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Hague Town Beach – Andrew Alberti

Two of the most dramatic cliffs on Lake George bracket the Town of Hague. Deer Leap on Tongue Mountain marks the southern boundary; Rogers Rock the north. In between, mountains rise steeply from the lake, leaving only a few patches of gently sloping ground.

A series of hamlets occupy these footholds. Furthest south is Sabbath Day Point, which Theodore Dwight described in his guidebook, The Northern Traveller (1825) as offering one of the three best views on Lake George. Further north, Silver Bay is home to the Silver Bay Association YMCA Conference center whose substantial hotel dates back to the turn of the 20th century. Hague Center sits on the meager delta formed by Hague Brook, whose course offered the best route for a road to bring ore from the graphite mines in the western part of town.

Since the mines closed in 1927, Hague has concentrated on welcoming summer vacationers. The first farmhouse inns gave way to substantial hotels and finally to motels and summer cottages. The broad expanse of Lake George's North Basin has plenty of room for boat races, which started in 1880 with the Hague Rowing Club, and continue with the North Lake George Yacht Club's sailing regattas. Summer visitors fill the air with the sound of watersport. Winter visitors are a quiet lot, for they are thousands of sleeping bats, cozy in their hibernaculum in the old graphite mines.