Frequently Asked Questions About Lake George During The COVID-19 Pandemic
Do you have questions about what to expect this fall in the Lake George area? The FAQs below cover the topics people have been asking about the most, and each question has been answered to the best of our ability. Since things have been changing so rapidly, we'll continue to update this page to keep it as accurate as possible.
Will the New York State travel advisory impact my visit?
As of November 4, New York State has implemented a new travel advisory.
Travelers coming to New York from states that do not border New York have two options:
1) They must quarantine for a period of 14 days upon arrival in New York State.
2) They must test negative for COVID-19 three days prior to entering New York State. They must then quarantine for three days after arrival in New York and take an additional COVID test on the fourth day. That test must be negative before they can be released from quarantine.
This advisory does not apply to essential workers or to those traveling from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont.
Is Lake George welcoming out-of-state guests?
Yes -- travelers can visit Lake George as long as they abide by the travel advisory detailed above. That being said, it is important for all prospective visitors to realize that Lake George is currently operating with an increased emphasis on the safety and well being of guests, employees and the community. Your visit to the area this year will be different than what you may have experienced in the past.
While the majority of outdoor activities have resumed, large attractions such as amusement parks, as well as many indoor attractions, are still closed. Restaurants and bars are limited to 50% of their indoor capacities, and many have chosen to offer takeout and/or outdoor dining only. Many large events have been canceled or postponed.
If you choose to visit Lake George, it is imperative that you adhere to all social distancing guidelines in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. This includes wearing a mask when indoors and when you cannot maintain six-feet separation from other parties, even when outside.
Where do I have to wear a mask?
You have to wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth when requested by a business, if you are in a public closed (indoor) environment, or when you cannot keep a proper social distance (six feet away from people who aren't part of your household) - even when outdoors. You should always have your mask available in case you are not able to social distance and/or the business requires it.
In restaurants and pubs, masks must be worn when you are not at your table or designated seating area. Businesses must enforce facial covering and social distancing policies, and local law enforcement is prepared to help as needed. Be sure to pay attention to any signs they have posted and always have your mask on hand.
Why do I have to wear a mask? I am healthy and am not worried about contracting COVID-19.
You have to wear a mask as part of New York State's collective effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. Even if you are not showing any symptoms of the virus, it is still possible that you could carry it with you, and unknowingly transmit it to more vulnerable populations. When you follow the rules and wear your mask, not only are you helping to stop the spread, but you're also improving the likelihood that the Lake George area you know and love will be back to a "new normal" sooner rather than later.
Are the trolleys running?
Greater Glens Falls Transit's seasonal trolley service ended on Columbus Day Weekend. GGFT will continue to operate its regular bus routes in parts of Warren, Washington, and Saratoga Counties throughout the fall, winter, and spring. Trolley service typically resumes in June each year. Visit GGFT's website for more information and current route maps/schedules.
Are public restrooms available?
To the best of our knowledge, the public restrooms at Shepard Park and the Beach Road Visitors Center are open.
Are hotels and other accommodations open?
Most hotels, cabins, cottages, bed & breakfasts, and inns are currently open. Your best bet is to contact specific properties directly to find out whether or not they're open and what new restrictions or protocols they may have.
Warren County respectfully requests that property owners offering short-term rentals incorporate additional health and safety precautions into their rental processes.
What about campgrounds?
Campgrounds were allowed to be open during the summer season, but many have since closed for the fall/winter. If there's a specific campground you're planning to visit, you'll want to contact them directly to confirm their dates of operation.
Please note that even though a campground is open, it doesn't mean that all of the amenities - including swimming pools, beaches, arcades, playgrounds, and common bathrooms - are open. Contact campgrounds directly to inquire about their status and restrictions before arriving.
Can I make an island campground reservation?
You are now able to make island campground reservations for the entire 2021 season.
Is Rogers Rock Campground open?
Rogers Rock Campground and Hearthstone Point Campground have both closed for the season and will re-open in May 2021.
Are hotel swimming pools open?
Hotels are allowed to open indoor and outdoor pools, but must restrict access to guests only and enforce strict social distancing and sanitization protocols. Please refer to the individual hotel for more information on their pool policy.
Are restaurants open for outdoor dining?
Restaurants in the Lake George area are able to be open for outdoor dining. Restaurants must follow certain requirements that include: tables must be spaced at least six feet apart; all staff must wear face coverings; and all customers must wear face coverings when not seated.
Click here to find restaurants in the Lake George area that have patios, but keep in mind that every restaurant on the list may not be open and others may be requiring reservations. Your best bet is to call before arriving.
Some Lake George restaurants also offer waterfront dining, but you'll want to call them to confirm their status as well.
Are restaurants open for indoor dining?
Restaurants are able to open their indoor dining areas, but are limited to 50% of their indoor seating capacity. They also have mask requirements, cleaning procedures, and other protocols in place.
Click here to find Lake George area restaurants offering indoor dining.
What Lake George restaurants are offering takeout and/or delivery?
We have an extensive list of restaurants that are open for takeout and/or delivery. You can see it here »
What attractions and activities are open?
Click here to see a list of specific activities and attractions that are open. As things continue to change, we'll be keeping that list up-to-date.
What trails are open in the Lake George Area and the Adirondacks?
The Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob and the Pinnacle Trail have re-opened to the public after being temporarily closed for several months. Most other trails in the Lake George area are open, to the best of our knowledge. To prevent overcrowding at trailheads, some parking restrictions have been implemented. Be sure to read and abide by all signs before you park your vehicle at a trailhead. You can see trail closure notices and other updates from the DEC here.
Is Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway open?
Is Shepard Park open?
The park is open for people to walk through, but social distancing guidelines should be followed while in the park.
Are public docks and boat launches open?
Yes, public docks and boat launches are currently open. Please note, though, that many of the boat launches have restricted their parking lot capacity and the bathrooms and other facilities that are normally available may be closed.
Is the Glen Island Store open?
Neuffer's Glen Island Store has closed for the season and will re-open in mid-May 2021.
Are the cruise ships running?
Is the Glen Drive-In Theatre open?
The Glen Drive-In has closed for the season.
What is open that is fun to do in the Lake George region right now?
The following activities/attractions are available:
- Hiking and walking
- Parks (with social distancing guidelines), including Lake George Battlefield Park and Shepard Park
- Tennis and pickleball courts in Glens Falls and Queensbury
- Golf courses (not all courses are open and the ones that are have new rules and regulations as a result of COVID-19; contact specific courses for more information)
- Horseback riding (some ranches have closed for the season, call to confirm hours and to learn about any restrictions)
- Shopping (with capacity restrictions and other protocols in place)
- Bowling alleys (with capacity restrictions and other protocols in place)
To see a list of what specific businesses are open, click here.
Will major events be taking place as planned?
Currently, there are still restrictions on large public gatherings in our region. We are keeping our events calendar as up-to-date as possible as events of all sizes are rescheduled or canceled. We recommend that you direct any event questions to the specific organizers to confirm the event's status before arriving in the area.
Will the Lake George Winter Carnival take place in February 2021?
We haven't received any updates on the 2021 Lake George Winter Carnival yet. We will update this page as soon as we do.
Are shops open?
Shoppers are able to visit their favorite stores in-person. Please note that stores will be enforcing capacity restrictions, mask requirements, social distancing guidelines, and cleaning procedures, so be patient and respectful while you're shopping.
Are the outlets open?
The Factory Outlets of Lake George are open, but it's up to the individual stores within the outlets to set their hours. If there's a particular store you're hoping to visit, you'll want to give them a call to inquire about their status and hours before arriving.