Frequently Asked Questions About Lake George During The COVID-19 Pandemic
Do you have questions about what to expect this summer 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. As we progress through the New York Forward Reopening Plan (detailed in the "Timeline for Reopening" section below), we'll continue to update this page to keep it as accurate as possible.
Will the quarantine on out-of-state guests to New York impact my visit?
A travel advisory has been implemented in New York State. Travelers from any state currently hit hard by COVID-19, as determined by an infection rate formula, must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. This presently applies to travelers from Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico.
Is Lake George welcoming out-of-state guests?
Yes -- Many out-of-state visitors to Lake George are from the Northeast and will not be impacted by the travel advisory. That being said, it is important for 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?
The trolleys are now running 7 days a week from 8:00AM - 9:45PM through Labor Day. Masks must be worn at all times by all persons while on board a Greater Glens Falls Transit trolley or bus. Please note that seating capacity has been reduced to allow for better spacing between passengers.
Are public restrooms available?
To the best of our knowledge, the public restrooms at Shepard Park and the Beach Road Visitors Center are open from 7:00AM - 9:00PM. The restrooms at Million Dollar Beach are also open for beachgoers, but the showers are not.
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?
Governor Cuomo announced that campgrounds were able to open as of May 25. The DEC has also opened its campgrounds to new reservations for the 2020 season. Customers are encouraged to book reservations online. Walk-in camping is not permitted at this time.
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.
All DEC-owned campgrounds - including those on Lake George's islands, Lake George Battleground, Hearthstone Point, and Rogers Rock - are now open for the season.
When will I be able to make an island campground reservation?
You are now able to make island campground reservations.
Is Rogers Rock Campground open?
Rogers Rock and Hearthstone Point Campground are both open for the season.
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 yet 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 »
Are the beaches still operating at reduced capacity?
Beaches throughout the Lake George region, Adirondacks and Capital District are currently operating at 50% reduced capacity. You might arrive to discover that beach capacity has been reached and you are unable to enter. To ensure you get your dose of sand, sun and fun, be sure to arrive early and have backup plans for other beaches or other activities.
What beaches in and near Lake George Village are open?
State-owned Million Dollar Beach is open seven days a week from 10:00AM - 6:00PM. A maximum of 500 people will be allowed on the beach, which is half the normal capacity. In addition, parking has been reduced to 150 cars. The beach is free to enter, but there is a parking fee if utilizing their lot.
Adjacent 'Dog Beach' is fenced off and closed until further notice to ensure social distancing and protect public health in accordance with Department of Health guidelines that require closure of areas where people congregate and social distancing cannot be maintained.
Shepard Park Beach in the Village of Lake George is now open for daily use. Hours are 10:00AM - 6:00PM. Capacity is limited to 50%. Social distancing and masks are required.
Usher's Park Beach in the Town of Lake George is not currently open. The pavilions at the park are open, but the beach will remain closed until further notice (along with the playground and restrooms).
Huletts Park Beach is open for daily use. The park's hours are 8AM - 8PM, and the beach's hours are 11AM - 7PM.
What other public beaches are nearby?
Haviland's Cove Beach in Glens Falls, 10 miles south of Lake George Village, is open daily from 12:00PM - 5:00PM. Vehicle access is limited and guidelines for entry are posted.
Moreau Lake State Park Beach, is just over 15 miles south of Lake George Village, off of Exit 17 of the Northway (I-87). The sandy beach and swimming area are open from 10AM - 6PM daily through Labor Day Weekend. There is a day use fee to enter the park. Capacity restrictions are being enforced, so plan ahead and prepare to arrive early.
Black Point Beach in Ticonderoga is open for daily use from 10AM - 6PM through mid-August.
Loon Lake Public Beach is approximately 24 miles northwest of Lake George Village and includes a small swimming area, plus spots to fish and paddle. Loon Lake Public Beach is open daily from 11AM - 5PM.
Hague Town Beach is closed for the 2020 season.
What beach-related restrictions should I be aware of?
To prevent further spread of COVID-19, beach owners have implemented capacity restrictions both on their beaches and in their parking lots. Most beaches have staff on-site to monitor crowds and they will turn people away once the limited capacity has been reached.
Some beaches have also implemented other social distancing requirements, like maintaining 10 feet of space between the beach blankets or chairs of different households. Mask requirements are also in effect and beachgoers should be prepared to wear their masks at all times that you can't maintain a minimum six foot distance from others. Be sure to read any signs that are posted and follow all rules.
What do I do if I get turned away from a beach due to overcrowding?
On hot, sunny days, it's safe to assume that beaches will be a popular place to go. To ensure that you can get in before the capacity limit is reached, you should arrive early.
If you do get turned away, you'll want to have a back-up plan (or two) of other beaches, or even pools, that you could visit instead.
If you get closed out of all of your options, you'll have to return another day.
What trails are open in the Lake George Area and the Adirondacks?
The Prospect Mountain Trail is closed until late August due to construction on the summit. The Pinnacle Trail and the Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob are both closed until after Labor Day due to overcrowding. Other than that, most 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?
Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway is open daily from 10AM - 6PM, but the hiking trail is closed until late August due to construction on the mountain's summit. Additionally, the road and the path from the parking lot to the summit area are blocked. Visitors should note that there have been some changes to the highway to ensure visitor safety. Read about those here.
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.
Have docks been put in on the day-use islands yet?
There was a COVID-19 related delay for one of the docks, but all docks are now set up at the day-use islands. Day passes and seasonal day stickers are available.
Is the Glen Island Store open?
Neuffer's Glen Island Store is currently open for the season, but please note that masks are required. The store is open daily from 8:00AM - 8:00PM. Call Neuffer's main line at 518-644-2561 to confirm hours or with any questions.
Are the cruise ships running?
Is Glen Lake open?
Yes, the Glen Lake Canoe/Kayak Launch Site on Glen Lake Road is open.
Is mini-golf open?
Mini-golf courses were allowed to open on July 6 and courses throughout the region are now open. Check in with businesses directly for hours and social distancing requirements.
When will the Great Escape & Hurricane Harbor open?
An opening date has not yet been announced. The park previously announced a new reservation system that will be in place when it does open.
Is the Glen Drive-In Theatre open?
The Glen Drive-In is now open for the season (Wednesdays - Sundays). The Drive-In has posted its COVID safety precautions on its Facebook page. Visit their website for more information on what movies they're showing.
What is open that is fun to do in the Lake George region right now?
The following activities/attractions are available:
- Hiking and walking (except for the Pinnacle Trail and the Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob, which are both closed)
- 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)
- Non-motorized boat rentals (including rowboats, kayaks, and canoes)
- Motorized boat rentals
- Horseback riding (some ranches have opened, call them to confirm and to learn about any restrictions)
- Tree-top adventure courses
- Boat cruises
- Shopping (with capacity restrictions and other protocols in place)
To see a list of what specific businesses are open, click here.
We recommend that you bring a camera with you while you're doing any of the above activities. It's a beautiful time of year!
Will there be fireworks this summer?
No, there will not be any Fourth of July or weekly fireworks in the Village of Lake George this year.
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 there be summer concerts and entertainment in Shepard Park?
The Lake George Arts Project, Lake George Community Band, and the Village of Lake George have all announced that their traditional summer concert and entertainment series have been canceled for this year.
Is the Painted Pony Championship Rodeo in Lake Luzerne open?
The Painted Pony Championship Rodeo will not open for the 2020 season. They look forward to welcoming visitors back in 2021.
Is Americade still happening?
No. Unfortunately, Americade was moved from early June to late July, then ultimately cancelled. Event organizers and the entire Lake George region are looking forward to next year's Americade scheduled for June 7 - 12, 2021.
Is the Adirondack Nationals Car Show still happening in September?
On July 15, Adirondack Nationals Car Show organizers announced in a video on Facebook that the 2020 show has been canceled. The Car Show will return to Lake George on September 9 - 12, 2021.
Did the Balloon Festival get canceled?
Unfortunately, yes. On June 10, the festival's Board of Directors made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Adirondack Balloon Festival due to COVID-19-related concerns. The festival will return to the region on September 23 - 26, 2021.
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.
What will be open when?
Lake George (and Warren County) is part of New York State's "Capital Region" for the purposes of Governor Cuomo's reopening plan. As of July 1, the Capital Region is now in Phase 4 of the four phase plan. To learn more about which industries are included in each of the four phases, visit the official website here. We've also detailed some of the activities and attractions that will be available in each phase in the four FAQs below.
The ability for a region to enter a new phase of reopening is dependent on a number of virus-related health metrics, so it is impossible at this point to give an exact date when certain industries will be able to reopen. A minimum of two weeks is required between each phase to give experts enough time to monitor how the virus's spread has been impacted by industries opening.
What opened when the Lake George Region was in Phase 1?
In addition to boating, biking, hiking and golfing that opened prior to Phase 1, some of the activities and attractions that became available include:
- Fishing (and going out on the lake with fishing guides)
- Hunting (where permitted and in-season)
- Boat rentals (both non-motorized and motorized)
- Horseback riding
- Tennis and pickleball
- Retail shopping (which was limited to curbside or in-store pickup in Phase 1)
What opened when the Lake George Region was in Phase 2?
Some of the activities and attractions that became available in Phase 2 include:
- Retail shopping (for "safe shopping" where shoppers must still wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines)
- Hair salons
- Hotel outdoor pools
- Treetop adventure courses
- Boat cruises
- Outdoor dining
- Public pools and playgrounds (as decided by the municipalities that own them)
What opened when the Lake George Region was in Phase 3?
Some of the activities and attractions that became available in Phase 3 include:
- Restaurants and bars (for indoor dining at 50% capacity)
- Adirondack Mountain Club's lodging facilities
- Personal care businesses (nail salons, massage therapists, etc.)
What is open now that the Lake George Region has entered Phase 4?
Some of the activities and attractions that will be available once the Lake George Region enters Phase 4 include:
- Low-risk outdoor arts and entertainment
- Low-risk indoor arts and entertainment
- Higher education
- Professional sports competitions with no fans