A secluded oasis directly on the magnificent Upper Chateaugay Lake, this property has been completely remodeled inside and out in the last thirteen years and includes a major update annually. 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 106 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 with brand new tiled floor, 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.
The expanded U-shaped dock is the place to hang out. The dock extension creates a large area to be on the waters edge: A 16 x 18 dock with a built-in bench and a 14 x 4 catwalk combining with the original 16 x 6 dock to form a large U-shaped dock party area. From here, entry into the refreshing waters of Upper Chateaugay is easily done multiple ways: via the extra-wide (10 feet) staircase on the right side of the property, which is where we usually hop into/out of the water with our kayaks and canoes, but also there our stairs at the end of the original dock, plus a ladder from the catwalk. 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 party dock will be your favorite place.
Your next favorite places will be the new lean-to and 12x12 floating deck, each to be built this spring and each offering an area to relax by the waters edge.
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. I have two neighbors and our houses are far apart for I can only see one neighbor's house partially thru the thick trees and the other is blocked by a new wood fence. 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 30 minutes away if any questions or incidences arise.
Check in time is 2:30 and check out time is 10:30, running Saturday to Saturday during July and August. Mid week rentals are available in other months. 70 other pictures can be viewed at Facebook
An optional cleaning fee of $100 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.
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, so only social networking and emailing is allowed.
In summary, Upper Chateaugay Lake is by far the biggest and best lake in the northern Adirondacks as well as my home bringing 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.
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.'