About the property
- Chateau / Country House1200 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay7 nights
4 BR - 2 bth- Private Island -Pet friendly- no roads - water surrounds
Find renewal all together at remote & comfortable Northpoint Camp overlooking a clean clear lake at the headwaters of the Adirondack watershed. Here, in seclusion and silence, the magnificence of nature waltzes in daytime sun and tiptoes in the brilliant starlight of the night sky. The Main House has bedroom configuration for maximum of 10 persons. Lean-to Island is your gateway to a vast range of wilderness relaxation opportunities - follow the marked path in the back of the Main House & cross the footbridge.
If you are to connect more with anything this season, let it be Nature. Within her gentle strength, learn to clear life’s path gently and effortlessly. The living forest works overtime here beneath the mountain. It will not only allow you to make deeper contact with yourself but others as well and can fuel renewed purpose at any age.
Swim in clear mountain lake water from your private Island dock; it's deep enough to dive. We provide canoes to launch from here or bring your own paddling boats.
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You can paddle the 'Seven Carries' to vast & wild St. Regis Pond & be back to the Main House deck for a cook-out as you enjoy the sun setting behind St. Regis Mountain :: Pack a picnic & paddle through 3 Lakes and a River right from camp - no car-topping of boats :: Love life as you enjoy the hot mineral bath that awaits in a 6' indoor tub :: Sun, swim and cook-out at Lean-to Island :: Refreshments on deck praising the beauty of antique boats cruising by :: Read a book by the fire - bring your own or find one onsite :: Moonlight paddle on clear water sprinkled with stars :: Campfire songs and s'mores :: Calling loons at dawn and dusk.
LIVING AREA: With floor-to-ceiling A-frame windows (see photo) and promontory location at the northern head waters of Upper St. Regis Lake, you experience a wilderness retreat, indoors as well as out, right beneath the many moods of one of the Adirondack High Peaks, St. Regis Mountain. Relax in front of the stone fireplace after a day outdoors (some wood provided); purchase outdoor wood w/CampCredits or buy your own bundles roadside before arrival. The deck w/chairs, table/umbrella and grill (fuel incl) is just out the kitchen door for beautiful sunset suppers. The rustic wood floors have antique Nepalese carpets in every room.
KITCHEN: This is an updated galley kitchen with dishwasher/soap & dish soap, new 4-burner electric stove/oven and med-sized refrigerator/freezer. Guests use own coolers for fridge overflow; limited storage in fridge/freezer in Boathouse. There's two coffee-makers w/filters, a 4-slot toaster, the popular family crock pot, blender, lg. covered soup kettle, griddle; large and small cookware; baking pans. muffin tins, cookie sheets plus glassware, cutlery & dinnerware. All paper products: paper towels, toilet paper, wax paper, foil, plastic wrap, tissue. Basic salt/pepper begin the season and progress to unopened delicacies left by happy campers for future guests. The handmade dining table seats six comfortably with nicely appointed accessories and the fabulous view; extra dining on deck for large parties. NOTE on WATER: Ours is absolutely pure right from every tap - the most enlivening, refreshing beverage ever put to lips. Bottled water not needed! FOOD: Bring all your groceries for the week. Contact Lynn for an easy cost-effective way to pre-order & pay for food online; orders close on Mon. for delivery by your Sunday arrival. FREE membership: Value added: food waiting for you in Northpoint's kitchen!
LOFT: The ceiling is high enough for a cozy loft that overlooks the LR fireplace below and has a divine view of St. Regis Mtn. Find up here two small rooms that use the downstairs bath. There's a Queen bed out on a traditional Adirondack Sleeping Porch; the other has a panoramic view & can be used as a lounge area with another Double bed . There is electric heat downstairs and super efficient propane hot water on demand throughout.
