By Walt Lender,
LGA Executive Director
It’s not yet Memorial Day, but we are already seeing boaters plying the cool (actually cold) clear waters of Lake George for the 2018 season – and we’d like to welcome them and their friends. We hope they enjoy their time on the Lake and make memories to last a lifetime.
In order to ensure that everyone on the Lake enjoys themselves and creates great memories, we’d like to offer the following reminders:
- Remember that all trailered boats must be inspected before they are allowed to launch in Lake George. Please see http://lgboatinspections.com for more information on the inspection regulations.
- Please ensure your boat is “cleaned, drained and dry” when it arrives at Lake George. That will ensure that your boat isn’t carrying any invasive species from one water body to another. If it doesn’t meet that standard, be prepared for a hot-water wash at one of the Lake George Park Commission’s inspection stations. You’ll be back on the move in less than ten minutes, on average.
- If your boat has sanitary facilities, ensure that they are permanently sealed to protect the Lake’s water quality.
- Lake George is DRINKING WATER as well as recreational water, so please ensure that you don’t throw, discharge or abandon anything into the Lake – if you wouldn’t put it in your own well, please keep it out of the Lake!
- Speed limits are 5 MPH when in no-wake zones (like near the boat launches). That limit also applies if you are within 100 feet (the length of two school buses) of docks, moorings, shorelines and anchored vessels.
- This no-wake speed helps to protect fragile shorelines as well as keep boaters and residents safe.
- On the Lake, speed limits are 45 miles per hour from 6 am to 9 pm, and 25 miles per hour from 9 pm to 6 am. The Lake George Park Commission Marine Patrol strictly enforces those limits.
- When you park to just enjoy the beauty, remember that anchoring or recreating within 200 feet of shore (four school buses) along private property is also prohibited – and the private property may or may not be identified as such. Check your map or GPS for more information on the location of public property.
- Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash, not in the water, to ensure you aren’t unintentionally introducing an invasive species in Lake George.
Early in the season, there can be large debris out on the Lake from storms, ice out, or other natural and manmade events. Please be aware of your surroundings at all times – having an official spotter in the boat is a good idea anytime, but especially now.
And, as a final reminder, the Lake is still cold. Our water temperature gauge at Hall’s Boat Co. is hovering in the mid 40s. Wear your lifejacket when boating early in the season – it will increase your survival chances in cold-water conditions.
As always, we wish you a safe and enjoyable summer, and hope to see you out on the Lake!
Walt Lender is the executive director of the Lake George Association, which for more than 130 years has worked regionally to protect Lake George from harm. We protect the water quality through in-the-ground projects that reduce stormwater and the potential for invasive species; we monitor the Lake’s water conditions through numerous citizen science and staff activities; we promote Lake-Friendly Living concepts to show residents how to protect the Lake’s water quality on their own; and we have helped educate generations of watershed residents about the Lake through on-the-water and in-the-classroom (STEM) activities.