Thursday, June 23, 2016
Lake George island camping, Fork Island: 06/18/2016
With a perfect weather forecast last weekend, we loaded our family's boat with paddling and camping gear and headed north from Bolton Landing up into the Narrows.
We made our plans at the last minute (Saturday morning), so we had to take whatever sites were available. Plenty were available, and we chose a site on Fork Island at the north end of the Narrows. There's no such thing as a bad island campsite on Lake George, so you can't go wrong.
Since it was late afternoon, we had a simple itinerary: set up camp, get in a bit of paddle boarding and kayaking. Supper, campfire and crash.
Just before dusk a full moon came up over the mountains on the eastern shore. Actually it's 2 days before the full moon, which is the first full moon to occur on the summer solstice in 50 years, but who's counting?
The sun set as the moon rose. We lucked out with our campsite choice: we had good exposure to both the east and west for the sunset, the moonrise and sunrise.
At this time of year it doesn't really get dark until almost 9:30. It didn't take long for the kids to crash out in front of the campfire.
Sometime just before sunrise, maybe around 4am, we all awoke to loons calling back and forth. As a symbol of unspoiled wilderness, it's encouraging to see Lake George's loon population on the upswing.
With the bright sun, we were up and cooking breakfast by 7am. After a bit more paddling around the island, we packed up and headed for home.
If you go: Reserve a campsite here, but only if you are making your reservation more than 48 hours in advance. If you're camping inside the 48 hour window, you'll have to stop by the Glen Island ranger station to pick up a permit. More information is available on the DEC's website here.