Recreational Uses

Statutory authority over certain vessels offering food, beverage, amusements, etc. has been in effect since 1961. Regulations requiring operational permits for parasails, seaplanes, tour boats, and new recreational uses, were promulgated in 1991. Parasails, Tour Boats and Seaplanes in operation prior to the adoption of the permit requirements were given permits as a matter of right but still must adhere to the adopted restrictions. The program’s purpose is to maintain oversight over the existing uses, allow public scrutiny of new proposals in order to protect existing recreational users and to provide for reasonable public access to the lake. Review of these applications can be extensive and time consuming due to the many potential impacts on the lake and other existing recreational uses. Contact the Commission for appropriate forms.



For information about camping at Lake George, please visit the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation or Reserve America web pages or by calling 1-800-456-CAMP, to find information about the islands on Lake George. You may also contact the NYS DEC Camping facilities directly at Long Island: 518-656-9426; Glen Island: 518-644-9696; Narrows: 518-499-1288.