• Fun Facts

    Here are some fun and educational facts and information about the Lake George/ Adirondack Region and New York State. Find out about the formation of Lake George, the size of The Adirondacks, the U.S. Presidents that once visited this area, the underwater museum of historic shipwrecks at the bottom of Lake George, and New York State symbols. Get together with your friends and family and share these little tid-bits with them.

     

    Did You Know?

    …that Lake George was formed about 10,000 years ago when a melting glacier blocked two rivers. The water from the two river rose and created Lake George.

    … that There are 186 islands in Lake George. You can go camping on 50 of these islands.

    … that Lake George flows south to north. That means, the water travels from Lake George Village (southern end) to Ticonderoga (northern end), which becomes the Lachute River, and then drops around 215 feet into Lake Champlain.

    … that Lake George is quite large. It is 32 miles long, 200 feet deep (maximum depth), and 4 miles wide (maximum width).

    … that 20% of the water in Lake George is from underground springs, and it takes 8 years to exchange its volume of water.

    … that the Adirondack Park is 6 million acres in size. It is the largest park in the United States! That means, this one park is larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Everglades, Great Smoky National Park, and the Grand Canyon put together.

    … that the Adirondack Mountains are among the oldest mountain rages in the world. Before the glaciers wore them down during the Ice Age, they were  higher than the Rocky Mountains.

    … that In 1783, George Washington (the 1st President of the United States) and in 1791, Thomas Jefferson (the 3rd President of the United States) vacationed in Lake George. They enjoyed the pure, sparkling waters of the lake and the beautiful surrounding mountains. Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to his daughter explaining how Lake George is, without comparison, the most beautiful water has had ever saw. Click here to read this letter.

    … that Theodore Roosevelt learned that he became the 26th President of the United States at the North Creek Railroad Station, here in the Adirondacks. As Vice President, he was vacationing in the Adirondack Region. While he climbed Mount Marcy, one of the Adirondack’sHigh Peaks, he learned that the 25th President of the United States, William McKinely, had been shot. After rushing over 40 miles of dirt roads by horse and buggy to the North Creek Railroad Station, he learned that McKinley died and that he was now President. This buggy that Roosevelt traveled in is located at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake.

    … that there are historic shipwrecks at the bottom of Lake George, along with other archaeological finds. The Submerged Heritage Preserve Program provides access to this underwater museum.

    … that  Bateaux Below (the underwater archaeology and historic preservation group who find and study these historic shipwrecks) have spent the last 22 years studying them and created programs to maintain their historic finding. Many of the historic shipwrecks are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Click here to find out more about Lake George’s underwater historic shipwrecks.

    … that Bateaux Below were featured by PBS for their award-winning documentary on finding one of these shipwrecks. Called “The Lost Radeau:  North America’s Oldest Intact Warship,” this video featured a 52 foot Land Tortoise Radeau from the French and Indian War (1755-1763) that was sunk in 100 feet of water in Lake George by British forces in 1758 to protect it over the winter from the French raiders.

    … that on July 29,2009, First Lady Michelle Obama and the White House presented Bateaux Below with the “Preserve America Steward” award for their great efforts in caring for historic resources in Lake George. Click here for more information on the White Recognition for the Bateaux Below group.


     

    New York State Symbols

    •  NY State Fruit:  Apple

    •  NY State Tree:  Sugar Maple

    •  NY State Flower:  Rose

    •  NY State Bird:  Bluebird

    •  NY State Insect:  Ladybug

    •  NY State Animal:  Beaver

    •  NY State Reptile:  Snapping Turtle

    •  NY State Freshwater Fish:  Brook Trout

    •  NY State Gem:  Garnet

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