On May 31, 1791, Thomas Jefferson (third president of The United States) wrote in a letter to his daughter, “Lake George is without comparison, the most beautiful water I ever saw; formed by a contour of mountains into a basin… finely interspersed with islands, its water limpid as crystal, and the mountain sides covered with rich groves… down to the water-edge: here and there precipices of rock to checker the scene and save it from monotony.”
I have always wanted to spend a day at Lake George, nicknamed Queen Of American Lakes. Lake George is located at the base of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. Lake George is connected by rivers that flow from the Hudson River into Montreal, Canada. The lake is 32 miles long, 3 miles wide, 70 feet deep and contains good, clear, fresh, clean magnificent mountain water.
Situated on the rail line halfway between New York City and Montreal, Lake George attracted the era’s rich and famous by the late 19th and early 20th century. Members of the Roosevelts, van Rensselaer, Vanderbilt, Rockefeller and Whitney families visited its shores.
Today, mostly middle class families visit or reside at Lake George. Beaches are free (but NOT parking…..look for metered public parking @$2 per hour). There’s a beach for humans and there’s a beach for humans and their pets, specifically dogs! Lots of water activities, the most popular being motor boating and southern-style cruising. Tons of restaurants and picnic areas (DH and I packed our own lunches, as well as snacks and drinks, so I don’t know anything about the restaurant costs or cuisine). Lake George is a haven for tourists but in a very nice way. We felt right at home there and loved the vibe. Enjoy my slideshow as well as a few videos. We can’t wait to go back! Hopefully this fall when all the surrounding mountains will be in full colorful regalia. Enjoy!