Classic Boating on Lake George

Cruise the waters of Lake George in classic style! When one thinks of classic boating, Bolton Landing is the place to be! Cruising the lakes or tucked into one of the scenic boathouses you will see many of the greats: Chris CraftHacker-Craft, Garwood, Dodge, Fay and Bowen, Lyman, Century, Sheperd, Hutchinson, Ventnor and many more. These boats are all very special.

While the owners of classic boats cherish their “babies” they also love to show them off. Throughout the waters of Bolton, you will see many of these classic craft and may even see one of the oldest electric boats ever made. The St.Louis was built in 1896 and is still owned and operated on the waters of Lake George by descendants of the original owners. The best part is that she has three younger sisters, two built in 1904 and one built in 1906 which you may see giving chase in the same bay!

Bolton Landing was the home of one of the greatest Gold Cup race boats ever – the El Largato. She won the Gold Cup race three times in a row from 1933 to 1935, a feat not repeated to this day. The boathouse that she called home is today called the Boathouse Bed and Breakfast, which can be seen from the Sagamore Bridge to Green Island. In fact, El Largato was timed going under this very bridge at her top speed of 72 MPH!

Bolton Landing is rich in classic boating history. In fact, the first dealership to sell Johnson Outboard Motors was and still is right here in Bolton Landing. There are literally hundreds of classic boats in and around Bolton. Listen closely and you will hear the throaty roar of the engines or watch closely and see the silent electric boats. Come to Bolton and enjoy Lake George as she used to be.