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Stellario posted 08-04-2003 11:54 PM ET (US)   Profile for Stellario   Send Email to Stellario  
Anyone do any boating on Lake George? I'm trailering my Montauk up there next week for my first ever fresh water boating and first visit to the lake.

I suspect that rock is a little less forgiving than the sandbars of Moriches Bay. Anything else to watch out for? Nessie? :)

Any advice about places to launch, must see etc. would be appreciated.


Sixer posted 08-05-2003 07:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sixer    
Here are a couple of websites, and if you don't have an aluminum prop, get one, or go very slow.

Have a good trip, I do the same, but go to Lake Champlain instead. Still looking for Champ ;~)

Rob Cote posted 08-05-2003 09:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rob Cote  Send Email to Rob Cote     

I've been thinking about taking my Montauk up there as well, but have not done it yet.

I'm not sure, but I think you need a "Park permit" in order to boat on the lake. They sell a permit by the season - not sure of the cost.

The Lake George Power Squadron has put together a nice set of Charts which I purchased for about $20+/-. It's a set of 4 waterproof charts that come in a small plastic storage tube. I suspect that the charts would help keep you a little safer. You can get them at most any mariner up there.

Good luck. Let us know how it goes.

tombro posted 08-11-2003 06:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
Have fun at Lake George. You probably already did; I'm late in replying. I have been fishing and boating there yearly since the 1980's, and find it an exceptionally well marked lake. Most, if not all, obvious hazards are buoyed by the state. We stay in Bolton, and have rented Montauks over the years from Chic's. That led us to buying a 150 Sport last month, which will be plying the lake later this month. They have a ton of Whalers and Scouts that they both rent and sell. PWC's, tubes, and skis, also.
As far as charts, I have been using the Jimapco lake chart, and find it accurate. They are available all over the lakefront and are waterproof and one piece. Launching in the south basin at either Norowhal(sp?)or Chic's will work. Bayview Cottages just south of Chic's has a quiet and decent ramp, too. I use it for my smaller craft.
lhg posted 08-11-2003 01:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I really began my Whaler boating interest on Lake George, 1968-1980, and spent hundreds of weekends there. In my estimation the middle third of the Lake, from Bolton Landing up though the islands areas is the place to be.

I used to know Ray Chicorelli (Chic), and his son, well, and launched there on a seasonal basis. I remember when they got the BW franchise in the late 70's. And worse, they sold me my first new Mercury in 1970, an in-line 4 50HP for my 13 Sport, for $800 (see photo in Refernece section, taken on Lake George!) So they are the ones reponsible for my lifelong addiction to Mercury outboards!

Stellario posted 08-19-2003 08:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for Stellario  Send Email to Stellario     
Thank you all for your posts.

Rob Cote,

What a great place to bring your Boat/Whaler. My wife and I, with our three year old daughter explored a good portion of the lake.

We visited the two ranger stations one on Green Island in the north, and Long Island in the south, to rent picknick locations around the lake. You can rent your own island for the day, absolutely beautiful locations.

We found log bay on the east shore, where the bottom is sandy and shallow. Lots of folks show up and throw out an anchor, a nice place for the kids to splash around, and a short hike to a spectacular waterfall.

At the southern end of the lake is Lake George Village, you can head down there and tie up at the public docks for $2/hr while you get a bite to eat, or smoke a cigar while your wife explores the shops :)

Lake George boat registration is $20, and can be had at most marina's.

Fishing Lic is $12 for the week, and $15 for the day (yes that's right). Guess how many people get the daily license?
I used night crawlers, and pulled up mostly sunnies. Next time I'm going to try craw fish and deeper water.

We stayed at two places around Diamond Point on 9N, first was Treasure Cove, nothing fancy but clean, and a good place to keep your whaler if you can reserve a slip (I think it's $1/ft /night), otherwise it's the ramp. The Second place, I highly recommend was Still Bay, beautiful grounds, includes an excellent continental breakfast inside the main house or on the patio both, overlooking the lake, and docking also included. No ramp though at Still Bay, but their one a short distance away at the Gilcrest I understand it's $25 to use it. Treasure Cove is located 5 mile north of the village and Still Bay is half that.

We checked out another location before we left also good for boaters called Stepping Stones. On 9N too, they have cottages on the lake, with plenty of dock space (also no ramp).

Tombro's right, hidden dangers (rocks) are well marked, and most of the water is deep. I recorded over 180' in some locations.

We're already planning our return trip for next year. I think we'll be going back for a while, we're hooked.


PS. THU nights at 9:30 they have fireworks over the lake down by the village. We watched them from the boat surrounded by a small but enthusiastic flotilla.

Rob Cote posted 08-20-2003 01:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rob Cote  Send Email to Rob Cote     

Glad to hear you had such a nice time. Thanks for the details on the ramps, and accomodations.

I imagine the Fall season is quite nice on the water up there. A fews years back I hiked the "Tongue Mountain Ridge" on the west side of the lake - beautiful views of the lake. Just as you come down off the last peak, to the point of the "tongue", there's a small boat dock, large enough for maybe one boat. Nice spot.

I'll definately get up there before this year's boating season is over. Thanks again for the update.

Bigshot posted 08-20-2003 01:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
No wonder I never went darn expensive. I have never heard of metered boat parking, plus a $20 lake fee, plus ramp fees, plus fishing license, plus map fees, etc.....geez what a raquet, does the mafia own it? My friend has a house there but I never went up, supposably real nice though, glad you had fun.

I forget how cheap boating is in FL.....oh yeah, it is free, even the ramps:)

tombro posted 08-27-2003 06:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
Heading up today, and will report back.
Yes, she's expensive, but worth it, as the ad says...

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