Lake George is a long, narrow lake located at the southeast base of the Adirondack Mountains, in the northeastern portion of the state of New York. It lies within the upper region of the Great Appalachian Valley and drains northward into Lake Champlain and the St. Lawrence River drainage basin. The lake is situated along the historical natural path between the valley of the Hudson River and that of the St. Lawrence, so lies on the direct land route between Albany, New York and Montreal, Canada. The lake extends about 32.2 mi on a north-south axis, is quite deep, and varies from 1 to 3 miles in width. Although the year-round population of the Lake George region is relatively small, the summertime population can swell to over 50,000 residents, especially in the Village of Lake George region at the southern end of the lake.