Lake George - A Brief History


Lake George, a beautiful spring-fed glacial lake celebrated for its natural beauty, was long considered an important passageway through the mountain wilderness. The Iroquoian natives referred to the lake as Andiatarocté or the shut-in lake, while early French missionary Isaac Jogues, the first European to travel the lake, named it Lac du Saint-Sacrement (Lake of the Holy Sacrament). The lake is thought to have been discovered by Samuel de Champlain during his North American explorations of 1609.


Lake George played an important role in early American history having been been the scene of major military actions during the French and Indian War (1754 – 1763) and the American Revolution (1775 – 1783). Two forts were constructed - Fort William Henry and Fort Carillon (later known as Lake Champlain). Major battles occurred at these forts during the war.


After the war, Lake George grew as a recreational spot. People came from all over to travel the lake in steamships and vacation on the mountainous, heavily wooded shores. Some of the first Lake George hotels included Halfway House, The Fort William Henry, Willard House, Mohican House, Bolton House, The Sagamore, and Silver Bay. The majority of these were built in the 1800's.


    Lake George is one of New York's major tourist recreational areas.
    Lake George Facts:

  • Elevation: 320 feet above sea level
  • Length: 32.2 miles
  • Drains: South to north, drains into the La Chute River at Ticonderoga, New York, into Lake Champlain
  • Number of islands: Over 170
  • Maximum depth: 200 feet
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