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Officials to close Log Bay in bid to stamp out party

Officials to close Log Bay in bid to stamp out party

Similar effort in 2017 largely successful
Officials to close Log Bay in bid to stamp out party
The scene at the 2013 Log Bay Day party.
Photographer: File photo

LAKE GEORGE — Log Bay and Shelving Rock Bay on Lake George will be closed to the public on Monday as police and local officials try for a second year in a row to keep the notorious Log Bay Day party from happening.

Last year’s efforts were largely successful in getting out the message that law enforcement would be cracking down on the party and drunken boating. Few boaters showed up to the bays expecting a party, and agencies with jurisdiction on the lake hope for a similar outcome this year.

“This year we are a little lower-key, because we hope people got the memo last year,” said David Wick, executive director of the Lake George Park Commission, which has jurisdiction on the lake.

The Park Commission board voted Tuesday to close off access to the bay, a move they first took last year, the first time a portion of the lake was closed to the public. Wick said over a dozen police boats also will be patrolling the lake that day.

“We are hoping people got an understanding last year that Log Bay Day was a thing of the past and isn’t going to happen again,” Wick said Wednesday.

Log Bay Day started over 20 years ago as a way for hospitality workers in the Lake George area to unwind. It became an annual tradition, but over the years devolved into an annual bash drawing hundreds of rowdy partiers bearing alcohol and illegal drugs. After a drunken boater on the way back from the party crashed into another boat and killed an 8-year-old girl in 2016, the Park Commission moved to ban the party.

Wick said he hopes over time interest in the party will dissipate entirely and the commission won’t have to close the bay off every summer. But the commission will evaluate what comes next after evaluating how efforts go this summer.

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