Stephanie Fitzgerald and Dylan Till went to Log Bay Day last year — by accident.
The Glenville couple hiked through the woods with their dogs to get there, but they didn’t stay long.
“It was crazy,” said Fitzgerald, 25. “We couldn’t even get in the water because there were so many boats around.”
On Monday, they returned with their dogs to the shallow waters near Shelving Rock Road to find a different scene.
The only boat in Shelving Rock Bay — the area next to Log Bay where the annual party had migrated over the years — belonged to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were using the boat for dive training exercises while also retrieving debris from the water.
“It’s very calm,” said Fitzgerald, whose family had a camp on nearby Buttermilk Falls Road when she was young.
Calm is what local law enforcement and parks officials — who were out in full force Monday — wanted.
Log Bay Day was started two decades ago by about 20 hospitality workers looking to unwind, but the gathering had grown to accommodate hundreds of partiers. It was formally banned last week following the death last summer of 8-year-old Charlotte McCue.
McCue was killed the night of July 25, 2016, when Alexander West drove his powerboat into an antique Gar Wood driven by McCue’s grandfather. West, of Lake George, had spent the day drinking and doing drugs at Log Bay Day, according to trial testimony. He was sentenced in June to five to 15 years in state prison for second-degree manslaughter.
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