Direct Waterfront Overlooking Forever Wild Forest on a Hidden Dead End Street

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  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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The extended forecast calls for warm & dry spring & summer so reserve now. Please view my 4 videos of the property on this site or go to YouTube and enter AdirondackJoe for the same videos.

A secluded oasis directly on the magnificent Upper Chateaugay Lake, this property has been completely remodeled inside and out in the last five years. Located as the second to last house on a dead-end private road, yet directly in-front of the deepest part of the lake at 70 feet deep, this house and property is ideal for a get-away. Upper Chateaugay Lake leads into the Lower Chateaugay Lake via the Narrows for a total of 9 miles. The property, on the East shores and on a very gentle slope with 110 feet of direct lake-front, has breathtaking views of unspoiled, NY State parkland and mountains. Be sure not to miss the unbelievable sunsets across the lake to the West with bright oranges and purples - true eye candy. Of course, another benefit of spectacular sunsets is the ability to sleep in during the mornings without being awoken by beams of sun in the early hours. Additionally, stargazing at night will enable you to see more stars in one night than in a lifetime. Clear, crisp and full of memories.

Each room of the house has been remodeled, including the Mahogany master bedroom, Douglas fir guest room with built-in full size bed, slated side entryway, cedar bathroom with granite and terra cotta walk-in, full-size shower plus a granite kitchen, and Pine tongue-and-groove dining nook and living room. Both bedrooms have plenty of closet space and night stands/tables. Grand views of the lake are easily visible from the master, side entryway, dining nook and living room. My cabin is an L-shaped ranch with views of the lake from all angles.

Entry into the refreshing waters of Upper Chateaugay is easily done three ways: via the extra-wide (10 feet) staircase on the right side of the property. This is where we usually hop into/out of the water with our kayaks and canoes. Also, there is a huge 16x18 dock extension with a 14x4 dock extension catwalk combining with the original 16x6 dock to form a large U-shaped dock party area. This allows you to enjoy the water and dock at multiple levels for fishing, sunbathing and just relaxing. There are stairs at the end of one dock and a ladder attached to the catwalk for easy entry into the lake. In any case, you are able to walk out 10 - 15 feet before being over your head. The lake bottom is firm, not soft and mucky, with a huge swath of rocks cleared for easy walking.

The outdoor porch area, reached directly from the side entryway, allows for great meals on the picnic table while watching the loons on the lake, as well as camp fire stories at the firepit area in the evening. Lawn games are delightfully played on the expansive lawn on all sides of the house.

Upper Chateaugay Lake is regarded as one of the Top Fishing Waters by NY State Department of Environmental Conservation for its Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Small Mouth Bass, and Landlocked Salmon. Kayaking, canoeing, and fishing are idyllic during the morning or evening hours when the lake is glassy, while sailing can be enjoyed when the breeze kicks in during the afternoons. Of course, boating can be enjoyed anytime. For the Olympian hopefuls, swimming across the lake is about one and a half miles.

The U-turn driveway has great curb appeal, inviting guests to enjoy their stay at my home. Even during the height of the summer season, you can find peace and true tranquility for few neighbors are ever present. Even if they are there, our houses are far apart for I can only see one neighbor's house partially. There are only 594 property owners on the Upper & Lower lakes and most of those are located on the smaller, Lower lake. On any given hot afternoon in July or August, one can easily count the number of boaters on a single hand for there is little boat traffic on the larger part, Upper, of the Chateaugay Lakes. In essence, my property is very private and no external noise can be heard except for the wind, birds, waves and the occasional woodpecker and loon.

The main road, Route 374, is three miles away and leads to nearby antique shopping, ice cream stands, restaurants, pizza parlors, delis, bakeries, convenient stores, farm stands, windmill farms, the NY State boat launch and mountainous hiking trails. Further out, it'll bring you to Malone, fairgrounds, Montreal, Saranac, Lake Placid, Plattsburgh, Vermont, large grocery stores, shopping malls, and movie theaters.

Included in the rental is a three-person canoe, a two-person kayak, life vests and noodles, a 8x10 swim float (platform) 25 feet out and in 15' of water, and a mooring, also 25 feet out and in 15' of water, to hook your own boat to. Life vests, noodles, and lawn games are located in a separate, smaller (shotgun shack) cottage. Suggested boating excursions include paddling to the beginning of the south inlet, at the very end of the Upper Lake, and meandering the waterways to the numerous beaver damns more than a mile in. Or make your way to the infamous sand bar at the edge of the Narrows for a game of frisbee in ankle-deep water and an afternoon picnic on the wide beach. Novices and experts will enjoy the adventures to be had. Firewood is present but is not to be used for this is my own stash. Also included are portable chairs, gas and charcoal BBQ's for outdoor enjoyment.

