Frequently Asked Questions About Lake George During The COVID-19 Pandemic
Do you have questions about what to expect during your next visit to 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.
What is New York State's current policy on out-of-state visitors?
As of April 1, 2021, domestic travelers are no longer required to quarantine upon entering New York State.
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.
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 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?
Most campgrounds will begin to open for the season later this spring. 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 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 will open for the season in May 2021.
Are hotel swimming pools open?
Hotels are allowed to open their pools, but must enforce strict social distancing and sanitization protocols. Please refer to the individual hotel for more information on their pool policy.
Click here to find lodging properties with indoor pools, but please contact the properties directly to find out about their status and protocols.
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 75% 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?
To the best of our knowledge, all trails in the Lake George area are open. 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.
Is the Glen Island Store open?
Neuffer's Glen Island Store will open for the season in mid-May 2021.
Are the cruise ships running?
When will the Great Escape & Hurricane Harbor open?
Six Flags announced that the Great Escape & Hurricane Harbor will open on May 1, 2021. Safety protocols and capacity limits will be in place. Visit the park's website for more information.
Is the Glen Drive-In Theatre open?
The Glen Drive-In will open for the 2021 season on April 30.
Will there be fireworks this summer?
In late March, Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Gina Mintzer told News10ABC that a fireworks show is being planned for July 4, pending sponsorship, and that Thursday night fireworks will resume in June. We will post more updates as we receive them.
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.
Is Americade still happening?
Americade has been moved from its traditional dates in early June to September 21-25, 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.