The Northeast End of Lake George
The northeast end of Lake George is close to my heart because it’s where I was raised. For most people, this tranquil part of the lake is a bit "out of the way” – it can take an extra hour or so to reach by car if you’re traveling from the downstate metropolitan areas – but it’s well worth the effort.
This part of Lake George borders both Essex and Washington Counties and includes the towns of Ticonderoga and Putnam, as well as the communities of Dresden or Black Point Road, Glenburnie, Gull Bay and Huletts Landing. At the northern tip of Ticonderoga, not far from the Vermont state border, Lake George becomes the LaChute River and then gradually emptiesinto Lake Champlain.
Accessing Northeast Lake George By Car
The majority of Lake George is conveniently located right off exits 20-22 of Interstate 87, but the northeast end requires a little extra navigation. From exit 20, you’ll need to head north past the outlet shopping to Route 149E, and then follow Route 22 until you reach your destination. If you’re traveling from Vermont and points north, the most direct route is to come down through Ticonderoga or Whitehall.
Traveling to the Northeast End By Boat
If traveling by boat from the southern part of Lake George, it takes about an hour on average to see the entire northeast end. At the midway point, boaters must navigate the Narrows, a group of state picnic and camping islands, before passingParadise Bay, a sheltered bay surrounded by state land and two off-shore camping islands. Just south of Paradise Bay is Red Rock Bay, where larger boats often anchor for an overnight stay, and another cluster of state islands for picnicking and camping, named the Mother Bunch Islands. To the northwest, another group of islands owned by the Catholic Church includes a small Chapple and a retreat for the seminarians. Once through this scenic area, Huletts Landing and a few additional state camping islands can be seen on the east side.
Huletts is a close-knit community with charming Catholic and Protestant churches and several events throughout the summer months. The spacious, flat community is dotted with a number of camps, most of which have been upgraded to second homes and sophisticated cottages. These homes share an expansive beach, tennis court and a 9-hole golf course. To the south and north, you’ll find several independent, private homes on larger acreage, many with private lake front property. One of the only places to buy gas, Huletts Landing Marina is located at the northern end of Wyatt's Bay.
Camping & Spectacular Mountain Views
Some of my favorite destinations are on the northeast shores of Lake George. In fact, my favorite camping island, Agnes Island,is just off the northern shores of Huletts Landing. Located in an ideal channel for waterskiing, the island also features a large rock formation, perfect for jumping into the lake.
So much of this part of Lake George is state owned and will be retained forever wild. Black Mountain, located just south of Huletts, is the tallest peak on Lake George, and hiking trails on both the road and lake side lead to spectacular views. Just above Huletts, you’ll find Elephant Mountain and Sugarloaf Mountain. The latter of which is easy to spot due to its unique shape and, I believe, the top of the mountain is still privately-owned.
North of Huletts is Gull Bay. This sprawling lake side community of camps and second homes stretches from Gull Bay Road to the north end of Sagamore Road. Between Gull Bay and Huletts, several acres of state land, beautiful bays and shoreline provide residents with a uniquely private lake experience. The three most prevalent points in Gull Bay are Skerry Point, Crow Point and Dark Bay Point. As with all areas around Lake George, Gull Bay also has access to hiking trails, a town beach and a public boat launch.
North of Gull Bay is the much smaller community of Glenburnie. Located in an open valley that reaches down to Blair’s Bay and its expansive shoreline, Glenburnie features cottages and vacation/second homes, a partial golf course, tennis courts and a common swimming area. At the southern end of Blair’s Bay is Brown Point, home to an Adirondack camp for children, and the northern borders of Glenburnie are formed by a mountain known as Anthony’s Nose. This acreage was recently bought by the land conservancy and is forever wild and available for hiking or picnicking.
Ticonderoga & Putnam – Black Point Road
At the very north east end of Lake George, you’ll find many homes and camps along the shore and Black Point Road. Some of these homes are located in Ticonderoga and others in PutnamCounty. Close to the town of Ticonderoga and the Fort at Ticonderoga, this area offers convenience, as well as a rich history. The three most prominent points are Black Point, which has a public beach, Spencer Point and Mossy Point, and boaters enjoy access to Snug Harbor Marina at the northern end of Black Point Road.
Interested in Buying a Home on Lake George?
If you’re looking for a second home that’s private, tranquil and a true escape, the northeast end of Lake George offers you all that and more! To learn more about Lake George Real Estate or to start your search for your dream property on the lake, contact me to set up a meeting today or call (518) 361-0230.
Lonnie Lawrence is a licensed real estate broker and lifetime resident of Lake George. Her 40+ years of experience and vast knowledge of the region have made her an expert on Lake George Real Estate.