Frequently Asked Questions in the Lake George Region
The Capital Region was cleared to begin Phase Two of the New York Forward Reopening Plan on Wednesday, June 3, 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.
We are encouraging local people to explore and rediscover their own area. Low-impact recreation and outdoor attractions as well as many accommodations are open and following strict guidelines to ensure safety.
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 Two 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.
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?
Early Season Camping: To reduce potential community spread of COVID-19, all DEC campgrounds, and pavilions are closed to overnight visitation through June 7, 2020. All visitors with reservations will be issued a full refund. We ask for your patience as refunds are processed.
Camping Reservations: DEC has suspended all new camping reservations for the 2020 season until further notice. 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.
Are restaurants open?
Bars and restaurants are open for takeout and outside dining! This includes local craft beverage producers. Click here for more information on what is open.
Will shops be open?
Retail is permitted to 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.
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.
Some golf courses will be open. 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 remain closed.
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.
Rogers Memorial Beach and Veterans Memorial Beach will be open weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Million Dollar Beach will be open weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The maximum people allowed there will be 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.
Please note the section known as Dog Beach where canines are permitted to cool off is currently closed off for public safety reasons.
- Huletts Park Beach in Huletts Landing will open June 13th and be open weekends only until June 27. Check back for future hours.
- Hudson Grove Beach in Lake Luzerne plans to open at the end of June.
- Wayside Beach in Lake Luzerne plans to open at the end of June.
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:
- 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 is looking into ways to operate the trolley safely this summer and may have an update in the coming weeks.
Is the Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway open?
We are awaiting a decision on the highway for driving to the top. The hiking trail is open.
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?
What are the Four Phases of 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
Phase Two (Current Phase):
- Professional Services
- Administrative Support
- Real Estate / Rental & Leasing
- Restaurants / Food Services
- Arts / Entertainment / Recreation