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Is Lake George Frozen Yet? A History of Ice on the Lake

Wondering if Lake George has frozen over yet? Those who are looking forward to ice fishing or attending the annual Winter Carnival, often ask our LakeGeorge.com staff if the lake will be frozen 'enough' when they are here, especially after the mild winter we had in 2017. We were curious if anyone has been keeping a record of when the average date for ice in and out is, and were pleasantly surprised to discover a couple resources.

The Warren County Department of Public Works has a record of the freeze over and ice out dates, from winter of 1907 to 1908 up to 2003 to 2004. In addition, the Lake George Association has been keeping a record, and in early 2017 they delved into how often the lake completely freezes and when it typically freezes.

Between the two, we were able to piece together some interesting stats.

a view of frozen Lake George

How Often Does the Lake Freeze?

The lake freezes more often than not. Looking at the records, it didn't freeze in only about 10% of the recorded years. The chart at Warren County shows that the lake did not freeze in the following winters: 1919, 1991, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, and 2002. According to the LGA, the lake also did not freeze during the 2012 to 2013 winter, and from 2016 to 2017, it froze so briefly, that it can barely be counted, especially as the ice was not safe in many areas of the lake.

What Month Does the Lake Typically Freeze?

We can also decipher from the County's chart that the ice typically freezes in January and stays frozen through March or even April. The LGA goes a bit further into this, stating that the ice usually freezes over in the second or fourth week of January. Additionally, it's only frozen over in December five times since record keeping began, and 15 times in February.

If There's No Ice, Does The Winter Carnival Go On As Planned?

Yes! The lake freezes over about 90% of the time, so your odds for events held on the ice are pretty good. Second, when the lake does not freeze, the Winter Carnival adjusts the activities so that they can be enjoyed on land, instead of on the lake's frozen surface, so not a moment of fun is missed.

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