General Information



Silver Bay YMCA on the shores of Lake George is the ideal location for your next conference, family reunion, family vacation, wedding, or team building & leadership training.  Whether you’re bringing your board of directors or a scout troop, Silver Bay has activities and programs for each member of your group. Silver Bay’s waterfront campus is 700-acres of fun within the Adirondack Park of New York State.

Silver Bay has a variety of accommodations to fit all groups’ needs and budgets, from private-bath rooms and shared-bath rooms in historic buildings to private cottages located on the periphery of the campus. 

At the heart of Silver Bay are dozens of activities for all ages, including archery, boating, crafts, music and much more. As a guest of Silver Bay YMCA, you can swim and paddle on one of the cleanest lakes in the world, hike our many groomed trails, or relax on the Inn porch in one of our famous rockers. While many people enjoy our property throughout the year, please note that a number of activities and amenities are only available during our peak summer season (late June through mid-August).

Silver Bay also offers an array of meeting spaces to fit the needs of your group; ranging from quaint enclosed pavilions and historic halls to a 700-person auditorium. As a courtesy to all conferences and groups, Silver Bay provides standard audio/visual as well as conferencing equipment and set up at no additional charge.

Silver Bay YMCA does not sell information about our guests to any third-party. Your information is used by Silver Bay YMCA only.



Silver Bay is designed for enjoying the beauty of Lake George and the Adirondack Mountains, rest, relaxation and reconnecting with friends and family. In order to maintain a tranquil atmosphere, rooms are not equipped with phones or televisions. Cancellation penalties may apply. Please see our Reservations page for more information.

Check In: Starts at 4:00 p.m. at the front desk located in the Inn
Check Out: By 10:00 a.m. at the front desk located in the Inn

For more information about our Accommodations, click here.


We offer beer and wine receptions in select locations on campus by application only. A Silver Bay catered menu item must be served at the event. The alcohol is provided by Silver Bay and served by a member of the Silver Bay staff. Bottled beer, wine and champagne only.

Contact the Conference Services staff for more information about how you can incorporate beer and wine into your conference, wedding, family reunion or other special event at Silver Bay.

For guests lodging on-site, a complete copy of Silver Bay’s alcohol policy may be viewed at the Front Desk or online here.


At check-in each guest listed on your reservation will receive a badge that must be worn while on campus. This badge is used for admission to program areas and to the dining hall if your reservation includes meals.


Bag lunches are great for hiking days, Silver Camp lunches, or for your road-trip on departure day. Bag lunches can be ordered at the Front Desk during our off-season or at the Concierge Desk during the Summer season no later than 1:00 p.m. the day before it is needed.


See our forms section for a boat slip application.


  • Cancellations up to 31 days prior to arrival will receive a refund in the amount of your deposit minus one night’s stay.
  • Cancellations 0-30 days prior to arrival; 100% of the deposit will be non-refundable.

Please Note: No billing adjustments will be made to reservation changes, due to late arrival and/or early departures. Guests who fail to cancel their reservations prior to arrival date will forfeit all deposits. 


  • All reservations require a 50% deposit at the time of booking. 
  • Full payment is due 4 weeks prior to your arrival. 


Meals are included in the rates for guests staying on the Silver Bay Campus unless otherwise indicated or arranged. We offer delicious, well-balanced, buffet-style meals for our guests served in our Dining Hall. 


The use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), including, but not limited to, drones and radio-controlled aircraft and devices, in airspace above Silver Bay YMCA requires advance written approval. Silver Bay YMCA places the highest priority on the privacy and safety of guests and staff, as well as avoiding disruption and maintaining tranquility throughout the property. To this end, personal drone use is not permitted on property or in the airspace above Silver Bay YMCA. For catering, conference and wedding events contracted on property, professional vendors may request Silver Bay YMCA’s advance written permission for drone photography and filming exclusively within the contracted event venue. For more information, please contact our Marketing team.


Located in Fisher Gymnasium, the Fitness Center offers the freedom of individual workouts for those who are ages 16 and up.

The cardio equipment includes Precor treadmills, elliptical, and exercise bikes. The strength training includes free weights and Precor equipment. During the summer, the Fitness Center is staffed with professionally trained individuals.

During the shoulder seasons, registered guests ages 18 and over are given a key to the Fitness Center. Please contact the Program Department for more information.


During the summer season a health care professional is on call 24 hours/day, 7 days/week for first aid and emergencies. Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian with a signed consent for their treatment.


The Gift Shop, located in William Boyd Center, has a beautiful array of Silver Bay mementos, t-shirts and sweatshirts, toys, books, decorative home items, handcrafted jewelry, clothing, and more! For hours please see THE BREEZE or look for the sign on the door.


