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Featured in THE NEW YORK TIMES 'Escapes' section titled, 'HOUSES ON QUIET WATER: KAYAKS, CANOES AND TRANQUILITY,' we welcome you to one of the original guest houses of the Harrison G. Otis 'Beech Hill' Great Camp!
Built in the late 1920s, Camp Barkeater on Osgood Pond is a lakeside Adirondack retreat only 12 miles from Saranac Lake. The property of this former Great Camp is part of a friendly and small, year-round community. It's a perfect, old-timey setting for a romantic couple, outdoorsy family or couples vacationing together who wish to be on a low-trafficked pond where you can fish and swim from your own dock. Camp Barkeater is an old-fashioned housekeeping rental for those who choose to be on their own in the true Adirondack 'camp' tradition while enjoying some modern comforts.
Situated less than 100 ft. from the lake, the feeling of this lovely camp is airy and open. The lake view surrounds you while eating breakfast or reading on the screened porch. It follows you inside while you're preparing meals with family and friends on a large kitchen island under an old beadboard cathedral ceiling. You're in a cook's kitchen, equipped with a full-size refrigerator, stove and oven and filled with all the extras needed for anything from baking and pizza making to BBQ.
Share an afternoon picnic by the lake, relax in over-sized Adirondack chairs, read in a hammock near the water's edge or paddle around in camp's complimentary canoes or kayak. When night falls, warm yourself by the fire burning in the living room's cobblestone fireplace and listen to the loon calls. Enjoy a wide selection of books, puzzles and games or pamper yourself with a warm bath in a large, claw foot tub before retiring to a queen-size, antique brass bed. On a rainy day, watch an old gem from a large, classic video collection. And, for your convenience, Camp Barkeater comes equipped with bedding, towels and beginning paper products for your stay.
Historic Osgood Pond, located near the St. Regis Canoe Area, is a soft-bottomed and shallow pond ideal for swimming. The Pond is 16 feet deep making it warmer and more conducive to swimming than deeper, colder ponds. Go fishing from your dock - especially nice for kids and beginner fisher persons - or paddle your canoe and catch some warm-water fish (northern pike, large & small mouth bass, perch, sunfish and bullhead). You'll find easy access into Jones Pond or, more adventurously, into the legendary 'hand-dug' canals which flow into Little Osgood Pond and Church Pond. These canals were traveled by Osgood residents at the turn of the century to attend church on Sundays. Osgood Pond stretches almost 2 miles long and another 3 miles down the Osgood River where much of the shoreline is undeveloped state land.
If the woodlands call to you, walk the various trails or visit the Butterfly House at the Adirondack Visitors Center ('The VIC') just across the road. Nearby hikes include Jenkins, Debar, Floodwood, Azure and Blue Hill Mountains, all located within relative proximity to Osgood Pond. The trail head for St. Regis Mountain is roughly 3-1/2 miles down Keese Mill Road which is located just north of the entrance to Paul Smith's College. Closer to home, discover the secluded paths of the Red Dot Trail, walk the footpaths over the canals and join up with the Jack Rabbit Trail.
We hope you'll choose Camp Barkeater on Osgood Pond...it's everything you'll need to enjoy an Adirondack vacation you'll always remember!
Complimentary use of 11-1/2' Necky kayak, 17' Dagger Royalex canoe and 16' Old Town 'Carleton' fiberglass canoe.
--Bed linens, bath towels and dish towels.
--Beginning paper products.
--Bathtub and shower.
--Complimentary box of wood for fireplace. (ADDITIONAL WOOD MAY BE PURCHASED LOCALLY.)
--'Monitor' heater for cool mornings.
--Extensive book collection.
--VCR with large classic video library (no TV service), CD/cassette player, FM stereo.
--Filtered lake water for showering/dishes. Five gallon starter supply of drinking water provided.
--Paul Smiths College one mile away offers 24 hr. WiFi, a Library, a Post Office, a Bookstore and a Restaurant run by the culinary students.
--No motor boats or ATVs, please.
IF BRINGING CANOES OR KAYAKS TO CAMP, PLEASE WASH OFF WATERCRAFT TO AVOID TRANSPORTING INVASIVE SPECIES TO OSGOOD POND. THANKS!...moreless
PLEASE CALL May 22 - Oct 23, 2015 3 night min stay
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Refundable Damage Deposit$250
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LOW Season: MAY and OCTOBER -- 3 day MINIMUM.
HIGH Season: JULY and AUGUST -- Weekly Rentals ONLY.
SHOULDER Season: JUNE and SEPTEMBER -- 3-5 day MINIMUM (date dependent).
Complete Payment and Security Deposit are DUE ONE MONTH BEFORE rental period begins.
*Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
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There's also numerous activities in our little neighborhood: Easy walking and history tours can be enjoyed at White Pine Camp where President Coolidge vacationed. Paul Smiths College one mile away offers 24 hour, high-speed WiFi service, a Library, a Post Office, a Bookstore and a Restaurant run by the culinary students. And, a local Farmer's Market is held every Friday afternoon at The Vic where you'll also find art exhibits, a gift shop and seasonal concerts.
Osgood Pond is only 15 minutes from historic Saranac Lake (voted one of 12 Distinctive Destinations in the US by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2006), 30 minutes from Lake Placid restaurants, shopping and Olympic venues and 2 hours from Montreal, Canada.
About the owner: Relocated to the Adirondack Mountains 22 years ago when I chose hiking, paddling and snow shoeing as part of my daily life.
Why the Owner Chose Saranac Lake: Osgood Pond is a truly pristine Adirondack lake and restoring this historic old camp has been a labor I've loved!
The Unique Benefits at this Cabin: Many local folks treasure this special Pond and happily cooperate and volunteer to keep it free of invasive water species, a rarity in most bodies of water these days. We hope you'll join in our tradition of keeping Osgood "hitchhiker-free!"