Lastly, the number of people allowed to stay at my house is limited to a maximum of five, two full-size beds plus a full-size sofa-sleeper. This is to discourage large parties of people.

My property manager is located a few miles away if any questions or incidences arise.

Check in time is 2:30 and check out time is 10:30.

An optional cleaning fee of $75.00 will be added if you choose to have my property manager clean the house for you at the end of your stay. You will still have to tidy the place up, empty the refrigerator, remove all of your belongings but he would dust, wipe the countertops, vacuum all 5 rooms, clean the fridge, collect and remove the garbage, and clean the bathroom.

Summer rentals, from the last week of June until the last week of August, run Saturday to Saturday.

Mid-week rentals are available in other months outside of July and August.

Please call any day from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. for more information. I will not pick up to blocked or private phone numbers.

The on-line calendar is updated as soon as a reservation is booked and is always up to date. I respond to all inquiries within 24 hours except on weekends when I am in the Adirondacks.

What this place is not:
It's not Lake George or Sacandaga Lake with constant boat traffic.
It's not Saratoga Lake with neighbors every 50 feet apart.
It's not Lake Placid with confined tourism.
It's not Chazy Lake, with a main road seen and heard by half the lake of only 3 miles long.
It's not on the Narrows or the Lower lake (of Chateaugay Lake), where the lake is more shallow, congested, and populated.
It's not on the West side, where the sun rises at 6 a.m. during the summer.

Wireless low-speed internet is available via satellite. For devices with Verizon as the carrier, you will be able to access your phone plus any applications. Other providers will not work. Limited Bandwidth prevents streaming.
Additionally, portable Sirrus/XM radio users will be able to get a satellite signal.

In summary, Upper Chateaugay Lake is by far the biggest and best lake in the northern Adirondacks as well as my home being the best value with a touch of elegance and grandeur.

Please note: the on-line Google maps shows Hemlock Lane not as a dead-end. It is a dead-end and my house is the second to last house of a total of 6 houses.

'It's too dangerous. It's just too relaxing and enticing.'
Moira from Saratoga, NY, who stayed in July 2010, referring to the lakeside hammock.

'Calm, serene, and private... At night, the view of the stars is dazzling, the Milky Way is unbelievably bright and clear. On a warm afternoon, nothing beats sitting in a back-patio canvas chair, feet up on the fire pit, watching a bald eagle high above (that happened!) Just wonderful.'
Tristi from Chapel Hill, NC, who stayed in July 2010.

'We enjoyed your restful, serene setting. It was all you said it would be, and more.'
Ginny and Joe from Long Island, NY, who stayed for a weekend in June 2010.

'Valerie and I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed staying at your place on the Lake this summer. It was a very special time for us, and your place was the perfect spot.
Thanks again!'
He goes on to say:
'We had the most amazing two weeks and would definitely go back.'
Aaron from Manhattan, NY, who stayed in July 2010

'The house had great 'Feng Shui' - truly warm, comfortable, inviting, and relaxing. Can't be beat for the price! The property is beautiful. The views outstanding! Quiet and peaceful. The hammock is awesome!'
Steve and Linda from Cape Cod, MA, who stayed in August 2010

'The camp is beautiful, and it has one of the greatest views on Upper Chateaugay Lake. We especially enjoyed the dock, the canoe and kayak.'
Lynn and her mom Sandy from Potsdam, NY, who stayed in August 2010

'Comfortable, well stocked, charming home on a very scenic and quiet location. Close to interesting day trip destinations and fascinating geocaching sites. Most relaxing vacation we've ever had!'
Tim, Judy, Earl & Jane (2 couples) from Rochester, NY, who stayed in August 2010

'Your home is cozy and warm and we felt right at home. Peace and quiet there was the best.'
Karen and Craig, from Sherman, CT, who stayed in July 2011

'Your home is beautiful, the scenery was amazing, especially the sunsets. We had a wonderful, relaxing time and would highly recommend.'
Charles and family, from Hempstead, NY, who stayed July

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Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 1100 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

