Special Protection for a Special Place :
Located about 50 miles north of Albany, Lake George is known internationally for its crystal-clear waters with a depth of up to 200 feet. It is considered to be among the clearest and cleanest large lakes in the world. Rich in natural and cultural history, Lake George is 32 miles long and up to 2.5 miles wide.
Formed nearly 10,000 years ago by melting glaciers, the water clarity and scenic beauty of Lake George have been the key attributes of the Lake described by numerous writers over the years. In a letter to his daughter written in 1791, Thomas Jefferson famously declared Lake George to be, “without comparison, the most beautiful water I ever saw; formed by a contour of mountains into a basin… finely interspersed with islands, its water limpid as crystal, and the mountain sides covered with rich groves … down to the wateredge: here and there precipices of rock to checker the scene and save it from monotony.”