. The water from Lake George empties through Ticonderoga Creek into Lake Champlain at a total fall which surpasses that of Niagara Falls. Along Lake George’s shores were made military decisions which had an effect on America’s early history and helped mold what America is today.

Lake George is located in the Adirondack Park and mountain range. Notable landforms include Anthony’s Nose, Deer’s Leap, Roger’s Rock, the Indian Kettles, Diver’s Rock (a 15 ft (4.6 m) jump into the lake), and Double-Diver’s. Mountains include Tongue Mountain, Sugarloaf Mountain, Prospect Mountain, Shelving Rock, Pilot Knob, and Black Mountain.

The lake was originally named the Horican, meaning “tail of the lake”, by local Native Americans, and was called the Horican in James Fenimore Cooper’s narrative Last of the Mohicans.

In 1755, an expedition against the French was planned to eliminate French rights in America. This meeting was scheduled to take place at Albany and all the colonies met there. The plan was set and Major General William Johnson advanced from Albany to Fort Edward to Lake Saint Sacrement with a force of around 2200 colonial troops and 300 Indians for the Battle of Lake George.

The Lake George and Adirondack area had a prominent role in famous battles of the French and Indian Wars as well as the American Revolution and was originally a route of travel for the American Indian. For them, it formed the connecting link in the main water route between the Hudson River and Lake Champlain. The Iroquois called it: “There Where the Lake Is Shut In.

In August of 1642, Father Isaac Joques and his men paddled over Lake George and were the first white men to set eyes on its beauty. They were attacked and captured by the Mohawks but Father Joques escaped and returned home to France. In 1646 he was sent by the French Governor on a political embassy to the Iroquois in relation to a treaty of peace. He reached the foot of Lake George on the Festival of Corpus Christi and renamed the lake “Lac du Saint Sacrement.” Father Joques died a martyr at the hands of the Mohawks. A statue was erected for him to him in July of 1939 and stands to this day in Battleground Park.

Following the Battle of Lake George, General Johnson hurried to strengthen defenses at the head of Lake George. He erected a fort which he named Fort William Henry.

In 1757 the first real attempt was made by the French against this fortress. In August of that year a large force of French and Indians secured the surrender of the fort after a six day overtaking. The defenders were promised safe convoy to Fort Edward, however, a bloody massacre ensued sparked by the long history of war between the Adirondack Indian tribes involved. The fort was then torn down and the logs set on fire. This campaign was used by James Fenimore Cooper as the background for his famous novel, “The Last of the Mohicans.” The fort was reconstructed and opened to the public as a museum in 1953.

Battles in this area continued during the French and Indian Wars and were followed by a short period of peace. Ill-feelings between the colonists and the British continued to mount and the war for American Independence finally began on April 9, 1775. One month later Fort Ticonderoga was seized from the English by Ethan Allen, Benedict Arnold, and the Green Mountain Boys.

The fort fell without loss of a single life and was the first American victory during the Revolution.

In November, General George Washington sent General Henry Knox to bring cannon from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston.

They were dragged to Fort George by scow and then over the snow by sled to Boston. Today there are markers at six mile intervals tracing the route which General Knox followed that winter.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Lake George was a common spot sought out by well known artists, including Martin Johnson Heade, John F. Kensett, E. Charlton Fortune and Frank Vincent DuMond.

Millionaire’s Row was the haunt of Lake George‘s richest summer residents.

Good to Know
Lake George is without comparison, the most beautiful water I ever saw; formed by a a contour of mountains into a basin thirty-five miles long and from two to four miles broad, finely interspersed with islands, its water limpid as crystal and the mountainsides covered with rich groves of silver fir, white pine, aspen and paper birch down to the water, here and there precipices of rock to checker the scene and save it from monotony. An abundance of speckled trout, salmon trout, bass, and other fish with which it is stored, have added to our other amusements the sport of taking them.

—Thomas Jefferson

Restaurants

SJ Garcia’s

Bars

American Legion

Blue Moose Tavern & Restaurant

Christie’s on the Lake

Duffy’s Tavern

Fire and Ice Bar & Grill

Garrison Bar & Lounge

John Barleycorn’s Pub

JT Kelly’s Pub & Grill

Judd’s Tavern

King Neptune’s

Lemon Peel Lounge

Shepard’s Cove

Village Pub

The Village Pub

Whispers Lounge

 

 

Camps (as of 2010)

 

Adirondack Camping Village

43 Finkle Road
Lake George, NY 12845

(518) 668-5226

Hearthstone Point Campground

3298 Lake Shore Drive
Lake George, NY 12845

(518) 668-5193

King Phillip’s Campground & Resort

14 Bloody Pond Road
Lake George, NY 12845

(518) 668-5763

Lake George Escape Campground

175 East Schroon River Road
Diamond Point, NY 12824-2703

(518) 623-3207

Lake George RV Park

74 State Route 149
Lake George, NY 12845-3501

(518) 792-3775

Ledgeview Village and RV Park

1 Rockland Drive
Lake George, NY 12845-3638

(518) 798-6621


Mohawk Campground

3144 Lake Shore Drive
Lake George, NY 12845

(518) 668-2760


Morgan RV Resorts

1053 State Route 9
Queensbury, NY 12804-1375

(518) 798-6218

Mt. Kenyon Campgrounds
1571 Lake Avenue

Lake Luzerne, NY 12846

(518) 696-2905
Riverview Campground

3652 State Route 9
Lake George, NY 12845

(518) 623-9444

Whippoorwill Campsites

1784 State Route 9
Lake George, NY 12845-3702

(518) 668-5565

 

