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Big Burnt Island - Part of the Glen Island Group

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Big Burnt is the largest state-owned island at 30 acres. Big Burnt may have received its name from the practice employed by Native Americans who would ignite forest fires to clear land for agriculture. Close to the Rangers Station at Glen Island.

Exploring Big Burnt Island on Lake George

This page is dedicated to Big Burnt Island campsites on Lake George. See more Lake George Islands here.

About Big Burnt Island

Big Burnt is the largest state-owned island at 30 acres. Big Burnt may have received its name from the practice employed by Native Americans who would ignite forest fires to clear land for agriculture. The island is close to the Rangers Station at Glen Island which has a convenient store, to grab a newspaper or treat.

Campsite 1 Is a large flat, sunny site with a cooking stove and no platform. The site shares a dock with 37 but is very close to both sites 2 &3. This would be an ideal campsite for three families on the three adjacent campsites. This overlooks Gem Island and Uncas Island.

Campsite 2 Pairs best with 3 but is also very close to 1. You can see through to all three sites, so there is not a lot of privacy on this site. Set high on the land, this campsite has a great view of Glen Island and gets morning sun.

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Campsite 3 The site is very large, open and sunny. It is a high site and has a platform. Picnic table and view is set on a large rock.

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Campsite 4 Lots of trees, this is large flat private site and is a little more shady than the other sites. Tent platform. Pairs well with 5a.

Campsite 5 The wide site is very open but slightly sloped. Not ideal for small children due to ledges. Close to 5a, Platform.

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Campsite 5a The site is set back a little and has platform. Pairs nicely with 5.

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Campsite 6 A sloping site with morning sun that is very private. The tent platform measures 12' x 14'.

Campsite 7 Enjoy fabulous views and an open sunny with platform. Great alone or pairs nicely with 8.

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Campsite 8 A flat site, not steep, open, sunny, ideal for kids, is near a swamp that separates 8 from 9, so you can hear the bull frogs, fun for kids for exploring but beware of bugs. Campsite should not be overly buggy as it is so open despite its proximity to the pond.

Campsite 9 Is a great site on a point, has morning sun and although close to 8, is separated by a inlet and swamp, so they do not go well together. As it's a point, it should have a nice breeze which helps with bugs

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Campsite 10 The absolute nicest site on the island. This is also on a point which is more like a peninsula, surrounded on three sides by water, this is a sunny site with shallow sandy walk-in, this is a very large site which is not close to any other site, so it’s quite private as well. In addition, the dock accommodates 2 boats.

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Campsite 11 A site with shallow entry and open views to the lake.
Campsite 12 This site has a large shallow area, but rocks can be slippery for younger kids.

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Campsite 14 A large shady site far away from surrounding sites. This makes a great "solo" site.
Campsite 15 Large open wooded site, on a slight point, very shady, probably one of the nicest sites on the island.
Campsite 17 A sloping site with nice views of the lake. The platform within site has railings and there is enough room for another tent on the ground as well. Very private site, nice site to have alone.
Campsite 18 This is a very large shady site that catches evening sun perfect for a large tent. Sloped with an open view to the lake. Has a platform for sleeping.
Campsite 19 This rocky sloped site pairs nicely with 18 and includes a platform and parallel dock.
Campsite 20 This site is located on the west side of the island so it’s ideal for evening sun. Is on higher ground from the lake and has a nice view of the lake. Has a tent platform that fits up to 6 people. This site pairs nicely with campsite 19.
Campsite 21 This a very large site is surrounded by tall trees and offers nice privacy from the lake with lake views. Pairs nicely with 20 or 22 and 23. This site has a nice spot for a second tent.
Campsite 22 A small shady site that looks west toward Tongue Mountain. Fairly private but also pairs well with 21 and 23 as you can see to either site from the site. Shore dock. Has great views and offers a nice large platform.
Campsite 23 Pairs nicely with 22, has a platform, quite rocky, with a platform and a shallow area for swimming. A large sunny site on rocky ledge with shore dock.
Campsite 24 A small private rocky site with tree roots, good slope and quite private. The site gets some afternoon sunshine faces west. This is a nice site to have alone. Closest site is campsite 23.
Campsite 25 This small rocky site is located near a busy boat channel. A great site for evening sunsets, there are some nice spots behind the main site for additional tents, when we came by this site, there were five tents that fit easily on the site.
Campsite 26 A high rocky site away from the water on the western corner of the island offering lots of sunshine and privacy and has lots of shady spots. On a point, very private, not ideal for families as it’s perched on a ledge but quite nice for a couple or young adult campers. Closest site is 25.

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Campsite 27 An open, mostly flat, shady site at the shoreline. The platform is far back from the water.

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