About the property
- Cabin2000 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay0 - 7 nights
Main House and Cabins on Chair Rock Flow
**We still have one week open: June 23-June 30, 2018**
Starkey's Point is a private and secluded camp on Cranberry Lake in New York's Adirondack Park. The camp is on the edge of the Five Ponds Wilderness, a six-mile boat ride from the nearest road. The camp's location is not mapped accurately by this website; please see the location map in the photo gallery to see where Starkey's Point is located on Cranberry Lake.
Starkey's Point can comfortably sleep eight guests in a two-story main house and two detached sleeping cabins. The camp also has a wood-fired hot tub, a thirty-foot dock for boating and swimming, two canoes with paddles and life jackets, and a two-bay boathouse. There is solar power for lights in all the buildings, but no running water, TV, or phone line.
The camp is on a finger of land with water on three sides, and the main house has water views in two directions. The main house features a great room with a vaulted ceiling of peeled log beams, wide-plank floors, and a stone fireplace. Wide covered porches on the north and south sides of the house overlook the lake in both directions. Woodstoves upstairs and downstairs take the chill out of cool mornings. The main house has two bedrooms, one upstairs and one down, each with a double bed. The kitchen has a full-size propane range and cooktop and a propane refrigerator and freezer. There is a Weber propane grill for guests' use.
Marcy cabin is just steps from the main house through the hemlock and birch trees. Marcy is an airy one-room cabin of rough-sawn lumber with large french doors and gable-end windows that look out towards the lake on the north and a grassy glade on the south. Screened windows on the east and west walls allow a cooling cross-breeze . The cabin has one double and one twin bed.
Skylight cabin is a short walk from the main house and so is more secluded. It is a small, light-filled log-style cabin on the south side of the property with large, decorative gable-end windows. French doors open onto a small covered porch and graveled garden, beyond which is a sheltered cove of the lake. The cabin, with one double bed, is peaceful and private and out of sight of the main house and Marcy.
The grassy glade at the center of the property has a tall rope swing and a children's play house built in the camp's rustic style. The wide main dock gets morning and afternoon sun and is wonderful place to watch sunsets and the stars. There is a swim ladder at the end of the dock and plenty of room to spread towels and chairs. The outdoor wood-fired hot tub sits on a small deck with a screened view of the lake and Picnic Island to the south. Plenty of split firewood is provided with the rental.
Our off-the-grid camp has no indoor running water, but a comfortable outhouse. Water is a short and level carry from the lake to the kitchen at the main house. We provide a supply of fresh drinking water with each rental (15 to 20 gallons), and the lake water can be boiled or filtered for cooking. Power for lights and electric outlets in the main house and cabins is provided by a small solar system with battery backup, but please limit use to lighting and charging personal electronics. There is reliable AT&T 4g cell phone service at the camp; Verizon users may only have service on the lake.
Guests supply their own linens. Each bed has a 6-inch foam mattress, pillows, and comforters and blankets for cool nights. Mattresses and pillows have protective covers. The kitchen is well-stocked with cutlery and dishes for groups of eight and an assortment of cooking utensils, pots and pans, and cast-iron skillets.
Minimum stay is 7 nights with changeover on Saturday. Check-in is 3p Saturday and check-out is the following Saturday morning by 10a. We require a refundable $250 security deposit and will deduct costs of trash removal from the deposit if any trash is left behind. The camp should be swept clean, all dishes washed and put away, and all garbage must taken with you.
Roughly half of our guests bring their own boats, which can be launched at the state-run public boat launch on Columbian Road in the village of Cranberry Lake. There is public parking near the boat launch for cars, trucks, and boat trailers. Other guests use the friendly and reliable water taxi service offered by Bill Smith of the Cranberry Lake Dry Dock and Marine Services, or rent a boat from the Campers Village and Lakeside General Store, both in the village of Cranberry Lake. Please ask us for details, or contact these businesses directly through their websites. Please make all rental or water taxi arrangements in advance of your visit.
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- Calendar last updated:
- Feb 05, 2018
Aaron and Tammy are your caretakers. They love spending time on Cranberry Lake and can't wait to share Starkey's Point with you.
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After a minor hiccup with the boat rental at Lakeside General Store (quickly resolved by the helpful and competent women at the counter), we had a wonderful stay. The location and property are beautiful! We were fortunate to enjoy the Perseids from the dock. Aaron was quick to respond to every inquiry before and during our stay.
Perfect off the grid vacation location
We enjoyed family vacation. It was wonderful to unplug, enjoy some fishing, swimming and the overall accommodations at Starkey's Point. The pictures do not give this property a proper representation....it is so much more beautiful. Thank you very much for an unforgettable week!
A Paradise in the Adirondacks
We just spent a week at Starkey's Point and had the best time! It is so beautiful and peaceful. The weather was perfect every day even with a few rain showers that moved on. The kitchen has everything you may need to make delicious meals. They have nice cookware, serving dishes, and baking dishes. All the appliances worked great. We ran out of electricity on the last evening because it was a partly cloudy day. There was plenty of other sources of light that it didn't cause any disruption in our activities.
I did not meet Aaron but the rest of the family did. In my communication with Aaron prior to our arrival, he promptly answered my many questions. My family said he was very nice and was thorough in explaining how things worked around the camp.
