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Day Use Permits for Lake George Islands to be Sold Online

Day Use Permits for Lake George Islands to be Sold Online March 9, 2023
Photo of people with boat on Lake George.
Lake George Mirror file photo by Veronica Spann.

Day use permits for campsites and docks on Lake George’s state-owned islands may be reserved and purchased online as of this spring, the Department of Environmental Conservation has announced.

In past years, permits could be acquired only by visiting the   Rangers’ stations at Long Island, Glen Island or the Narrows group.

“Automating the sales of day use permits for the Lake George Islands is easier and faster for visitors,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “Instead of boating to an island headquarters to purchase a permit through a manual, labor intensive process, visitors can now quickly and easily book their day use permit online and spend more time enjoying the beauty of Lake George.”  

Online day use sales are expected to start May 12, seven days before the Lake George camping islands open for the season. Reservations can be booked as early as seven days in advance of arrival and as late as the very same day. Visitors will be able to see real-time availability and even book a dock while on the water. A day use permit costs $12. 

Anyone wishing to acquire a Lake George Islands day use

permit will need to do so either online through ReserveAmerica by downloading the ReserveAmerica app (search for RA Camping), or by calling the Call Center at 1-800-456-CAMP (2267). No in-person day use sales will be available at the Lake George Islands campgrounds.  

Online booking of day use will only apply to the Lake George Islands facilities. This new process will in no way change the booking of campsites at the Lake George Islands facilities, nor will it change day use sales at any other DEC campgrounds or day use areas. 

For more information on DEC-operated campgrounds, including a list of campgrounds and schedules, visit the Camping page under Recreation on DEC’s website, or call DEC’s Bureau of Recreation at 518-457-2500. To make reservations at any DEC camping facility, call ReserveAmerica at 1-800-456-CAMP (2267) or visit

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