Is Lake George Safe to Swim In?

Visitors to Lake George often wonder: “is it safe to swim in Lake George?” The answer is a resounding yes! Lake George is one of the cleanest and most beautiful lakes in the country. It offers 32 miles of wide bays, wooded islands, and quiet coves. Thousands of people spend their summers swimming in the "Queen of American Lakes."

Below are five locations on Lake George that are completely safe to swim in!

Shepard Park beach with buoys and Adirondack Mountains in the background



Most people who swim in Lake George do so at the beach! Six major beaches and a number of smaller beaches on Lake George are open to the public. Some, like Shepard Park and Million Dollar Beach in Lake George Village and Rogers Memorial Park and Veterans Memorial Park in Bolton Landing, are conveniently located right in the middle of bustling towns. They have plenty of room to spread a towel and are near restaurants, bars, and other activities.

Person standing on Shepard Park beach

Other beaches, such as Usher Park in Lake George Village and Hague Town Beach in Hague are more quiet, offering a soothing location to swim or sunbathe.

Check out our blog to learn more about Lake George area beaches!

Island Campsites

Did you know you can rent an island campsite on Lake George? Dozens of day sites and overnight sites are available through Reserve America at Glen Island or Long Island. Pick an island and a numbered campsite, book it, and its yours. Every campsite has a boat dock that is often perfect for swimming. Some sites even have spots for swimmers to enter the water from land. There's no better place to build a fire and have a picnic than an island campsite! Note: you need to rent or own a boat to access these campsites.

Family on a boat at the dock for the Turtle Island Campsite

Want to know what it is like to island camp on Lake George? Check out our blog!

Northwest Bay

Northwest Bay is a massive, wide-open bay with plenty of open water for swimming. This bay, located in Bolton Landing, is several miles long and about two miles wide in spots. Boaters often pick a spot near the shoreline of Tongue Mountain or in the middle of the bay and float the day away. Don't forget to pack a sandwich! Note: you need to rent or own a boat to access these campsites.

Northwest Bay with the Adirondack Mountains in the background


Paradise Bay

The call it Paradise Bay for a reason: this bay truly is a paradise. You'll understand the name after you cruise through the narrow entrance and emerge into the wide open bay. Paradise Bay is a favorite swimming spot among boaters due to its stunning natural features. There’s even a ten foot boulder on the shore that swimmers can jump off! Note: you need to rent or own a boat to access Paradise Bay. Boats cannot anchor in the bay.

Log Bay

Log Bay is a favorite place to swim for thousands of people every summer. Boaters anchor along the shoreline and relax in the sun and water daily. The bay is shallow with a sandy bottom, making it perfect for kids and families. There’s even a volleyball net set up! Note: you need to rent or own a boat to access Log Bay.

Three boats and a group of people swimming in Log Bay