Our area is currently in Phase Four of the NY Forward Reopening Plan. Please contact businesses before you go to confirm hours. To see what is open now click here.

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.

Health & Safety Pledge

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.

What's Open?

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.

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 25. When our region enters Phase 4 (expected date of July 1, 2020) that limit will increase to 50.  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, ONLY the following states meet the criteria (as of July 1 ) for the required 14-day quarantine

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
This is based upon a seven day rolling average, of positive tests in excess of 10%, or number of positive cases exceeding 10 per 100,000 residents. The requirements of the travel advisory do not apply to any individual passing through designated states for a limited duration (i.e., less than 24 hours) through the course of travel.

Where can I buy 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?

Below is a list of NYS campgrounds opening in our area on June 19, 2020, including island camping:

Camping: DEC is actively working to safely reopen DEC campgrounds this summer. See the chart below for the most recent facility opening dates. We ask for your patience as refunds are processed. Additional updates will be available soon as reopening planning and preparation continues.

Camping Reservations: All new DEC camping reservations for the 2020 season remain temporarily suspended as planning for the safe reopening of DEC campgrounds continue. Additional information regarding the resumption of reservations for the 2020 season will be announced as reopening plans are finalized. We are assessing campground status on a daily basis. Visitors who wish to cancel an existing reservation may do so and receive a full refund or can transfer the reservation to the 2021 season. Thank you for your patience as we work to protect the safety of our visitors and staff.

Update for 2021 Camping: DEC has temporarily lifted the 9-month reservation window restriction for camping and will allow for transfers of existing camping reservations into the 2021 season. If you choose to transfer, the change fee will be waived until June 11 for online transactions only. In addition, you may also make new reservations for the 2021 season at this time. Please note that there is no guarantee that you will get the same camping site or dates for 2021 whether you transfer or make a new reservation.

Back Country/Primitive Camping on State Land: DEC has temporarily suspended all overnight camping on this list of state lands and is temporarily not issuing permits for backcountry camping for groups of 10 or more, and for more than three days at one location on state lands.

 Click here for more information.

Are restaurants open?

Bars and restaurants are allowed to offer indoor dining at half capacity starting June 17, 2020! This includes local craft beverage producers. Click here for more information on what is open.

Are shops open?

Retail is permitted to open! Call ahead for store hours. Click here for our shopping page.

What is there to do?

Click here for our blog post featuring things to do!

Hiking/ Parks

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.

Click here for the Adirondack Mountain Club website

Click here for the Warren County Recreation Mapper

Click here for updates from the Department of Environmental Conservation

Click here for the Lake George Land Conservancy Website

Click here to read about safe social distancing practices while hiking.

Trails at Garnet Hill Lodge in North River are open for hiking and biking. Click here for their trail map.

Outdoor Attractions

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. 

Swimming

Pools

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 remain closed.

Beaches

We are still gathering information on local beaches. Here is what we have so far:

Social distancing is required, meaning beach goers must maintain a six-foot distance from others. 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.

Bolton Landing

Rogers Memorial Beach and Veterans Memorial Beach will be open weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Lake George

Million Dollar Beach is open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The maximum people allowed there is 500 — half the normal capacity. Parking has been reduced to 150 vehicles allowed at one time.  The restrooms will be available, however the showers will not be open.

Shepard Park Beach will be open daily starting June 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at half capacity. Social distancing of at least 6 feet — or face coverings when that is not possible — is required.

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.

Huletts Landing

Lake Luzerne

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a multi-state agreement with New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware to reopen beaches. The Governor outlined specific conditions New York beaches must meet to reopen. State and local beaches and lakeshores in New York State must meet these minimum conditions:

  1. Mandating no more than 50 percent capacity by ensuring controlled exits/entrances and limiting parking
  2. Prohibiting group contact activities, including sports (e.g. volleyball, football)
  3. Keeping areas of social gathering closed (e.g. designated picnic areas, playgrounds, pavilions, arcades, amusement rides)
  4. Enforcing social distancing measures for both employees and visitors
  5. Requiring masks to be worn by all employees and visitors when social distancing is not possible
  6. Closing concessions
  7. Ensuring staff levels are adequate to achieve these measures and enforce crowd control.
City, town and county beaches may open on the same conditions subject to local government home rule:
  1. Local government must fully enforce minimum rules and may impose additional conditions
  2. If local governments do not enforce minimum rules, the beach will be closed
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. Public pools remain closed.

Boating

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. 

Click here for our page on boating, including current hours of boat inspections stations. 

Click here for a helpful FAQ from the Lake George Park Commission on the 2020 Boat Inspection Program.

Click here for a downloadable PDF on social distancing while boating.

Public docks and boat launches are open. Restrooms and other facilities may not be available. Motorized boat rentals will be available. 

Click here for our list of member marinas.

Is the Greater Glens Falls Transit Trolley operating?

GGFT expects to resume trolley service on June 27. The trolley will be free to ride, but you must wear a mask to board. Click here for more information.

Is the Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway open?

Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway will open July 1 tentatively from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hours may change. There will be no cost to drive up at this time.

While people can drive to the parking lot near the summit and enjoy the three lookouts on the drive up, there will not be a shuttle available to take passengers from the parking lot near the summit to the top of the mountain. 

The summit will be closed for approximately 6 weeks as the stone wall at the top is being redone so no driving or hiking up to the top will be permitted. No picknicking is permitted.

All three lookouts on the way to the top and the parking lot provide beautiful views. 

 Click here for more information!

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?

Yes.

When will the USA-Canada border open?

Canada and the United States extended their agreement to keep the border closed to nonessential travel through July 21. Americans and Canadians who are returning to their country of residence are exempted from the border closure.

Will there be Independence Day fireworks in Lake George?

Unfortunately fireworks have been cancelled in several locations across New York and the United States to prevent a mass gathering. 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.

Phase One: 

Phase Two: 

Phase Three: 

Phase Four(Current Phase): 

Click here for more information on the phased reopening.