There is a coin operated laundry room available to all guests located on the lower level of the Administration building.


For Leadership & Teambuilding program rates, group rates, or for additional information please feel free to contact the Conference & Sales office today at 518-543-8833 extension 345.


For the summer season (June 25 – August 20) meal times are as follows:

  • Continental Breakfast – 7:00AM – 7:30AM
  • Hot Breakfast – 7:30AM – 9:00AM
  • Lunch – 11:30AM – 1:00PM
  • Dinner – 5:30PM – 7:00PM


Silver Bay YMCA is part of the national and international YMCA Movement. We subscribe to the principles of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Our Silver Bay mission is to foster a lifelong sense of belonging, strengthen relationships, and nurture spirit, mind, and body for all.

The Silver Bay YMCA is a non-profit, charitable organization comprised of and governed by its program pass holders. Program participation at Silver Bay YMCA represents not only an acknowledgment of our mission, principles and structure; it also demonstrates a willingness to personally endorse and encourage them. All who come to Silver Bay YMCA are required to be a program pass holder or registered program participant. Silver Bay YMCA expects its guests to respect other program participants, guests, staff and the Silver Bay YMCA property, and to comply with policies and practices established for the Silver Bay YMCA community. Program participants and/or groups who fail to adhere to requirements, policies and practices (which include adherence to all local, state and national laws) or whose behavior does not adhere to the Mission of the Silver Bay YMCA may be asked to leave Silver Bay YMCA without compensation and may have their membership and program privileges terminated.

Determinations regarding program participation status are at the sole discretion of management and subject to change without notice. A condition of the program participation is the awareness and understanding of the Silver Bay YMCA Mission, values, practices and policies. However, no statement, regardless of how well written it is, will encompass all that is deemed unacceptable in our community. If program participants have questions or concerns, management will promptly respond. We appreciate your understanding and hope that together, we can make every experience at Silver Bay YMCA a positive one.  Additional details about program participation including a complete list of program fees, are available on our website or at the front desk.


When you arrive on-campus please proceed to the front desk to check-in, pick-up your badge and obtain a parking tag.

For those staying in cottages, Spruce Mountain Lodge, Paine Hall, Trinity House and Brookside Community House, your parking is next to/nearby your accommodation. The remaining guests are invited to unload/load at their accommodation, where there is designated parking for a maximum of 15 minutes. After unloading please park in the new main lot located at the end of the service road, near 9N.

For our off-campus guests there are several designated day-use lots located at Archery, the Children’s Pavilion, the Ice Cream Store, the Tennis Backboard and Fisher Gym. If those areas are full, you are invited to utilize our new main lot parking area.

Handicap parking spaces are located across campus from Slim Point to Archery, behind the Dining Hall and also in the new main parking area. For those who have a physical limitation and/or during inclement weather, a shuttle service will be available for transport. Please let a staff person know and they will arrange for a pick-up.

Please do not parallel park on the service road, in the Inn Circle, or any other spot that is not designated for guest parking.


Plan your stay by visiting our website to become familiar with all that Silver Bay has to offer. Please note there are some programs that require registration and additional fees. You are welcome to sign up prior to your arrival for these programs. A schedule of program hours and activities can be found in The Breeze. Our program guide is available at the Front Desk, Concierge, or on our website.


Due to the limitations of cell phone use in the area, phones are located in the Inn lobby and on the front porch which can be used with a calling card or credit card. If a family member needs to reach you, our number is 518-543-8833, press 8.  A message will be taken and can be retrieved at the Front Desk. 


For those guests who wish to stay a little more connected, we have wireless internet access across most of the campus.


Silver Bay YMCA has a restricted smoking policy. Smoking of any kind is not allowed in any buildings, including guest rooms, meeting rooms and/or porches of any buildings. A charge of $300.00 may be charged to the credit card on file to cover damage/cleaning fees if you violate this policy. 

All public areas including beaches, unless posted otherwise, are deemed a no smoking area. Smoking tobacco is ONLY permitted in the designated smoking area (e.g. near the flagpole). As allowed by law in New York, Silver Bay YMCA has a strict no marijuana policy that forbids the possession, use and/or consumption of marijuana anywhere on our properties, in our facilities, or during participation in our programming.


Visitors are welcome to purchase a daily program pass to enjoy the Silver Bay campus. Passes are purchased at the Front Desk during the off-season and at the Concierge Desk in the William Boyd Center during the Summer season.


Vending machines are located on the 1st floor of the Inn, near the locker rooms in Fisher Gymnasium and at the guest laundry room.

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