Our days were spent canoeing, paddle boarding, loon watching, fishing, hiking, star gazing, swimming off the dock, wining and snacking in the hot tub, and reading (Starky's has a very good library of books). All fisher people, both experienced and inexperienced, caught fish without much effort right off the dock. My husband (from a boat) nearly caught a loon as it was chasing his lure when he was reeling it in. He was quite surprised to see a large red-eyed bird surfacing from down under. Luckily, it veered away. We boated and then hiked a short distance to Sliding Rock where our kids (teens and twenties) slid down on an inner tube. We tried to hike to Lowe's Lake but the trail became so overgrown just past the beaver dams that we had to turn back.
The camp compound area was so beautiful and spacious. Everyone could find their own private place yet still be close. The prettiest cabin, in my opinion, was the skylight cabin with stained glass windows, zen garden, and private deck out to a private inlet. Just beautiful!
My brother brought his 17' Boston Whaler and it fit perfectly in the boat house. It was super handy for quick trips to town. The grocery store in Star Lake was pretty good as was the IGA in Tupper Lake. We rented 2 paddle boards from Raquette-River Outfitters in Tupper Lake. Anne gave us the best deal she could for a week rental. Star Lake grocery store rents them too but they were a little higher priced.
We all agreed that we would love to come back next year. This was the first time our parents, my brother's family, and my family have vacationed together and I'm so glad we had such a good time. The campsite is beautiful, peaceful, and private.
A great introduction to glamping!
Never heard the word “glamping” before reading someone else’s review of Starkey’s Point, but this is glamping at its best and a great way to get acquainted with the experience: Sitting by a fire every evening, making S’mores on occasion, soaking in a wood-fire fueled hot tub, hiking, canoeing, getting water out of the lake, swimming every day despite imperfect weather, no showers, no shaving, using an outhouse…but in a beautiful home, beautifully managed, well equipped, with warm and cozy beds, plenty of space, a terrific kitchen… We cooked up a storm, ate great meals by candle-light every night, enjoyed figuring out how to manage on solar power and propane alone, and doing just fine… Not just fine, actually doing great and having a ball… Isolated, undisturbed, FAR away from work/civilization/people, visited by loons and a family of river otters, and phenomenal sunsets… We were glad we had rented a boat, so we could get around when we wanted to and climb Cat Mountain without walking 20 miles. Even in not great weather, this was a little taste of heaven if you are into the outdoors, and know how to camp, and want to do it with a perfect mix of creature comforts. A great place to take your kids, even when they are in their 30’s (and perhaps especially when they are young adults and can carry the water and the firewood and build the fires). A really great vacation! Definitely a place to keep coming back to, even all the way from Michigan.
Much needed R and R
As always Starkey's Point is a peaceful, perfectly Adirondack escape. We will be back every year.
Tranquil Family Glamping At Its Finest
I had the most amazing vacation at Starkey's with my husband and small daughters (2 and 6). Its the perfect combination of rustic luxury. The beds are incredibly comfortable and the great room was a wonderful place to unwind from our adventure filled days.
We enjoyed exploring Cranberry Lake in the canoes provided and found many hiking trails that were the perfect speed for the little ones. We cooled off from our hikes with hours of silly diving contests off the dock. In the evenings we grilled and ate outside at the picnic tables. We toasted marshmallows and made s'mores every night in the fire pit and then capped the day with a relaxing soak in the wood burning hot tub (looking forward to visiting again in future years when such relaxation isn't constantly interrupted by toddler Pokemon impressions). After we tucked the kids in bed my husband and I enjoyed drinks by the fire pit where we dragged out some Adirondack chairs to watch the amazing night sky and listen to the loons.
One night we let our oldest daughter stay up late. We took pillows out to the dock and laid on our backs and star gazed for hours under the incredible celestial dome with Milky Way's arm stretched across the expanse in all its glory. Sadly she dozed off before catching the many meteor sightings. But I'm certain she will hold this memory of wonder, family togetherness, peace and oneness with Earth and the entire universe, forever.
Starkey's is very secluded so we were comfortable letting the kids run around naked half the time. There were very few boats out on the lake so it's very quiet, except when the kids were whooping it up and which we encouraged because there was no one around to be bothered by it. They also really enjoyed the huge swing and playhouse where they had some very imaginative superhero adventures. I had designs on sneaking out to the skylight cabin for an afternoon nap, but never made it. Next year I hope!
After an exciting day trip to the Wild Center, we had an overnight visit from family friends who were headed to Pottsdam. They were also in awe of the place and wished they could stay longer. My friend noted that the outhouse is a lot nicer than most of the public bathrooms she's experienced in Boston :-)
Long story short: Starkey's Point is awesome and we can't wait to get back. Aaron was very helpful and available via phone if we ever need him (I could get Verizon LTE out at the dock). He even quickly mailed the raincoats we left behind
The camp is a short paddle from SUNY ESF's Biological Research Station and the Cranberry Lake 50 trail.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
The base rate for 2018 remains the same as 2017. VRBO began charging a service fee in 2016 for all online payments, typically about 7%. This non-waivable fee is paid to the rental website. Please contact us if you want to discuss alternate payment options. We look forward to your reservation!