Frequently Asked Questions in the Lake George Region
The Capital Region was cleared to begin Phase Four of the New York Forward Reopening Plan on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.
Warren and Washington counties are in the Capital Region while Essex County is in the North Country, which is a few days ahead in the phased reopening.
Our destination has collectively created a Health & Safety Pledge. Click the badge below to read more.
It is crucial we continue the hard work we’ve done to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus — COVID-19 — and ensure we do everything we can to prevent another wave of this disease.
As noted above, we are currently in Phase Four like many other regions in New York state and have the same safety precautions in place. Please click here to see what is open.
What should I expect when I visit the Lake George region?
This summer has been very busy and businesses and beaches are operating at limited capacity. There are several lodging options that have their own private beaches and pools. Now that we are past Labor Day, the public beaches are closed because they do not have lifeguards. Click here for an outdoor recreation map that has a list of places where you may be able to access water.
If you want to rent a boat, make sure you make your reservations as soon as you can. In addition many boat rental facilities are operating on a first come, first served, basis. You may need to arrive early and wait in line. If you want to take a cruise or a private boat tour, make sure you make your reservations ahead of time. Please note that some attractions require advance reservations. Plan your trip prior to arrival and make as many advance reservations as you can at attractions.
Restaurants are operating at half capacity, offering indoor and outdoor dining. If you can make a reservation, do so. Retailers are also operating at limited capacity. While you can go in to shop, you may have to wait in line to enter if the store is at capacity.
Do I have to wear a mask?
Yes, it is mandated in New York State that you wear a face covering while in a public enclosed environment AND outside when you can’t keep six feet away from another person. Keep a mask available at all times in case you find yourself in this situation while outdoors. It is crucial to continue to do this to protect others. Asymptotic people could be carrying the virus.
How many people are permitted to gather at once?
The nonessential gatherings limit of 10 has been increased to 50 as of July 1, 2020. Click here for more information.
Does the New York/ New Jersey, Connecticut Travel Advisory apply to me?
In response to increased rates of COVID-19 transmission in certain states within the United States, and to protect New York’s successful containment of COVID-19, the State has joined with New Jersey and Connecticut in jointly issuing a travel advisory for anyone returning from travel to states that have a significant degree of community-wide spread of COVID-19.
Based upon Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 205, issued June 25, 2020, ONLYthe following states meet the criteria (as of September 8 ) for the required 14-day quarantine
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Puerto Rico
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- Virgin Islands
What in-person events are happening this summer?
Some drive-in concerts have been planned so people can safely enjoy live music in Lake George. Visit our events page for more information.
Where can I buy local hand sanitizer?
Hand and surface sanitizer is being produced locally by distilleries at a few different locations. Click here for more information.
Are Hotels/ Motels open?
Hotels were never mandated to close and many in the area remained open for essential travel. Many have opened for the season with strict sanitation practices in place. The travel experience will be different. Traditional guest amenities may be curtailed as well due to high touch surfaces within guest rooms and throughout the property. All guests should follow social distancing guidelines, wear a mask, and wash/sanitize hands frequently. Check individual websites for specifics on COVID-19-related changes that may impact guest experience. On June 4 it was announced private pools were permitted to open as long as they are restricted to guests and social distancing and sanitary protocals are in place.
Are campgrounds open?
Campgrounds and RV Parks are open.
What about New York State campgrounds?
DEC Campgrounds and Day Use Areas: DEC is actively working to safely reopen DEC campgrounds this summer. Opening dates for campgrounds and day use areas are listed below as well as important information for campers.
DEC IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE OPENING OF RESERVATIONS FOR THE 2020 SEASON. RESERVATIONS FOR DATES ON OR AFTER JULY 10 WILL BEGIN AT 8AM ON MONDAY, JULY 6. DUE TO EXPECTED VOLUME, WE ENCOURAGE CUSTOMERS TO BOOK RESERVATIONS ONLINE.
WALK-IN CAMPING IS NOT PERMITTED AT THIS TIME.
As part of the COVID-19 guidelines, and for the courtesy of other visitors and our staff, face masks must be worn when outside your campsite area at any place where social distancing cannot be maintained. All patrons shall practice social distancing.
Only registered campers will be allowed in campground areas, no day visitors will be permitted.
In order to assist with enhanced cleaning, Check-in time is now 2pm and Check-out time is 10am.
There may be limited shower and/or restroom facilities and they may periodically be closed to allow for enhanced cleaning.
Use of facility amenities such as, but not limited to playgrounds, pavilions and day use areas may be restricted or prohibited at certain locations.
Retail sales such as firewood and ice as well as other services such as boat rentals may be restricted or prohibited at certain locations.
To achieve density reduction in our facilities, day use sales and bather capacity number will be reduced.
Back Country/Primitive Camping on State Land: As of July 2, DEC has resumed issuing backcountry/primitive camping permits for groups of 10 or more people who wish to camp for more than 3 nights at one location.
