Lake George Kayaking, Canoeing and Paddleboarding

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Key Info

Price & Hours

$30-$85 depending on equipment
Hours vary


Sports, Recreation Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend


  • 3.5Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

If you want to be out on Lake George and get some exercise in as well, consider renting a kayak, canoe or paddleboard to navigate the lake at your leisure. Several companies offer rental equipment and there are a few different launch areas around the lake. The two most convenient options for those staying in Lake George are:

Kayak Lake George: This company is situated in the village of Lake George, just north of Shepard Park. You can rent everything from single and double kayaks to stand-up paddleboards and paddle boats. Prices range from about $30 to $40 per hour depending on the equipment; paddle boats cost $20 per person, per hour. The outfitter is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from May to September. Walk-ins are welcome, but you can also reserve via phone, email or contact form online. For additional info, head to the company's website.

Lake George Kayak Co.: Located in Bolton Landing, just north of the village on the lake's western shore, Lake George Kayak Co. offers kayak (single and double), canoe and stand-up paddleboard rentals. You can choose to rent by the hour, by a half-day or by the day; prices start around $30 for one hour for single kayaks and stand-up paddleboards, while the daily fee for equipment costs $75 to $85. Lessons are also available at this location. The rental spot is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; check out the website for more information.

Recent visitors highly recommend spending a day on the water kayaking or paddleboarding, depending on what you enjoy. Many commend the friendly staff members at the rental companies and say they can offer recommendations on where to go. Keep in mind, you'll be sharing the lake with boats of varying sizes. You'll want to be aware of your surroundings to make sure you don't end up in choppy waters and you may want to stick to paddling close to the shoreline. Other water sports companies in and around Lake George rent boats and Jet Skis as well. For more details and to book online, visit the individual outfitters' websites.

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#1 Lake George

The crown jewel of the town of Lake George is the lake itself. Lake George is a narrow, oval lake that stretches 32 miles in length, features 176 miles of shoreline and encompasses more than 170 islands. In addition to the village of Lake George on the southern banks, the lake has several other towns and communities that line its perimeter, including Bolton Landing to the west, Ticonderoga to the north and Huletts Landing to the east. One of the best ways to see Lake George in all its splendor is during sunrise or sunset. Top spots to check out the sunrise include the summit of Prospect Mountain in Lake George and Rogers Park in Bolton Landing. You can catch the best sunset views at Sleeping Beauty Mountain, Top of the World Golf Resort and some of the eateries in Lake George, such as Boardwalk Restaurant & Marina and Christie's on the Lake.

Another excellent way to take in the lake and its scenery is on the water: Consider booking a steamboat cruise, hitting the beach to sunbathe and swim or renting a kayak. In addition to enjoying the lake, previous visitors loved walking around the town, saying there are several quaint shops and restaurants to explore. Travelers are consistently impressed with how clean and well-maintained the area and its surroundings are.

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