Patrols enforce Log Bay Day ban on Lake George

July 31, 2017 06:00 PM

BOLTON - This year, Log Bay Day never got off the dock. The party had gotten out of hand, police say. Too many boats, too many people doing too many illegal things.

"People partying doing drugs and alcohol and playing in the lake. Dirtying our lake," said Warren County Sheriff Bud York.

So the party's over. The Lake George Park Commission, the state agency in charge of the lake, voted last week to authorize officers to keep boats out of Shelving Rock and Log bays on this, the last Monday in July.

"It is history. One way or another we'll make sure it doesn't come back," said Lt. Joe Johns of the Lake George Park Commission who has patrolled 17 Log Bay Days.

Johns' boat was one of 17 police vessels in all on Monday, plus state police aircraft above to see if the party was being taken elsewhere.

It wasn't.

"Everybody has heard that message and complied," said Dave Wick, executive director of the Lake George Park Commission. "We've had only one person show up expecting it to be Log Bay Day and they were turned away."

Police say when they weren't keeping boats out of the bays, they were patrolling elsewhere, looking for intoxicated drivers.

It's part of a new effort to crack down on BWI, inspired in part by what happened last Log Bay Day, when 8-year-old Charlotte McCue was killed by a boater who'd spent the day at the party.

"It's gotten to the point where there are too many people drinking and taking drugs out here. We're going to change that," said York.

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Mark Mulholland

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