  • Bedroom 1: 1 double


  • Bedroom 2: 1 double


  • The master bedroom is the corner room which consists of Mahogany tongue and groove walls, two corner windows for views of the lake and fresh air, plus a long narrow window to view the lake from the bed as you wake up. There is new carpet, a new heater, a full-size bed, a dresser, nightstand, and a lighted closet. The other bedroom contains a built-in, full-size bed plus reading light, closet full of games plus room for your belongings, new carpet, nightstand and mirror. Plenty of blankets are provided. The Douglas Fir bedroom consists of a built-in full-size bed, a closet and a night stand. Reading lights are provided in both bedrooms. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Full-size walk-in shower....moreless

  • This bathroom was remodeled in 2013 featuring a full-size (tub size) walk-in shower with green marble and terra cotta walls. The other walls are made rough-cut cedar with a built-in vanity and mirror. It was executed well with a good design....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Housekeeping is an optional service for $75.00. I provide a ultra clean and affordable cabin for you to enjoy and expect it to remain so for the next person. ...moreless


  • Books:

    Poetry, Adirondack, gardening, and house books are also available....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    There is a DVD player with a few movies, including Jaws....moreless

  • Games:

    A closet full of board games is in the quest room plus outdoor games are located in the nearby shed. ...moreless

  • Music Library:

    A music library of jamband CD's is also available for your listening pleasure. ...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Satellite TV with Showtime and other cable TV networks is part of the rental package....moreless

  • Stereo:

    A portable CD player is available for your indoor and outdoor use. ...moreless

  • Television:

    A flat-screen TV, maybe 24', is in the living room. Showtime, HBO and a few other premium channels are included as well as a basic cable package. A DVD player is also available with Jaws....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic


  • Churches
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseshoes
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lakefront:

    Clear view of the lake and mountain across the lake. Breathtaking....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Mountain view clear across the lake. Stunning!!...moreless

  • Water View:

    Yup. It's almost surreal :) ...moreless

  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining:

    Kitchen nook seats 4 - 6 people with 2 benches...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 5 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    If it is nice weather, I ask that you be environmentally conscience and hang your clothes on the outside clothesline. ...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    An indoor, propane gas fireplace is present and can be used during chilly evenings and morning. A firepit is also provided for your outdoor use. Bring your own wood or buy locally for the firepit....moreless

  • Garage:

    Garage is not accessible to clients....moreless

  • Heating:

    The fireplace in the living room heats the living room and kitchen while the wall unit in the master bedroom heats that room and the hall....moreless

  • Internet:

    Wireless slow-speed internet is provided via satellite. Internet surfing on Facebook or Instagram is OK but streaming games, videos, etc is not allowed. ...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Linens are not provided. Please bring your own full-size sheets, pillow cases, towels. I do have blankets for your use....moreless

  • Living Room:

    The living room is about 20 x 15, with a big wrap-around sofa, black granite table, a black captain's chair, gas fireplace and a TV. It can comfortably seat 7-8 people. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    The U-turn driveway provides plenty of space for vehicles and a boat trailer if one is bringing his/her own boat....moreless

  • Telephone:

    A landline phone is provided for local calls only. Any long distance calls will require a calling card....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Towels are not provided except for dish towels. ...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Washing machine is provided so please bring your own laundry soap. ...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Coffee maker is present...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Plenty of dishes and utensils...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Kitchen is a black granite counter-top with matching sink, full size refrigerator, electric oven and stove, microwave, pots, pans, dishes, silverware, glassware and a large assortment of utensils....moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    The patio overlooks the lake and consists of a large picnic table as well as great views....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    A 3-person canoe and a 2-person kayak, with plenty of life preservers, is included in the rental....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    The lawn is best for lawn games, which is also included....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    An propane outdoor grill is available plus a charcoal grill is provided as well....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Life vests and paddles are included....moreless



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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall Leaf Peeping
Oct 11 - Oct 31, 2016
2 night min stay
Nov 1 - Nov 14, 2016
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Cleaning Service- option $100


A $250.00 deposit is due as well as a signed contract by both parties upon execution of this rental agreement.

Full payments are due June 1st for rentals in July and August.

Full payments are due May 1st for rentals in June.

Full payments are due August 1st for rentals in September and October.

There is a 5% additional fee for all international rentals.

