Frequently Asked Questions About Lake George During The COVID-19 Pandemic
Since we're living in unprecedented times, it makes sense that you would have questions about what to expect this spring and summer. 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.
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Is Lake George welcoming out-of-state guests?
People from out-of-state can visit Lake George, and some hotels are already open for guests, but 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 outdoor activities, like hiking and biking, can be enjoyed, the large attractions are still closed. Restaurants and bars are limited to offering takeout only, all large events that were originally scheduled to take place in the near future have been canceled or postponed, and shops (once they are allowed to open) are restricted to curbside or in-store pickup.
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. Additionally, if you'll be staying in the area for a prolonged period of time - like seasonal homeowners, for example - Warren County Public Health Services recommends that you self-isolate for 14 days.
Where do I have to wear a mask?
You have to wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth if you are in a public closed environment (indoors) or when you cannot keep a proper social distance (six feet away from people who aren't part of your household). Even when you are outdoors, you should have your mask available in case you are not able to social distance. Additionally, businesses will 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 (especially if you're traveling from other areas of the state or region) 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 you know and love will be back to a "new normal" sooner rather than later.
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 public restrooms available?
To the best of our knowledge, the public restrooms at Shepard Park and the Beach Road Visitors Center will be open this weekend from 7:00AM - 9:00PM.
Are hotels and other accommodations open?
Some hotels are currently open. Others are accepting reservations for future stays with plans to open in the coming weeks. Your best bet is to contact specific hotels directly to find out whether or not they're open and what new restrictions or protocols they may have.
Cabins, cottages, bed & breakfasts, and inns are allowed to be open.
The Warren County Board of Supervisors urges owners of homes who offer them for short-term rentals to not rent their homes at this time for health-related reasons.
What about campgrounds?
Governor Cuomo announced that campgrounds were able to open as of May 25. Some campgrounds are already open and welcoming guests, while others are still making their plans for the season.
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.
Additionally, state-owned campgrounds - including those on Lake George's islands - are still closed at this time.
Are hotel swimming pools open?
Some hotels have opened their pool areas for sitting (with social distancing measures in place), but the pools are not open for swimming until further notice. Please refer to the individual hotel for more information on their pool policy.
What trails are open in the Lake George Area and the Adirondacks?
The Pinnacle Trail and the Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob are both closed due to overcrowding. Other than that, 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 the Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway open?
The Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway is not currently open, but the hiking trail is.
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 beaches open?
State-owned Million Dollar Beach will be open on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) at a 50% reduced capacity. The beach will be open each day 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 will be reduced to 150 cars.
Adjacent 'Dog Beach' will be temporarily fenced off and closed 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, and Usher's Park Beach in the Town of Lake George, were not open for Memorial Day Weekend. We are awaiting word on their status going forward.
The Town of Bolton announced that its beaches (Rogers Memorial Park Beach and Veteran's Memorial Park Beach) will be open on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) from 10:00AM - 5:00PM (with a reduced capacity and other restrictions) until June 25.
Huletts Park Beach is scheduled to open for the season on June 13 and be open on weekends only until June 27.
Are public docks and boat launches open?
Have docks been put in on the day-use islands yet?
About 40% of the docks are in, some in each grouping. Day passes and seasonal day stickers are not available for the islands yet. We will update this page once we have more information from the DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation).
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 will be open on weekends only (Friday - Sunday) until the last week of June when it will open 7 days a week. Call Neuffer's main line at 518-644-2561 to confirm hours or with any questions.
Is Glen Lake open?
Yes, the Glen Lake Canoe/Kayak Launch Site on Glen Lake Road is open.
What is open that is fun to do in the Lake George region right now?
The following outdoor 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)
To see a list of what specific businesses are open, click here to visit our attractions directory, then click the large green button at the top of the list that says "See What's Open Right Now."
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!
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 May 19, the Capital Region has met all of the requirements to be able to start Phase 1 of re-opening on May 20. Phase 1 includes construction, manufacturing, and retail (for curbside or in-store pickup or drop off only). 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 is open now that the Lake George Region is in Phase 1?
In addition to boating, biking, hiking and golfing that opened prior to Phase 1, some of the activities and attractions that are now 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 (limited to curbside or in-store pickup and drop off only, may call to order or place orders online)
What will be open when the Lake George Region enters Phase 2?
Some of the activities and attractions that will be available once the Lake George Region enters Phase 2 include:
- Retail shopping (for "safe shopping" where shoppers must still wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines)
- Hair salons
What will be open when the Lake George Region enters Phase 3?
Some of the activities and attractions that will be available once the Lake George Region enters Phase 3 include:
- Restaurants and bars
- Adirondack Mountain Club's lodging facilities
What will be open when the Lake George Region enters Phase 4?
Some of the activities and attractions that will be available once the Lake George Region enters Phase 4 include:
- Events and large gatherings
Will major events be taking place as planned?
Currently, there are no public gatherings allowed in our region. Events and large gatherings are part of Phase 4, and we are keeping our events calendar as up-to-date as possible as events of all sizes are rescheduled or canceled. Because so much is dependent on how our area progresses through the first three phases of reopening, we recommend that you direct any event questions to the specific organizers to confirm the event's status before arriving in the area.