Where is Lake George?
Wondering where is Lake George? The small village of Lake George is located in the middle of the Adirondacks, on the Highway 87, on the shore of one of the biggest lake in the USA.
Located 2.5 hours south of Montreal and less than 4 hours north of New York, it's ideal for a quick weekend getaway! Getting there is very easy. Once on the i87, it's a straight line to Lake George. If you're coming from Canada, don't forget your passport to get through the border.
Albany to Lake George
From Albany, it will take you about 60 minutes to reach Lake George
- If you are downtown Albany, take the I-90 West
- Keep the right two lanes to merge on I-87 North
- Continue for about an hour and take exit 22 to Lake George
- Then turn right toward Lake George Village!
Montreal to Lake George
From downtown Montreal, it will take you around 45 to 60 minutes to reach the USA border and then another 1.5 to 2 hours to Lake George.
- Take the Champlain bridge toward the south shore and then the 15 south toward New York / La Prairie.
- Follow highway 15 to the St-Bernard-de-Lacolle custom office. Note that on busy weekends or holidays, it may take you a while to cross the border.
- Once in the United States, follow the i87 south for a little less than 2 hours until you reach exit #22.
- Then left toward Lake George Village!
Waiting time at the border
The Canada / USA border is very busy during holidays. During those times, expect to wait at least an hour, sometimes much more. The worst I've seen is 4 hours of waiting time. I strongly suggest you check the current delays at the border on the Canadian or American border control websites.
- Canadian / USA Border waiting time - Canadian website (look for St-Bernard-de-Lacolle)
- Canadian / USA Border waiting time - USA website
Montreal to Lake George - Speed limit
Highway Speed limit in Quebec is 100 km/h (62 MPH). It is good to know that police in Quebec tend to be more permissive than in their American colleagues.
You should not get pulled over by the police in the province of Quebec if you are going slower than 120 km/h (74 MPH).
In New York State, limits on the highways are normally 65 MPH and you normally won't get pulled over if you are under 72 MPH. Obviously, I always recommend to be safe in your travels and to follow speed limits!
Alternate routes from Montreal to Lake George
If it's not your first time on the i87 from Montreal to Lake George, you may want to try the 9N instead of the i87 when you arrive near Elizabethtown (exit 31 on the i87). Click here for directions - Montreal to Lake George by the 9N