Please contact State Parks regarding its campgrounds.
Are restaurants open?
Bars and restaurants were allowed to offer indoor dining at half capacity on June 17, 2020! This includes local craft beverage producers. Click here for more information on what is open.
Are shops open?
Retail is open! Call ahead for store hours. Click here for our shopping page.
What is there to do?
Most hiking trails and bike trails are open, including the Warren County Bike Trail and the hiking trail at Prospect Mountain. We encourage people to use Warren County’s Recreation Mapper and consult the Lake George Land Conservancy and Adirondack Mountain Club to discover new hikes. Some trails, including the Pinnacle Trail and the Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob, have been closed due to overcrowding.
Trails at Garnet Hill Lodge in North River are open for hiking and biking. Click here for their trail map.
Now that we are past Labor Day, many attractions are open weekends only. Be sure to call ahead to confirm hours.
Cruise ships, horseback riding, and rafting were all cleared to open with restrictions in Phase Two.
Marinas are open and kayak and motorized boat rentals are available. Parasailing is available on Lake George.
Fishing charters and individual boat tours are operating.
Golf courses are open, however minature golf is not permitted to open until July 6. Contact them before you go for more information. Tennis and pickleball courts are permitted to open.
Private pools like those at hotels, motels and campgrounds can now open as long as access is restricted to guests and proper social distancing and sanitization protocols are in place. Make sure you call ahead to find out if the pool at your desired hotel, motel or campground will be open.
Public pools are also able to open.
Most if not all public beaches in this area close after Labor Day and this year is no exception. If beaches are open, social distancing is required, meaning beach goers must maintain a six-foot distance from others not in their party. When that is not possible, masks are required. It is important we all do our part to prevent more cases of COVID-19. Because people could carry the virus and not have any symptoms, it is important for everyone to wear a mask for the safety of others.
Rogers Memorial Beach and Veterans Memorial Beach is closed for the season.
Million Dollar Beach is closed for the season.
Shepard Park Beach is closed for the season.
Please note the section known as Dog Beach where canines are permitted to cool off is currently closed off to maintain social distancing standards and for the good of public health. Click here for other ideas of places to cool off with your dog.
Closed for the season.
- Call (518) 696-2711 for information.
- Wayside and Pierrepont beaches.
- Hudson Grove Beach
General Information about Beaches in NYS
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a multi-state agreement with New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware to reopen beaches. The Governor outlined specific conditions all New York beaches must meet to reopen. State and local beaches and lakeshores in New York State must meet these minimum conditions:
- Mandating no more than 50 percent capacity by ensuring controlled exits/entrances and limiting parking
- Prohibiting group contact activities, including sports (e.g. volleyball, football)
- Keeping areas of social gathering closed (e.g. designated picnic areas, playgrounds, pavilions, arcades, amusement rides)
- Enforcing social distancing measures for both employees and visitors
- Requiring masks to be worn by all employees and visitors when social distancing is not possible
- Closing concessions
- Ensuring staff levels are adequate to achieve these measures and enforce crowd control.
- Local government must fully enforce minimum rules and may impose additional conditions
- If local governments do not enforce minimum rules, the beach will be closed
Boaters must register before launching in Lake George. Click here to register your boat online with the Lake George Park Commission.
Before launching, boaters must to all they can to meet the Clean, Drain, Dry inspection standard to stop the spread of invasive species. Boat inspection stations are open.
Public docks and boat launches are open. Restrooms and other facilities may not be available. Motorized boat rentals will be available.
Is the Greater Glens Falls Transit Trolley operating?
GGFT offers weekend trolley service after Labor Day Weekend. The trolley is free to ride, but you must wear a mask to board. Click here for more information.
Is the Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway open?
UPDATE (9/5/2020) The Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and the Hiking Trail is now open. There is no shuttle to the top, but people may walk to the top. There is no charge to drive up the mountain this year.
Are the public restrooms open in Lake George?
The restrooms at Shepard Park and by the Visitor Center on Beach Road will be disinfected regularly and open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Is the Million Dollar Beach Boat Launch open?
When will the USA-Canada border open?
Canada and the United States extended their agreement to keep the border closed to nonessential travel through September 21. Americans and Canadians who are returning to their country of residence are exempted from the border closure.
Will there be fireworks in Lake George?
Unfortunately fireworks have been cancelled in several locations across New York and the United States to prevent mass gatherings. There will not be fireworks in Lake George or Bolton Landing this year for Independence Day. As restrictions ease up, we may be able to have fireworks later in the summer. Stay tuned!
What are the Four Phases of New York State's Reopening?
We will be updating this page frequently as new information becomes available.
Here is the information on the four phases of NY Forward's reopening plan.
- Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
- Retail - (Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)
- Wholesale Trade
- Professional Services
- Administrative Support
- Real Estate / Rental & Leasing
- Restaurants / Food Services
- Personal Care
Phase Four(Current Phase):
- Arts / Entertainment / Recreation