Area Sites

Shelving Rock Falls 

Shelving Rock Falls is a 50-foot cascade that lies to the east side of Lake George. It is an easy hike with a wide, unmarked dirt trail that leads straight to the cascade’s top. This makes it a GREAT hike for families with little ones. There is a lot to look at. The stream, falls, geocaches and then Log Bay in Lake George at the foot of the trail all add to the excitement and fun. The views are spectacular, not a “top of the mountain view” but a great view of Lake George none-the-less. If you bring swim suits, along with water shoes or sneakers, you can cool off in the refreshing waters. If you follow the waters downstream, you will eventually reach the lake. (Beware of the slippery rocks around the falls. People have died climbing the falls.)

                         Log Bay

View of Log Bay, Lake George, NY. It's a great place to hang out on the lake. Arrive by land or take your boat! It is a big bay all waist or knee deep. Great for all ages.

Great Hikes for Great Mountain Views EAST SIDE OF LAKE GEORGE

Buck Mountain (4.6 miles RT from the north and 6.6 miles RT from the south). It's a steady climb to the top of the mountain from both directions; the southern approach has several overlooks along the way. The open summit has panoramic views of the southern Lake George basin. Buck Mountain is right behind Point Comfort, so you can hike up it from the house.

Take lunch for a picnic at the summit. At the right time of year (usually the last week of July and the first week of August) the top of Buck Mountain is covered with blueberries! Then come down and bake blueberry muffins and blueberry pies, and for breakfast the next morning have blueberry pancakes!

Black Mountain (5.6 miles). From this interesting loop you’ll see Black Mountain, Round and Lapland ponds, and uncrowded views from the summit’s south side. When you arrive on the summit you will be greeted by outstanding views in all directions as well as a ranger’s cabin, a tower with a large antenna on the top, and a power-generating windmill.

Sleeping Beauty Mountain Loop (7.8 miles). Switchbacks ease the ascent up to the summit where there are great views from the open ledges. On the return you’ll pass small Bumps Pond and take a detour to circle remote Fishbrook Pond, which is especially picturesque.

Fun Lake Facts
Lake George is an oligotrophic lake.

An oligotrophic lake is a lake with low primary productivity, the result of low nutrient content. These lakes have low algal production, and consequently, often have very clear waters, with high drinking-water quality. The bottom waters of such lakes typically have ample oxygen; thus, such lakes often support many fish species, like lake trout, which require cold, well-oxygenated waters. The oxygen content is likely to be higher in deep lakes, owing to their larger hypolimnetic volume.

Ecologists use the term oligotrophic to distinguish unproductive lakes, characterised by nutrient deficiency, from productive, eutrophic lakes, with an ample or excessive nutrient supply. Oligotrophic lakes are most common in cold regions underlain by resistant igneous rocks (especially granitic bedrock).

Most of my facts are taken from Wikipedia.

Lake George, nicknamed the Queen of American Lakes, is a long, narrow oligotrophic lake located at the southeast base of the Adirondack Mountains, in the northeastern portion of the U.S. state of New York. It lies within the upper region of the Great Appalachian Valley and drains northward into Lake Champlain and the St. Lawrence River drainage basin. The lake is situated along the historical natural (Amerindian) path between the valley of the Hudson River and that of the St. Lawrence, so lies on the direct land route between Albany, New York and Montreal, Canada. The lake extends about 32.2 mi (51.8 km) on a north-south axis, is quite deep, and varies from 1 to 3 miles (1.7 to 5 km) in width, presenting a significant barrier to east-west travel. Although the year-round population of the Lake George region is relatively small, the summertime population can swell to over 50,000 residents, many in the Village of Lake George region at the southern end of the lake.

Lake George drains into Lake Champlain to its north through a short stream, the La Chute River, with many falls and rapids, dropping about 230 feet (70 m) in its 3½-mile (6 km) course—virtually all of which is within the lands of Ticonderoga, New York and near the site of the famous Fort Ticonderoga. Ultimately the waters flowing via the 106-mile-long (171 km) Richelieu River empty into the St. Lawrence River downstream and northeast of Montreal and then into the North Atlantic Ocean above Nova Scotia.

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, Frank Vincent DuMond and Georgia O'Keeffe.
John Frederick Kensett- Brooklyn Museum - Lake George . (Above)
John William Casilear - Brooklyn Museum - Lake George -  (Right)
Marie-Francois-Regis Gignoux- Brooklyn Museum - Lake George -  (below left)
 Martin Johnson Heade Lake George ATC (below right)