Lake George has a “two-story” fishery; both warm water fish, such as perch, bass, and sunfish; and cold water fish, such as lake trout and salmon, are found in the Lake.
Lake George also has a wide variety of wildlife on the shore and in the watershed: mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and insects. Many live at the water’s edge where boaters can see them — and where boaters can affect them. This transitional zone between land and water is a very important habitat and source of food for many different animals.
Please protect Lake George’s wildlife while boating!
- Proceed slowly in shallow areas.
- Do not disturb wildlife. Bring binoculars out on the boat so you can observe birds such as loons from a safe distance.
- Avoid contact with submerged aquatic vegetation
- Watch your wake — it can lead to shoreline erosion.
- Observe posted No-Wake zones.
Regulations are in place to protect the Lake’s fishery. If you plan on fishing, be sure to get a copy of the most recent fishing regulations from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.
Know that anyone over the age of 16 must have a fishing license and be aware of fishing seasons and of minimum size limits and maximum catch allowances.
For more information about Lake George wildlife, visit our Fish and Wildlife of Lake George page.
Please Don’t Feed the Birds
Ducks, geese, and gulls have a natural survival rhythm. Our interruptions of their routine creates a destructive cycle which breaks the animals of their instinctual habits to forage for food that is healthy for them.
By feeding waterfowl things like popcorn, bread, crackers and potato chips, we make them dependent on our handouts and provide them with less nutritious foods than they naturally would find for themselves.
Artificial feeding of waterfowl can cause:
- Poor nutrition
- Increased hybridization
- Water pollution
- Delayed migration
- Concentration at unnatural sites
- Spread of disease
- Costly management efforts
- Unnatural behavior
- Cumulative effects
- Devaluation of the species
Visit our page on Nuisance wildlife of Lake George to learn more.