The Best Lake George Water Activities
When the temperatures rise, the waters surrounding Lake George feature plenty of water activities that are inviting to kayakers, swimmers, fishermen, and wildlife explorers.
Cruise with The Morgan
An hour-and-a-half tour peeking over the railing of The Sagamore Resort’s replica nineteenth-century touring vessel, The Morgan, reveals a shoreline full of grand historic mansions, mountainous wilderness, and often-unexplored islands.
Lake George’s calm waters were the original draw to stand-up paddleboard (SUP) lovers, but these extra-wide boards have found a second life as aquatic yoga mats, thanks to local SUP instructor Patty Pensel and Lemon Tree Yoga Studio yogi Tobey Gifford. Spend 90 minutes with this duo to master your tree pose with waterbound roots.
Lou Bruno of Adirondack Fly-Fishing School has been casting a line into Upstate New York waters for as long as he can remember, reeling in trout, pike, muskie, and more. Take a half-hour trip north of Lake George to North Creek, where this master fly-fisherman gives 90-minute to all-day instruction. Novices to seasoned fly-fishers learn how to pick the right fly, perfect a single-hand fly cast even on windy days, and tie the proper knot.
Flying high above Lake George with 360-degree clear views of the Adirondacks doesn’t have to be done by plane. Instead, hook up with Parasailing Adventures for the lake’s most serene on-the-water experience, done solo or alongside two friends.
Wakeboard the Lake
For the more adventurous, Adirondack Water Ski & Wakeboard School out of Chic’s Marina teaches first-time wakeboarders how to gracefully glide behind a boat. If that’s too much, there’s no shame in tubing.
White Water Rafting
Just 20 minutes west of Lake George, you’ll find daily dam releases on the Sacandaga that guarantee a ride full of Class II and III rapids. With Sacandaga Outdoor Center, it’s the perfect two-hour family excursion where the kids will have to put down their phones to focus.
For a hands-on geology lesson, strap on a headlamp and float waist – and then neck – deep in underground caves. Just 20 minutes north of Lake George, the Natural Stone Bridge and Caves takes explorers through three- to four-hour tours into the largest cave entrance in the eastern US. Finish with a relaxing cave float.
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