FAMILY BEDROOM: The Master addition has an outside entrance with a King bed and a Queen pull-out couch making it a Family Suite if required. The new stackable washer/dryer is in the bathroom with shower, sink and commode opens through to the
TWIN-BEDDED ROOM right off the open-concept, high, exposed-beam living area. Here the First Aid Kit is accessible mounted on the wall of a tall built-in cupboard.
MAIN BATH: The 'spa' bathroom has an antique claw-foot soaking tub - no jets but a full 6 ft. of heat-holding cast iron - with the ultimate luxury of unlimited hot water that is clean, pure and made therapeutic by a selection of aromatherapy bath additions provided for your indulgence. This bath has also a sink and commode; it is central in the house and is the primary facility for the loft doubles and is one of two toilet options for the Twin room.
COMMUNICATION: We have intermittent 4G Verizon phone reception at several places around camp and, for your online needs, wifi in our 'internet cafe' outdoors mid-camp and also in the Lakeside Bungalow which requires an ethernet cable .
CAMPFIRES: Care and common sense apply with all fire in the forest. At the outside entrance to the Family Suite is a garden hose with nozzle; it is permanently on for guest use as needed. Smoking is permitted outside only. Ashtrays are provided for the deck.
MOST IMPORTANT: Campfires on the house promontory point and on Lean-to Island must be kept small & personally attended at all times as well as doused out completely on departure. Keep the onsite water container by the firepit at the island and the hose close to the fire ring off the house main deck.
LEAN-TO ISLAND: The canoes/kayaks are kept here - there's a sign to remind you to pull them onto shore . This secluded dock gets sunlight most of the day, water is deep enough for diving. The open campfire - rare in the Adks - is here in front of an authentic Lean-to for camp outs. Be sure to carry a flashlight if out after dark - the hike across the bridge and up to the Main House is dark and narrow. There find a Queen mattress enclosed in mosquito netting, a charcoal grill and outdoor cooking implements. Guests are provided an extensive reference book on arrival to begin this memorable vacation at the edge of 6 million acres of Adirondack State Park. We welcome adult groups and families for a unique and timeless experience.
OPTIONS: Lakeside Mission-style stone bungalow with deck, gas fireplace, Queen bed, sm. fridge, coffee maker, sink, toilet. Because there are no kitchen or showering facilities, the bungalow is available only as an add-on with bookings of the Main House & island. For privacy and superior private boudoir lakeside contact us for details/pricing.
Kayak rental - $150. per week, delivered to Island. Feel free to bring your own boats; Launch your own motorboat w/no public marina services - make fuel arrangements ahead of time. There is a $100. docking fee per week per motor boat. After the half-hour paddle back to your car if you want to take a sightseeing road trip or replenish your groceries, store canoes next to our Garage #46 while away. !! NEW in 2016 for guests booking a week or more - 4-psgr motorboat for use by qualified driver w/one free tank of fuel per week .
HOUSEKEEPING: We provide full housekeeping services before every arrival. Linens, bedding, pillows, quilts, throws, kitchen and bath towels are provided plus laundry facilities/supplies. Bring food, beverages and personals; we provide all else. Everything must be transported to camp via motorboat and up to the Main House via ATV.
LIMIT YOUR GEAR, PLEASE.
CLEANING: The cleaning fee is $250. per week so you need not spend your last day indoors making beds. There are covered plastic containers in the woodshed for trash and returnables; removal is included in the cleaning fee. Take all opened food with you and leave the refrigerator bare.
PETS: Controlled pets are welcome for FREE limit 2 medium-size with weekly rentals It's best if dogs are comfortable in boats and canoes at this water-access-only site. Bring a tie-down rope if needed; we have our own ( curious but friendly) Samoyeds & a cat in camp. Pets must not be left unattended in the house. Barking must be controlled - if your pet is excessively vocal, leave them home or be prepared to depart early w/no refund . Our own pets are kept indoors at night; yours must be too.
PARKING: Free car parking is offered at our private boat landing. Your group will be transported by motorboat to Lean-to Island dock where you will find incl. canoes with paddles & life jackets for your group's use while in camp. Alternatively, you may paddle your own craft to the Island . NYState law mandates life-jacket be present in boat for each adult, and children under 12 must wear one at all times..
