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|Author||Topic: Lake George|
posted 07-27-2006 11:08 PM ET (US)
My wife and I are planning a trip up to Lake George in September. We were thinking about taking our tender, a Nauset, but we are looking for more information on the area. I have only been to the north part of the lake to race Star sailboats twenty-five years ago.
The hotel we are staying at is in the Bolton Landing area and offers slips in a small marina area. They are a bit pricy but it would make the boat very accessible.
My question….are there boat ramps close Burtons landing. Are they private or public? What fees involved. Is there a permit needed to operate a boat on the lake. Are there restaurants within easy travel distance by boat?
Any help would be appreciated.
posted 07-28-2006 10:14 AM ET (US)
Sounds like you are planning a stay at the Sagamore. There are several boat ramps in town. Closest to the Sag is Norowal Marina, just before the bridge to Green Island, where the resort is. Great facility, has a nice ramp, which you will be lonely on in September. Also gas, mechanics and a ships store. Expect to pay around $25 for the in/out at their ramp. Yes, you will need a lake use sticker, for around $15, likely sold right there, too. As far as dock and dine, try the Algonquin, which is right in Bolton Landing, in Huddle Bay behind Sweetbriar Island. If your rig can make a longer ride, The Boathouse restaurant downlake about 5 miles or so is another decent dock and dine. In the Village of Lake George there are a ton a restaurants, but after Labor Day, I'd call 1st.
posted 07-28-2006 11:58 AM ET (US)
I have to second Tombro's comments and compliments of Norwal Marina. I have taken my wife and kids on an annual camping trip for the past 5 years to Lake George in which we charter and camp on a private island through the state of New York.
If you are staying at the Sagamore (a little different than our tent accomodations), the ramp at Norwal Marina will be perfect for you and you have to pass by it to travel over the Green Island bridge. So don't worry about going out od your way or having trouble finding it. Just before the bridge on your left you will see the sign for Norwal marina.
Their ramp is a two lane operation that should easily have you launched or hauled in minutes as their staff keeps the boats moving and will help you if you need anything.
We have used Norwal Marina to launch our boat and park our car and trailer each year and have had nothing but a wonderful experience with them each year. The use of their ramp to launch and haul out will run you about $15.00 total and the one week Lake George sticker is $15.00. I think they will allow you to break and leave your trailer as they have two large parking lots for vehicles and trailers. However, they will not allow you to leave your boat on your trailer on their lot for liability reasons. Doesn't sound like that will be an issue for you though.
In addition to dining in the village of Lake George you might also try to catch the fireworks from the water. If you need any information on the Lake or activities feel free to drop me a line. Have fun.
posted 07-28-2006 02:08 PM ET (US)
You can drop me a line, as well. I have boated there since 1989, 19 separate one week trips. I fish the lake, mostly.
posted 09-15-2006 12:11 PM ET (US)
rmart and tombro.....thank you for your great information on Lake George.
We did keep our Nauset at Norwal Marina. They were half the price than the Sagamore at $60 a night. They gave us an off season rate. They did have a charge for everything, trailer storage, car storage, ramp fee, lake permit, slip fee. Everything came out to about $50.00 per day. As they say "Welcome to New York".
We did have three great days on the water. Traveling the length of the lake. We could run at WOT on the flat mornings. The boat ran consistantly at 44.42 mph.(1996 90hp Mercury) using a Garmin 498c plotter/sounder.
We went up above Hague and had a fine lunch at "The View" at indian kettles, and great dinner at the "Algonquin" in Bolton Landing. The meals at the Sagamore were out of this world.
The "Algonquin" is right next store to the local Boston Whaler dealer Chip's. We did get a chance to chat with Tony at chips about the new Whalers.
Most interesting was the metered boat parking in the Village of Lake George.
posted 09-18-2006 07:28 AM ET (US)
Glad you enjoyed your time there. I remember ogling those Whalers at that dealer, and taking a catalog, after we rented a Montauk next door for a day. That was in 2001. In 2003 we entered the Whaler world with a 150 Sport, and have since moved on to the 210 Ventura last year. I had the sport up there twice. Would love to get the Ventura up there sometime...but lack of a trailer and tow vehicle precludes that. We may go for a long weekend next summer, and I'll rent a Montauk again.
I can only dream of the dining at the Sag. As I recall, they won't let non guests in for dining. Will just have to stay there, not so bad.
posted 09-18-2006 09:49 AM ET (US)
Glad to hear the trip went well and the boat ran strong. If you want go back to the Lake on a budget you might consider camping on one of the NY state campgrounds islands.
This certainly does not have the amenities of the Sag but it does give you a better view and experience of the lake in my opinion especially if you camp on one of the islands in the Narrows or the Mother Bunch islands.
Did you catch the fireworks while you were there?
Happy whaling and sailing the rest of the season!
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