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“DOG BEACH (down from the Million Dollar)”

Million Dollar Beach
Ranked #5 of 51 things to do in Lake George
Certificate of Excellence
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Schenectady, New York
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“DOG BEACH (down from the Million Dollar)”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

yes...this review is a bit misleading. i never go to the million dollar because A, it is always crowded, and B, i refuse to be confined to roped off swim areas. this review is for the beach the locals refer to as the 'dog beach'...a phrase i myself coined before it became known as. moving on.....
the million dollar itself is a nice beach..sprawling areas of sand, shallow water, bathroom facilities and a snack bar. but as i said, i never come here. if you want to save yourself the parking fee, and have fido in hand (or leash), check out the dog beach. the dog beach feeds right into the million dollar but without any ropes...facilities or lifeguards. swim at your own risk! infact, there are three signs in the water warning against bathing and wading. however, when you see the at times more than 100 people enjoying the lake it is one of those instances where the authorities take a blind eye to. the beach was indeed adopted from the folks at the dog cabin so probably because of that, the town allows bathers to enjoy the water. however..this beach is not without its faults. for one, when it gets busy, it can get real obnoxious. most people love dogs, but when you have an abundance, again, it can get very annoying, especially with irresponsible owners. i've rarely seen anything to cause reason for much concern but it's not uncommon to find a dog relieving itself somewhere on the lake..and luckily, most of these owners are quick to pick it up. the best part of this beach is the sand and swimming...it boasts some of the smoothest sand (in the water) at the lake, and it stays shallow for a good 100 feet out or more. it is by far the best swimming beach in lake george, save for private beache's. the other obnoxious thing is it can attract some trashy people who feel they don't need to pick up after themselves. lake george, please, supply trash recepticles and maybe these losers will have the mindset to use them instead of just littering. also, bugs can be a mjor issue. without fail, i am under attack from biting flies who must be in the guiness book of world records of most annoying pests. best time to get here is between 9-11 am..stretching to noon. the beach is usually very peaceful and relaxing. once the hoardes show up...whatever your tolerance for crowds are will determine how long you stay. if you opt to spend your day basking in the sun at the million dollar, just be advised that, if you want to be near the swim area, there will be 100s of other people around you...and don't think about swimming in the non designated areas unless you want some 16 year old lifeguard blowing a whistle at you

Visited August 2013
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English first
Shelton, Connecticut
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25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Very pretty”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

The water was absolutely beautiful - crystal clear and nice and cool. The beach was crowded but not unbearable. Smaller than I thought it would be, but you park for $10 and you can walk around - so I'd suggest going here.

Visited July 2013
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New York
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3 reviews
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“The water was calm and just nice....”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

We are so used to salt water beaches. This is a really nice beach. I was in the water from the morning until probably pass lunch time, my skin was not irritated at all. My 2 children were having a blast in the sand and just dipping in the water. Great family spot!

Visited July 2013
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Ottawa, Ontario Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Nice beach”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

Fun beach. Bring water shoes just for the beginning part as there may be twigs in the water etc and my little boys don't like to feel it on their feet . Ten feet in and the water is shallow, warm and sand is beautiful. Bring an umbrella, beach chairs, cooler and sand toys.

Visited July 2013
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Ellington, Connecticut
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5 reviews
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“Great Beach”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

Beach was clean and family friendly. Had a BBQ in the picnic area. During summer months, get there early for parking. Bathroom facilities make the trip to the beach easier with children.

Visited June 2013
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