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Hike to Dome Island

About two dozen people got a special peek at the protected Dome Island Saturday, Feb. 16 on Lake George. 

Saturday was ice out on Lake George, according to the Lake George Association.

That means Lake George was frozen this season for 81 days. Ice in was on Jan. 22. 

While this was an exciting season for ice and winter lovers, between 2000 and 2019, the lake had six years when it did not fully freeze. That's compared to only five times when it didn't fully freeze between 1950 and 2000.

The lack of ice in years past has made it difficult for some iconic Lake George events. For example, the Lake George Land Conservancy holds a Walk on Water to Dome Island, a protected, undeveloped island normally closed to the public. The land conservancy was able to host that this year because the ice was thick enough.

— Gwendolyn Craig

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Reporter Gwendolyn Craig can be reached at (518) 742-3238 or gcraig@poststar.com. Follow her on Twitter @gwendolynnn1

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