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    Lake George Access

    Can anyone familiar with Lake George recommend a good launch site at the south end of the lake? Going up for a long week-end in August and it seems all the marina's charge $25-30 for the launch and then $10 for trailer parking and another $10 for car parking! According to NYS website, the public launch at the south end is closed between Memorial Day through Labor Day and the north one is 30 miles up at the other end of the lake.

    I'm already aware of the inspection before launching and getting a pass also.

    Thanks in advance.


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    You're out of luck unless you drive very far north. The best marina to launch at (from personal experience) is Castaway Marina on the east side of the lake. They charge $20 to launch and $10 to park. It's arguably the best lake in the Northeast but it is also probably the most expensive lake as well. Where are you staying?

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    Wingate by Wyndham probably. Saw some additional older posts here on Lake George, is is as bad as I read? I picked here instead of Seneca or Cayuga Lakes because my wife will be with me and hope she'll have something to do in Lake George Village while I'm out riding. Would I be better off in Sacandaga even though it appears to be 30-40 minutes south. I did Seneca years ago and it was great and without any hassles.

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    there is a campsite on the left/west side of the lake not too far up, maybe near Bolton Landing(?) that has a launch if your camping.

    IIRC you need a special pass/permit to use any vessel on the lake. I also don't think Jet Skis are allowed on the south end past a certain point.

    Beautiful lake, very clean & tons to do on the south end. Shopping, eating, drinking, beach, outlets are 10 mins away, Fort Henry, etc.

    here's a list of all on the lake
    http://www.lgpc.state.ny.us/Launchsites.htm

    http://www.visitlakegeorge.com/outdo...c-launch-sites

    http://www.lakegeorge.com/boating/public-docking.cfm


    some FAQ
    http://www.lgpc.state.ny.us/faq.html

    rules n regs:
    http://www.lakegeorge.com/boating/regulations.cfm

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ River Rider View Post
    Wingate by Wyndham probably. Saw some additional older posts here on Lake George, is is as bad as I read? I picked here instead of Seneca or Cayuga Lakes because my wife will be with me and hope she'll have something to do in Lake George Village while I'm out riding. Would I be better off in Sacandaga even though it appears to be 30-40 minutes south. I did Seneca years ago and it was great and without any hassles.
    Bad in what way? It's the nicest lake in the Northeast, hands down. It is far superior compared to Seneca or Cayuga Lake. Your wife will have plenty to do. I don't think you'd be better off at Sacandaga unless cost is a real deciding factor for you. I asked where you were staying because some of the resorts on the lake do have private launches...

    Quote Originally Posted by RaiderMagic View Post
    there is a campsite on the left/west side of the lake not too far up, maybe near Bolton Landing(?) that has a launch if your camping.

    IIRC you need a special pass/permit to use any vessel on the lake. I also don't think Jet Skis are allowed on the south end past a certain point.

    Beautiful lake, very clean & tons to do on the south end. Shopping, eating, drinking, beach, outlets are 10 mins away, Fort Henry, etc.

    here's a list of all on the lake
    http://www.lgpc.state.ny.us/Launchsites.htm

    http://www.visitlakegeorge.com/outdo...c-launch-sites

    http://www.lakegeorge.com/boating/public-docking.cfm


    some FAQ
    http://www.lgpc.state.ny.us/faq.html

    rules n regs:
    http://www.lakegeorge.com/boating/regulations.cfm
    I think you're talking about Hearthstone Point which does not have a boat launch.

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    What bad things have you heard? I launch every year from norawall marina in Bolton landing. Very nice people in a nice location. I usually just bring my boat as the lake gets very rough during the day for a ski. Riding in the morning before it gets busy/ windy is very nice. And the narrows usually stay fairly calm. There will be plenty to do in the village and in Bolton landing. Not sure what bad things you heard but you may get some dirty looks from boaters. Other than that it's an amazing lake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonrusso89 View Post
    What bad things have you heard? I launch every year from norawall marina in Bolton landing. Very nice people in a nice location. I usually just bring my boat as the lake gets very rough during the day for a ski. Riding in the morning before it gets busy/ windy is very nice. And the narrows usually stay fairly calm. There will be plenty to do in the village and in Bolton landing. Not sure what bad things you heard but you may get some dirty looks from boaters. Other than that it's an amazing lake.
    Norowal is pretty expensive for a PWC, I think they are up to $34 to launch and $10 to park now. Where do you normally stay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCHNORR12 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Jonrusso89 View Post
    What bad things have you heard? I launch every year from norawall marina in Bolton landing. Very nice people in a nice location. I usually just bring my boat as the lake gets very rough during the day for a ski. Riding in the morning before it gets busy/ windy is very nice. And the narrows usually stay fairly calm. There will be plenty to do in the village and in Bolton landing. Not sure what bad things you heard but you may get some dirty looks from boaters. Other than that it's an amazing lake.
    Norowal is pretty expensive for a PWC, I think they are up to $34 to launch and $10 to park now. Where do you normally stay?
    Hmm you may be right, I haven't brought the ski in a while. Usually just the boat and we split the cost amongst the crew. I camp on Turtle island in the narrows, about a ten minute ride from Norowal. I'll be there in two weeks actually, may actually bring the ski this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonrusso89 View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonrusso89 View Post
    What bad things have you heard? I launch every year from norawall marina in Bolton landing. Very nice people in a nice location. I usually just bring my boat as the lake gets very rough during the day for a ski. Riding in the morning before it gets busy/ windy is very nice. And the narrows usually stay fairly calm. There will be plenty to do in the village and in Bolton landing. Not sure what bad things you heard but you may get some dirty looks from boaters. Other than that it's an amazing lake.
    Norowal is pretty expensive for a PWC, I think they are up to $34 to launch and $10 to park now. Where do you normally stay?
    Hmm you may be right, I haven't brought the ski in a while. Usually just the boat and we split the cost amongst the crew. I camp on Turtle island in the narrows, about a ten minute ride from Norowal. I'll be there in two weeks actually, may actually bring the ski this year.
    That's a good spot. I love the narrows. I've only been up there once this year though so far because I don't have a ski of my own at the moment.

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    Mandatory inspections are now in effect at LG.

    http://news.yahoo.com/ny-lake-mandat...134512361.html

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