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Lake George Islands visible from Up Yonda Farm

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1.) Big Burnt:
Big Burnt is the largest state-owned island, at 30 acres. Blueberries grow in abundance over the island. Big Burnt may have received its name from the practice employed by Native Americans who would ignite forest fires to clear land for agriculture. Blueberries grow very well on burned sites. 

2.) Uncas:
James Fenimore Cooper’s book, The Last of the Mohicans, has left a lasting impression on Lake George. Uncas Island bares the name of Chief Uncas, a hero from the novel. The state-owned island is six acres and contains fourteen campsites. 

3.) Turtle:
Turtle Island is a state-owned island with 33 campsites. It is very close to the western shore of the Point of Tongue Mountain, also known as Montcalm Point. The islands close proximity to land accounts for a variety of wildlife visitors; such as, raccoons, deer, even the occasional black bear or timber rattlesnake. Don’t worry! There have been no reported deaths occurring from rattlesnakes in this region. 

4.) Mohican:
Mohican is a state-owned island just east of Turtle Island. Another island deriving its name from James Fenimore Cooper’s novel. Nine campsites dot this wooded island. 

5.) Glen:
In 1885, 154 islands were included into the Lake George Forest Preserve, including Glen Island. In 1921, Glen Island was chosen to be the headquarters for the Department of Environmental Conservation. Camping and day-use permits are still issued here. 

6.) Gravelly:
Located behind Glen Island in the view from Up Yonda.

7.) Juanita:
Located behind Mohican Island in the view from Up Yonda. 

8.) Bouquet:
Located directly behind and to the right of Turtle Island in the view from Up Yonda. 

9.) Ship:
In 1992, a storm uprooted a massive 80-foot white pine tree that grew on Ship Island. The tree resembled the mast of a ship, helping to give the island its name. Since then, wind, ice, and wave erosion have taken their toll on this small state-owned island. 

10.) Ranger:
Ranger Island is named after Judge Fredrick E. Ranger and his family whom owned the island in the late 1800’s. Ranger Island is now state-owned with two campsites. 

11.) Oahu:
Oahu Island is a privately owned island at the mouth of the Narrows. It is one of 30 islands the state sold before the 1876 law that forbid the state from selling any Lake George island. Oahu is one of many names that the island has had over the years. Former names were Flore, Flea, Floa and Bellinger Island. 

12.) Fourteen Mile:
This privately owned island is actually 11 miles from Lake George Village. Its name origin is unknown and speculative. Fourteen Mile Island is very close to the eastern shore of the lake below Shelving Rock. Some refer to the narrow stretch of water between the island and the shore as Lover’s Lane. 

13.) Hen and Chicks:
Hen and Chicks Island is the only island in Lake George to ever be struck by a plane. Thankfully, nobody was hurt. No one is quite sure where the name is derived from. Maybe chickens were raised there or because there is one large island and many smaller islands around it, much like a hen with her chicks. It is part of the Lake George Forest Preserve. 

Erebus Mountain:
According to Greek Mythology, Erebus was a place of darkness on the way to Hades. Yikes! Nestled between Black Mountain and Sleeping Beauty it offers little views from its mostly wooded peak. 

Sleeping Beauty:
A wonderful 1.7 mile hike to the peak. The view form its top is Gorgeous in the Autumn as it is tucked back from the lake looking out across Shelving Rock to the west. 

Shelving Rock:
A domed rise of land with exposed rocks and cliffs. From the top one looks directly down at Fourteen Mile Island and North to the mouth of the Narrows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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