Resolution passed banning Log Bay Day party on Lake George

July 25, 2017 06:22 PM

LAKE GEORGE - It had been a thorn in the side of law enforcement for years. Each year, on the last Monday of July, the problems grew at the boating booze fest known as Log Bay Day. Hundreds of people on hundreds of boats, dropping anchor and using Shelving Rock and Log Bays as party central.

"They're drinking all day. There's no bathrooms up there. They're going to the bathroom in the water," said Sheriff Bud York. "Log Bay Day has no redeeming social value whatsoever."

And there was an increasing number of arrests and injuries. None worse than last year.

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Alex West, a man who had spent the day drinking and drugging at Log Bay Day, crashed his boat into another as he drove south, killing 8-year-old Charlotte McCue. The child's death was the final straw.

The Lake George Park Commission, the state agency in charge of the lake, met in Hague Tuesday to pass a resolution saying no boats will be allowed into Shelving Rock and Log Bays next Monday.

"There will be no more Log Bay Day, said Dave Wick, executive director of the park commission. "We encourage you to not come up, or come up and have fun, but you're not going to be out there as a big party on Log Bay."

Wick says a fleet of police boats will form a barrier around the bays to keep boaters out.

And parking won't be allowed on the road in Fort Ann where party-goers typically walk in to meet up with those arriving by boat.

The date the new policy becomes official is not lost on Wick or Sheriff York. It was July 25, 2016, one year ago Tuesday, that little Charlotte was killed by Alex West, after he had left Log Bay.

"I think it's very fitting that we had this meeting today to put a cap on it and put an end to it," Wick said.

York says the county dive unit also plans a training exercise in the closed bays on Monday.

Charlotte McCue's death also inspired a new campaign discouraging impaired boating and featuring a poster of the little girl jumping into the lake from a boathouse, with the words, "Keep childhood dreams alive."

More information:

Full resolution banning Log Bay Day


Mark Mulholland

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