Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Visiting Lake George

To the Iroquois she was known as An-Di-A-Ta-Roc-Te which translates to 'the lake that shuts itself in'. The French settlers knew her as Lac du Saint Sacrement (Lake of the Blessed Sacrement). The British later named her Lake George in honor of his majesty George II of England. There was even an campaign to change the name to Horicon by James Fenimore Cooper. She is known as the 'Queen of American Lakes', but whatever her namesake she is certainly majestic. So much that in a letter to his daughter, Thomas Jefferson wrote "Lake George is without comparison, the most beautiful water I ever saw; formed by a contour of mountains into a basin... finely interspersed with islands, its water limpid as crystal, and the mountain sides covered with rich groves... down to the water-edge: here and there precipices of rock to checker the scene and save it from monotony."

Formed by glacial activity over many years, two rivers that once flowed through what is now the Lake George basin were blocked and filled by advancing and receding glaciers. The melting glaciers that then filled this basin gave us Lake George, since then natural springs and streams took over keeping the water crystal clear.

I have visited Lake George for years and it seems I am just scratching the surface of what there is to see and do.

Heading south into the village from the junction of US-9 and 9N

Looking down Montcalm Street from Canada Street, Shepard Park is on the left.



Daisies, Black-Eyed Susan's and others.

A peek down the alley that runs along Christie's on the Lake.

Dining al fresco is common in Lake George as seen here at the Sicilian Spaghetti House & Pizzeria.

Village docks in the evening.

The perfect fishing hour. The lake has bass, perch, trout, landlocked salmon and other species.

Moorings of the Lake George Steamboat Company, from left to right are: Lac du Saint Sacrement, Mohican, and the Minne-Ha-Ha.

The sidewalk along the lake runs all the way to the Boardwalk Restaurant and Marina (far right).

Nightly gathering at the fire pit for marshmallows, hotdogs, chit chat and relaxation. Mountain View Cottages are a great place to stay.

There's always something interesting to see at night.

There are always motorcycles around, and in fact during the first full week of June, Lake George hosts the World's Largest Motorcycle Touring Rally - The Americade.

Many homes and businesses are landscaped with colorful flowers such as this Tiger Lily.

and these Day Lilies I found while searching for the Prospect Mountain foot trail.

On the backstreets of the village if you search you can find the Trailhead to Prospect Mountain foot trail. I hiked up to the Prospect Mountain highway to before the Cascade/Porter hike.

Part of the path crosses over the Adirondack Northway, these stairs lead to a walkway overpass.

Above I-87, the Adirondack Northway looking north from Prospect Mountain foot trail.

Crossing over Prospect Mountain Highway (the easy way to the top).

Support pillars, remains of the incline railway that took visitors from the village to the top of Prospect Mountain. The railway ran from 1895 until it ceased operation in 1903 for financial reasons.

More remains of the incline railway.

The trail is steep and follows the old incline railway bed.

I think this little guy wanted a handout. He was making noise to attract my attention.

Breathtaking view of the bays from Top Of The World Golf Resort.

From the foreground Dunham Bay, Harris Bay, and Van Warmer Bay.

Looking East toward Fort Ann from Top of the World Golf Resort.

Over one hundred years old the Sagamore resort in Bolton Landing.

Shelving Rock Mountain in the center with Huckleberry Island to the left and Refuge Island to the right.

Lac du Saint Sacrement on her way back to the docks.

Some nice boats at the village docks. Pilot Knob is the far mountain.

Shepard's Cove Restaurant on the left with Shepard Park on the right. The steeple from Caldwell Presbyterian Church is seen just above the trees.

If you've ever visited Lake George Village there is no doubt you've heard the steam calliope on the top deck of the Steamship Paddlewheeler Minne Ha Ha.  The sound carries through the valley, and is a constant reminder of where you are. Minne Ha Ha translates to 'Laughing Waters' the name given to the wife of Native American Chief Hiawatha.

Lac du Saint Sacrement, the largest of the fleet.

Horse and carriage rides are one of the attractions of the village.

Just another great day at Lake George.


  1. Thanks for the pictures!! As you know, I have been going to Lake George for most of my life and I don't think I ever took the time to appreciate all that is there..... the beauty of the area.

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