Hotels

 

America’s Best Value Inn

435 Canada Street
Lake George, NY 12845-1155

(518) 668-2143

Balmoral Motel

444 Canada Street
Lake George, NY 12845

(518) 668-2673
Balsam Hotel

430 Canada Street
Lake George, NY 12845-1100

(518) 668-3865


Boulders Resort

3036 Lakeshore Dr
Lake George, NY 12845

(518) 668-5444


Brookside Motel

504 Canada Street
Lake George, NY 12845

(518) 668-3344
Clarion Inn & Suites

1454 State Route 9
Lake George, NY 12845

(518) 793-3196


Comfort Suites

1533 U.S. 9
Lake George, NY 12845

(518) 761-0001
Country Hearth Inn

2447 State Route 9N
Lake George, NY 12845

(518) 668-4141

 

Cramer’s Point Motel & Cottages

3382 Lake Shore Drive
Lake George, NY 12845-6620

(518) 668-2292
Depe Dene Hotel

3494 Lake Shore Drive
Lake George, NY 12845-6707

(518) 668-2788
Dunham’s Bay Resort

2999 New York 9L
Lake George, NY 12845

(518) 656-9242
Econo Lodge

439 Canada Street
Lake George, NY 12845

(518) 668-2689


Fort William Henry Museum

46 Canada St.
Lake George, NY 12845

(518) 668-5471


Georgian Resort & Conference Centre

384 Canada Street
Lake George, NY 12845
(518) 668-5401


Golden Sands Resort

3654 Lake Shore Drive
Lake George, NY 12845-6717

(518) 668-2203
Greenhaven Resort

3136 Lake Shore Drive
Lake George, NY 12845-6504

(518) 668-2489

Hampton Inn & Suites

2133 Route 9
Lake George, NY 12845

(518) 668-4100

 

Heritage of Lake George Hotel

419 Canada Street
Lake George, NY 12845-1115

(518) 668-3357

Holiday Inn Turf

2223 Rte 9 Canada St
Lake George, NY 12845

(518) 668-5781
Howard Johnson Tiki Resort

2 Canada Street
lake george, NY 12845

(518) 668-5744
Lake Crest Inn

366 Canada Street
Lake George, NY 12845

(518) 668-3374
Lake Haven Motel

442 Canada Street
Lake George, NY 12845

(800) 347-0543
Lake Motel

380 Canada Street
Lake George, NY 12845-1100

(518) 668-2810

Lake View Hotel & Conference

2451 State Route 9N
Lake George, NY 12845

(518) 668-3131
Marine Village Resort

370 Canada Street
Lake George, NY 12845-1123

(518) 668-5478

Motel Montreal

3 Lake Avenue
Lake George, NY 12845-1005

(518) 668-5439
Mohican Motel

1545 State Route 9
Lake George, NY 12845-3438

(518) 792-0474
Park Lane Motel

378 Canada Street
Lake George, NY 12845-1100

(518) 668-2615


Prospect-Aire Motel

75 Mohican Street
Lake George, NY 12845-1623

(518) 668-5069
Quality Inn

57 Canada Street
Lake George, NY 12845

(518) 668-3525

Roaring Brook Ranch & Tennis

2206 State Route 9N
Lake George, NY 12845

(518) 668-5767
Scottish Inn Hotel

5 Canada Street
Lake George, NY 12845

(518) 668-3588
Scotty’s Motel

2896 Lake Shore Drive
Lake George, NY 12845-1038

(518) 668-2467


Studio Motel

East Shore Dr.
3929 Rt. 9L, Lake george, NY 12845

(888) 738-2566
Sundowner Hotel

420 Canada Street
Lake George, NY 12845-1100

(518) 668-5175
Surfside on the Lake

400 Canada Street
Lake George, NY 12845-1100

(518) 668-2442

Tahoe Resort

2998 Lakeshore Drive
Lake George, NY 12845

(518) 668-5711


Travelodge of Lake George

2011 State Route 9
Lake George, NY 12845

(518) 668-5421

Wingate by Windham

4054 State Route 9l
Lake George, NY 12845

(518) 668-4884

 

 

Pizza

 

Capri Pizzeria

221 Canada Street
Lake George, NY 12845-1401

(518) 668-5027

Domino’s

1498 State route 9
Lake George, NY 12845

(518) 793-1111

 

1500 U.S. 9
Lake George, NY 12845

(518) 793-1111
Frank’s Pizzeria

1483 State Route 9
Lake George, NY 12845-3436

(518) 793-7909


Mazzarella’s Pizza

8 Beach Road
Lake George, NY 12845

(518) 668-2453
Pizza Hut

109 Canada Street
Lake George, NY 12845

(518) 668-4410


Pizza Jerks

59 Iroquois Street
Lake George, NY 12845-1223

(518) 668-4411

Pizzeria Mangia

175 Canada Street
Lake George, NY 12845-1542

(518) 668-4636

Soprano’s Pizza & Pasta

157 Canada Street
Lake George, NY 12845

(518) 668-4379

 

 

Taxis

 

Consolidated Cab Services

2422 Lake Shore Drive
Lake George, NY 12845

(518) 668-9600

Lake George Taxi

2422 Lake Shore Drive
Lake George, NY 12845

(518) 668-9600

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