Last Great Shoreline
351 acres, 2,357 feet of lake shoreline in the Town of Putnam
On February 27, 2009 the Lake George Land Conservancy ended nearly two
decades of negotiations when it closed on the Gabriel land, known as the Last
Great Shoreline project. With this great acquisition LGLC also took a leap into
debt in order to finance the purchase. The cost of the land was $4 million with
another $300,000 of project expenses - the largest dollar purchase in LGLC
LGLC's purchase of the Last Great Shoreline
project, located in the Town of Putnam, Washington County, was a crucial step in
the protection of the Lake George watershed. 351 acres and 2,357 feet of
shoreline were acquired as a preserve, and 70 acres and 1,613 feet remain in
private ownership that is now protected by a deed restriction. LGLC has already
built over a mile of trails to lead hikers through a diversity of ecological
systems, from the Sucker Brook wetlands, to the lichen covered rocks on the
eastern shore of Lake George.
The land contains approximately thirty-five acres of wetlands (reportedly
including a rare white cedar swamp) which provide important food and breeding
sites for amphibians, birds and mammals. These Sucker Brook wetlands provide a
natural filtration system, contributing to the pristine water quality of Lake
George. In addition, the legendary Jumping Rock, rising approximately 30 feet
above the lake, is situated on the northern shore and will be preserved forever
as an LGLC preserve.
The Lake George Land Conservancy has established two trails at the Last Great
Shoreline Preserve: the blue trail and the red, Andia-ta-roc-te Trail.
Please see the trail guide at right for a map and additional details.
Starting at an elevation of 552 feet, the blue trail leads from the kiosk
approximately 1.08 miles southwest through the preserve. The blue trail
terminates at an elevation of roughly 439 feet at a scenic overlook that
provides a west-facing view of Lake George (please note that at this time the
view is somewhat inhibited by vegetation growth). If conditions are right you
may also catch glimpses of Anthony’s Nose and record hill towards the north. The
blue trail is an easy trail to navigate that undulates gently across landscape
with minimal elevation change.
The Andia-ta-roc-te Trail is demarcated by red markers and is an off-shoot of
the blue trail. The red trail starts at an elevation of approximately 571 feet,
leaving the blue trail roughly 700 feet from its start at the kiosk. After
heading east a short distance to an opening overlooking Sucker Brook and
mountains to the east, the red trail turns south heading along the upper edge of
the Sucker Brook valley. The red trail is an easy trail, only about 0.35 miles
in length. After turning west it reconnects with the blue trail at an elevation
of 626 feet.