Clark Hollow Bay

Announcing the Beaty Family Challenge

Double your impact with a gift today! The Beaty Family has offered a Challenge gift of $325,000 to provide a dollar-for-dollar match for donations to the Clark Hollow Bay project!

The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) is excited to announce a new matching challenge of $325,000 in support of its Clark Hollow Bay project, presented by the Beaty Family. The generous challenge will enable the LGLC to make huge strides towards completing the $5 million project, which is expected to close in June.

The Beaty Family Challenge is being gifted in memory of James (Jim) Beaty by his two brothers, wife, son and a cousin. The Beatys’ love of Lake George’s pristine beauty began generations ago when Jim’s grandfather, Dr. Albert Corscaden, bought a piece of land in Hague and built a house there in 1914. The family has supported the LGLC and its efforts to preserve Lake George since its inception in 1988.

In 2011 the family underwrote the installation of an entry gate to Peggy’s Point in Hague in memory of their mother, Julia Beaty. The Challenge now offered in memory of Jim Beaty is another testament to their family’s dedication to the Lake and investment in its future.

Once completed, the Clark Hollow Bay project will permanently protect 60 acres in Putnam with 2,530 feet of shoreline and 1,300 feet of streams that feed Lake George, protecting water quality by buffering the lake from its uplands.

This adds to past efforts by the LGLC and partners that protected 1,014 acres of land and 2.6 miles of Lake George’s northeastern shoreline in the 1990’s. The Clark Hollow Bay property fills a gap, creating a continuous stretch of more than three miles of protected Lake shoreline. The contiguous block of forested land will also provide greater support of a wide range of wildlife, including the timber rattlesnake, which is legally protected as a threatened species in New York State.

LGLC Executive Director Michael Horn said, “We are proud to partner with the Beaty family in honoring Jim Beaty through the lasting impact of permanent land protection. Meeting the incredibly generous Beaty Family Challenge will complete our fundraising for the Clark Hollow Bay project, a perfect example of protecting land that protects the Lake.”

To be included in the Beaty Family Challenge, donations may be made in the form of pledges, cash, or through gifts of stock, IRA, or Donor Advised Funds. Questions and comments may be directed to Helen Barton Benedict, LGLC’s development manager, at 518-644-9673 or

Town of Putnam

Between 1990 and 1998, the LGLC worked with partners to protect a total of 1,014 acres of land and 2.6 miles of Lake George’s northeastern shoreline­ made possible thanks to the generosity of the Rowan family and many other families and individual conservation heroes.

This Northeastern Shoreline Initiative continues today with an exciting opportunity to protect another 60 acres of land critical to the protection of Lake George. Please join us in building upon this legacy and honoring these past conservation heroes. Make a donation to the Clark Hollow Bay Project today!

Value Beyond the Shore

In addition to its critical shoreline protection, the Clark Hollow Bay project will safeguard 1,300 feet of stream corridor that leads directly into Lake George, and ensure permanent protection of documented habitat of the NY threatened timber rattlesnake.

Similar to the adjacent protected land, the 60 acres that the LGLC is currently seeking to protect can be viewed directly by residents of Silver Bay, Hague, Sabbath Day Point, and boaters heading to points north.

The land has been approved for a seven-lot subdivision: seven homes with on-site septic, and three boat houses are permitted to be built upon the seven lots.

While the LGLC is not against development, it is in everyone’s best interest to avoid development in sensitive areas such as this. The steep, rocky slopes and delicate shoreline are highly susceptible to erosion, and proposed septic systems would be placed near the lake. Development would inevitably affect the water quality of Lake George, as well as impact its viewshed and wildlife habitat.

The total project costs will be five million dollars ($5,000,000).  The LGLC was awarded a grant of $3,762,800 through the New York State Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) program for the Clark Hollow Bay Project! This is a great testament to the value of this great project, but we need your help to raise the remaining funds needed to complete the purchase in 2022. Donate today and help us finish this great conservation effort!

Our sincere gratitude goes to the following volunteers on the Clark Hollow Bay Fundraising Committee: Jeff Brozyna (Chair), Sheryl Arenholtz, Ed Becker DVM, Michael Barrett, Paul Bell, Elizabeth Guest, Judy Larter, Paul Lawler, Virginia Rowan Smith, Robert Von Werne, Ruth Walters, and Ike Wolgin.

If you would like to learn more about this initiative, or help us to raise the needed funds, please contact Helen at 518-644-9673 or to arrange a private meeting.