Water Taxis on Lake George – Convenient and Fun!

small_458220840I never heard of water taxis until I moved to Bolton Landing (on beautiful lake George). How fascinating! You don’t need to own a boat yourself, or have a friend who owns one, or even rent a boat to get where you want to go on Lake George. Just call a cab! Now, where would anyone need to go to take a taxi on the lake? Island camping is the most popular destination – there are 387 shoreline campsites and 116 day use or picnic sites located on 44 state owned islands. (There are 170 islands of all sizes on Lake George.) All sites have a dock for at least one boat, a fireplace, a picnic table and toilet facilities. Reservations to camp or picnic on an island are necessary – go to www.reserveamerica.com as soon as you know the dates you would like – many people make reservations months in advance. Often another person’s change of plans will leave a cancellation space open at the last minute – keep checking if your preferred dates are not available the first time, or if you decide to try at the last minute. Some of the smaller islands have only two or three campsites. You may think this a plus or a minus – there is no WiFi or cell service on the islands! If you do have a boat, you can come in to the (free) public docks at Rogers Park and have (free) WiFi at both the Bolton Free library and the Bolton Chamber of Commerce. As far as getting a ride to an island (and back, of course) there are almost a dozen marinas just in Bolton Landing: Beckley’s Marina, Chic’s Marina, Inc., F.R. Smith and Sons, Inc., Norowal Marina, Inc., Performance Marine, and Waters’ Edge Marina, Inc., Bay View Marina and Cottages just to name a few. Each marina has its claim-to-fame and specialization. In general, many offer sales and service (both boat  and mechanical repairs), launch capabilities, parking for your car and trailer while you are gone, showers and laundry facilities, gas and provisions including firewood – buying local firewood is recommended, the DEC bans bringing wood into New York State unless it has been treated to eliminate pests. There is also a “Clean, Drain and Dry program in effect for boats entering or leaving Lake George to stop the spread of invasive species. Some marinas offer rentals of boats of every size and shape (my personal favorite is a pontoon boat for comfort and cruising with friends), and all kinds of water sports equipment from canoes and kayaks to jet skis and tubes. There are even fishing charters and guides available. F.R. Smith and Sons has a classic wooden boat with a guide available upon advance request, for a really classy as well as classic tour of the lake. And the Lake George Steamboat Company has three large ships that tour the lake every day. Check out www.boltonchamber.com for telephone numbers and links to the marina web sites, www.reserveamerica.com or call 1-800-456-CAMP (2267) for island camping reservations and information, and the ranger station phone numbers for the Glen Island, Long Island and Narrow Island groups. The Chamber office always has maps of the lake and the islands. How would you like to take a ride on beautiful Lake George – with your own boat, a super rental of any kind, or water taxi? Or take a wonderful cruise on a steam ship or paddle boat? Or just sit on the dock at one of our free beaches, and watch from there? Penelope Jewell            ]]>