Lake George

Lake George
Lake George - from Tongue Mtn Range - 11/11/2011

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Kayaking Lake George - Warner Bay to Barber Bay - 7/25/12

Tonight we took the kayaks out for a 2 hour paddle on Lake George in the Adirondacks of New York.  We launched from Route 9L at Warner Bay where there is a gravel pull-off from the road and a small strip of state land where you can launch.

Leesa on the water

Our itinerary just to paddle up the eastern shore of the lake until we had to turn around towards sunset.  We launched about 5:45 PM and made our way northward.   After an hour, we passed Elizabeth Island, a privately owned island that has some houses on it.

A fan boat at Elizabeth Island

We paddled a little further and went past Travis Point, the Triplet Islands, and Echo Bay before reaching a small state owned island just south of Barber Bay named Whipple Island.  

A deck for two!

At the island we pulled the boats ashore and went for a swim.  The island is small and was named in 1908 when it was discovered that it didn't have a name.  The islands were receiving new signs at the time and the island was named after State Forest, Fish and Game Commissioner Whipple.  The island has a fire ring, but fires are probably not allowed on the island.

A small state owned island just just of Barber Bay

After the swim it was time to make a beeline back to the car.  The night had become a little overcast, so there was no dramatic sunset.  Still it was a great night to be in the boats.

Leesa's in the water!

We got back to the car around 8 PM after a nice paddle.  As we were paddling back, it seems everybody was grilling at their waterfront homes and the smells were fantastic.  We had eaten before we started out, but we were hungry again.  I was ready to pull up to the boat slip with the best smelling food.

Paddling back

You can see the route here on Wikiloc or below on EveryTrail.

These folks have a nice bridge to an island with a stone gazebo

The Lac du St. Sacrement was out for it's nightly dinner cruise

Paddle Stats:
Paddle Distance:  6.2 miles
Paddle Time:  2 hours, 10 minutes


  1. I never knew about that launch spot, thanks for the info and report, I'll have to paddle up there soon.

    1. It's an easy launch. I always enjoy paddling on LG, especially on weekdays when the motor boat traffic is less.

  2. This looks absolutely amazing Mike! I have to get out there sometime soon!


    1. It's a great lake. Very beautiful and the water is quite clear and clean. Great island kayak camping.

  3. It's nice to see you out in the water with the kayaks! With the heat wave in July, it's great to be able to hop in and swim and beat the bugs.

    Cheers from Canada.

    1. I was out there again today. It's so nice, I always feel like I'm on vacation when I'm paddling there. Great swim today too.