Peekskill Man falls from Lake George Waterfall and dies

A Peekskill man died after falling from a cliff on Thursday.

New York State Police said they were called to Shelving Rock Falls around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022 to a report of a man who appeared to be dead.

“Lake George, NY, USA” Photo credit: Clay Banks @claybanks on Unsplash

“Lake George, NY, USA” Photo credit: Clay Banks @claybanks on Unsplash

Shelving Rock Falls is a waterfall located in the wilderness of Lake George. The Lake George Wilderness is located in the southeastern portion of the Adirondack Park and encompasses parts of Warren, Washington, and Essex counties.

Shelves Rock Falls Photo credit: Google Maps 2022

Shelves Rock Falls Photo credit: Google Maps 2022

Hikers called police after seeing the man at the bottom of the cliff near the falls in the town of Fort Ann.

the The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation describes the Shelving Rock area as “a portion of wilderness forest on the east shore of Lake George. The area includes primitive campsites along Shelving Rock and Dacy Clearing Roads and a day-use area that extends along Shelving Rock Creek to the Shelving Rock Bay on Lake George.”

Shelving Rock Area of ​​Lake George Wild Forest East Map Credit: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 2022
Shelving Rock Area of ​​Lake George Wild Forest East Map Credit: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 2022

Soldiers say they located the man when they arrived. He is identified as Timothy J. Gillen, 55, of Peekskill.

The NYSP says that, based on their preliminary investigation, it appears Gillen died directly from the fall.

Police said that although no outward signs of foul play were observed, the incident is still under investigation.

Anyone with information that could be useful to the investigation is asked to call the police.

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