Optional cleaning service of $75.00.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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30 Miles
Nearest Airport
Plattsburgh or Montreal
5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Owly Out
40 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Ferry from Plattsburgh to Burlington, VT
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
Malone Golf
30 Miles
Nearest Train
Adirondack train in Saranac
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Route 374
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Owly Out or The Hollywood
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
Public sand bar on north end of the Upper Lake

Car: Necessary

This property is 3 hours from Albany, 1 hour from Saranac and Lake Placid, 1 hour from Montreal and Burlington, and 30 minutes from both Plattsburgh and Malone. Locally, as you drive around the area, you will find antique shopping, berry, potato & cheese farms, as well as wind mill farms within 30 minutes. The local store for essentials such as gas and milk is 3 miles away and the larger convenient store with a walk-in beverage cooler, nice deli and all of the essentials, including ATM and gas, is about 20 minutes away. In the Narrows, you are able to rent a pontoon or fishing boats from for the day or week. In the immediate area, there are 3-4 pubs and restaurants. The trailhead to Lyon Mountain is about 15 minutes away, which is about a 2 1/2 hour hike up and a little shorter on the way down. My property or the area are not the commercialized venues of a large, busy lake. The lake is large, at about 9 miles long and 1 1/2 miles wide, but the boat traffic is minimal as is the noise and car traffic. You may encounter 5 boats on an entire weekend on a hot summer holiday. This is a private, secluded oasis that is ideal for the person who wants to get away from the connected life and to relax.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2007

About the owner: I live in the Albany, NY area and look forward to relaxing at my house in the Adirondacks as often as I can. It provides tranquility and I often feel bittersweet each time I depart, as I am sure you will also. My property manager lives 30 minutes away and is available to assist you if needed.

Why the Owner Chose Lyon Mountain, NY, USA:
The Adirondacks is an awesome place to relax, enjoy time alone or with special people, as well as to soak up the scenery of the mountains, listen to the loons in the morning, feel the wind howl, and gain an appreciation for nature at its finest. My house is the second to last house on a dirt road, dead-end, which means you will probably not have any cars on the road in sight. My house is buffered on all sides and you will only be able to see a portion of one neighbor's house. Typically, most neighbors are not present, even on summer weekends. The house has been completely remodeled, from the U-turn driveway to the walkways, windows, doors, painting, pine living room, granite kitchen, terra cotta and marble bathroom, Douglas Fir guest room, Mahogany master bedroom and extra-large dock extension. From the back porch area, the view of the lake is breathtaking. The trees are trimmed up to allow views of the lake with a trees cut in one area to allow a full frame of the lake, mountains and sky. This is a remarkable gem I found almost 10 years ago and decided to remake it with my own signature. It is a great, mini-estate that will amaze any guest.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
The breathtaking view of forever wild forest across the lake coupled with the gorgeous sunsets. The cabin and property design, layout & accouterments create elements of fine living within the Adirondack park. The serenity and silence except for the loons or the occasional woodpecker. It is hidden, away from the tourist attractions. Finally, it is well-maintained.

Contact us

Speaks: english, Japanese



  • From dock

    From dock

  • U-turn driveway with Japanese 'torii' welcome gates

    U-turn driveway with Japanese 'torii' welcome gates

  • From lakeside right

    From lakeside right

  • Pine living room

    Pine living room

  • French doors entering into master bedroom

    French doors entering into master bedroom

  • Master bedroom with Mahogany walls

    Master bedroom with Mahogany walls

  • Guest room pic #2

    Guest room pic #2

  • Porch and firepit

    Porch and firepit

  • View of house from lake (taken before the new dock extension)

    View of house from lake (taken before the new dock extension)

  • View from dock.  Railings are now installed as well as a set of stairs from here

    View from dock. Railings are now installed as well as a set of stairs from here

  • From porch area

    From porch area

  • Lawn game area

    Lawn game area

  • From porch

    From porch

  • Kitchen, now with black granite

    Kitchen, now with black granite

  • Pine dining nook

    Pine dining nook

  • Master bedroom with full size bed

    Master bedroom with full size bed

  • Guest bedroom with built-in full size bed and Douglas Fir surround

    Guest bedroom with built-in full size bed and Douglas Fir surround

  • Slate side entryway with washer and dryer behind closed closet doors

    Slate side entryway with washer and dryer behind closed closet doors

  • Porch overlooking lake

    Porch overlooking lake

  • Extra wide stairs for easy entry into the lake.(Taken before the dock extension)

    Extra wide stairs for easy entry into the lake.(Taken before the dock extension)

  • Framed view of cabin. Not showing the dock extension

    Framed view of cabin. Not showing the dock extension

  • New dock extension

    New dock extension

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Thursday, October 20, 2016

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