Ahhhh, Island Camping…

Camping is a summer tradition in the Adirondacks. There’s something about sitting around an open fire, roasting marshmallows, and sleeping underneath a cloudless, star-filled sky that makes a summertime camping trip a rite-of-passage. Bolton Landing on Lake George is the homebase for the most unique camping trip you’ll ever have – island camping!

 isld campsite

It’s tough to picture a better way to experience the Adirondacks. An island camping trip out of Bolton Landing is both wild and convenient. The Narrows section of Lake George is the closest hub of scattered islands from the heart of Bolton Landing. Dozens of unique and private sites can be reached by a 20-minute boat ride

 two tents

You’re in for a gorgeous ride from Bolton to your campsite, but once you arrive the fun really begins. After you dock your boat, gather the family together and pitch the tents, set up the picnic tables, and tidy up the outhouse. After you’ve set up camp, it’s time to explore the island. Carry down and dead wood to your site’s fireplace so you have enough for a roaring fire. Jump off the dock and cool off in the lake. Snorkel around the shoreline and discover every detail. Of course, camping is about rest and relaxation, so don’t be afraid to set up your hammock and nap in the sun.

 backgammon by campfire

The fun doesn’t end on the campsite. Take your boat out onto the lake and go water skiing, wakeboarding, or tubing. Pick a secluded spot on the water and drop anchor. Bask in the sun and make a few casts in search of a big bass or a few sunfish. Take a ride to the ranger station on Glen Island for snacks and supplies.

 sag & boat

Once the sun sets it’s time to hunker down around the fire. Build a campfire and keep warm as the sun goes down. Grill hamburgers and hotdogs, and finish the meal with a s’more or two. Tell spooky stories as it gets darker, and then head to the tent for a good night’s sleep. After falling asleep to the sound of lapping water, wake up and do it all over again the next day.

 cooking hot dog over campfire

These campsites cannot be reached by car – you have to access them by boat. If you have your own boat, launch it at Norowal Marina in Bolton Landing and cruise out to your campsite. If you don’t own a boat, you’ll need to rent one. Four boat rental options in Bolton Landing are Chic’s Marina, F.R. Smith & Sons, Waters’ Edge Marina or Towboat LG. Each marina can provide safe, quality vessels that will get you and your gear to your campsite, hassle-free.


Camping islands must be booked online at ReserveAmerica.com.


Do you camp on the islands every summer?