LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the completion of a $6.3 million project to upgrade the Lake George Boat Launch and the parking lot at Lake George Beach, also known as Million Dollar Beach. The project improves water quality protections and increases recreational access to the lake.
“Lake George is a major economic asset for the region and these improvements will keep the lake both pristine and accessible for years to come,” Governor Cuomo said. “I encourage New Yorkers and visitors alike to take a trip to this great New York landmark, and experience the unmatched natural beauty and recreational opportunities for themselves.”
The project includes a parking lot paved with porous asphalt, new stormwater management infrastructure, reconfigured traffic flow and a relocated and refurbished boat launch. The boat launch includes a boat inspection and boat wash station to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.
Boat Launch Improvements:
- The boat launch, located east of the Lake George Beach House, has the capacity for 26 boats including the tow vehicle and trailer between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day while the beach is open. During the remainder of the boating season, when the beach is closed and the parking sites reserved for beach goers are available to boaters and can accommodate 200 boats and trailers.
- The newly configured and relocated boat launch is more suitable for launching larger boats and will be open throughout the boating season. The previous location was closer to the beach and, for safety reasons, could not be open when the beach was open.
Beach Road Improvements:
Beach Road’s new design is safer for pedestrians to navigate the area and to get to the beach. In addition, the road is repaved with porous asphalt.
- A new multi-use path passes through the facility to the south end of the lake.
- Features in the parking lot and walkways provide easier and safer access for people with disabilities.
Porous Asphalt and Stormwater Infrastructure:
- The use of porous asphalt and installation of stormwater infrastructure protects the lake’s water quality on the mile-long stretch of road on the southern shoreline. The stretch of Beach Road along the Lake’s shore is constructed to decrease the amount of sedimentation and pollutants entering the lake, decrease the amount of salt and sand needed to keep the roads safe during winter weather, and significantly decreases the frequency and depth of flooding of the road and parking lots.