Northeastern Shoreline Initiative

Town of Putnam

On July 10, 1999, the LGLC dedicated the Margaret Boyd Rowan Preserve at an event on Slim Point, part of the Silver Bay YMCA campus. A three-foot long plaque was unveiled, memorializing the Preserve that can be seen directly across the lake from Silver Bay.

This event was the culmination of nine years of conservation work in the northeast region of Lake George, from Bluff Head in Dresden, to Lamb Shanty Bay in Putnam. Working in partnership with The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter and the Adirondack Land Trust, the Silver Bay YMCA (then Silver Bay Association), and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the LGLC helped to protect a total of 1,014 acres of land and 2.6 miles of Lake George shoreline — an investment total of $4.2M.

Thanks to the efforts of Hank Rowan, the Rowan family and many others from the community, enough was raised to protect these important lands, that were ultimately sold to the State and protected forever.

Progress

2022

More than 30 years since our first efforts to protect lands in this region, we now have an opportunity to bring the community together again for the same important purpose of protecting a large piece of unspoiled and pristine shoreline to protect Lake George. This current project will be a fitting “bookend” to build on the work that was done by those dedicated conservationists who worked so hard to bring everyone together years ago for this important work.

The current project to protect the Clark Hollow Bay property will forever protect another 60 acres and 2,530 feet of shoreline, and will effectively link the previously disconnected protected lands. Learn More About Clark Hollow Bay

1990’s

The first protection project in Lake George’s northeast region was completed in 1990. This 168-acre property, later known as the Margaret Boyd Rowan Preserve, includes 4,470 feet of shoreline, and sits in the middle of what would become the Northeastern Shoreline Initiative. This property was transferred to New York State in 1994, and dedicated in 1999.

In 1993, two more properties were protected: the 480-acre Lamb Shanty Bay Upland, and 8-acre Racket Point Shoreline. Lamb Shanty Bay Upland continues to be held in private ownership, protected by deed covenants and restrictions. Racket Point Shoreline was transferred to New York State.

In 1997, the 300-acre Northeast Shoreline property was purchased and transferred to New York State, protecting 6,645 feet of lake shoreline.

The last piece protected in the 90’s was the 60-acre Lamb Shanty Bay Shoreline, which includes 2,530 feet of shoreline, and shares its northern border with the Clark Hollow Bay property. This property was purchased in 1998 and transferred to New York State in 1999.