SECURITY: We require a deposit of $500.00 cash on arrival which will be returned minus cleaning/trash fee and other incidentals. We are always nearby onsite to help.
Book a wilderness adventure for this coming season that has something to please every member of your group. Perch high above the water with your own island preserve below and forest paths to explore. This is not a handicap accessible site and all parties MUST BE ABLE TO SWIM and walk a narrow pathway between Island and House! Children must bring their own life jackets. Your hosts transport your group to the island for the hike through the woods up to the Main House high above; your food/gear will be delivered to your door via ATV.
PLEASE LIMIT YOUR GEAR!
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NOW BOOKING stays from Mid-August through Thanksgiving in 2016 and Mother's Day onward in 2017. Specials listed on Rates pg. Sunday to Sunday or other arrangements if available. Contact us for Lakeside Bungalow add-on.
Lynn and Jim Cameron
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About Lynn and Jim Cameron
Lynn and Jim Cameron have lived on Upper St. Regis Lake in this Caretaker's Cabin since 1980. It is part of the Northpoint Camp complex and one of 3 original buildings remaining of the original 'Little Pond Camp' built in 1905 and destroyed by fire in 1945. The Main house high on the promontory replaced the owner's bedroom cabin complex in 1965. Jim has built more traditional Adirondack Guideboats that any other living builder. His shop is located on the property and welcomes guests for tours and maybe to try out rowing one of his boats. 3 Samoyeds, a very social breed, share camp with all of us. Pets brought to camp must be socialized enough to get along with our camp canines. Your supervision is essential and barking must be controlled.
Lynn and Jim Cameron purchased this Chateau / Country House in 1963
Why Lynn and Jim Cameron chose Lake Clear
Travel is by boat. Not an island, but NO ROAD ACCESS. Living without the sound of wheeled vehicles is not only rare but usually not accessible in such rustic comfort in an area so convenient to get to. Our guests greatly enjoy this exclusive property complex surrounded by privately held Adirondack Camp estates. You will have full access to this property; all other islands are privately held and not available for use. NEW in 2016 - 4 psgr. motorboat for occasional use by qualified driver - 1 tank of fuel FREE. This makes trips to the car & town for errands easy and quick leaving more time for 'fun' paddling. It also allows the fishermen easy quiet time in Northbay with a quick way back to camp. You'll use our private Lean-to Island for campfire cookouts and swimming from the island's dock in the shadow of St. Regis Mt. and in afternoon sun. There's convenient water access to the St. Regis Mt. hiking trail; there's a round trip canoe adventure taking in 3 lakes and a river; you may paddle the famous '7 Carries' to St. Regis Pond for the day without the need to carry camping gear and arrive back to your own camp for supper on the deck. Onsite is a comprehensive guide/maps to the immediate and greater area hiking and canoeing. Provided by a local camp owner for lake residents, it contains information not available anywhere else. Northpoint has something to interest every member of your group and the acreage to provide enough privacy even for groups traveling together. Increased vitality can be found here reflected in the clear water at the base of St. Regis Mountain and in the breathing in of earth and forest. Drink slow and deep of our pure mountain water for a long-lasting boost surpassing the energizing effects of just the physical activity and social interaction often associated with vacations. Store all the light from your time in these mountains as renewal for your whole year; things to be remembered until your return to this dream.
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
At Northpoint Camp on Upper St. Regis Lake deep in the northern forest those that wish can take their wilderness in civilized doses from a sheltering porch. Level of activity notwithstanding, it is certain as the moon and tide, that those who come to these pristine waters are still taken into the vibe - infinite green cathedrals of the forest; the blue/green vista from St. Regis summit; the cry of the loon in chorus across wilderness ponds in the distance. The effect of an Adirondack Lake can charm beyond understanding. We've cherished this privilege for 40 years in all seasons. Now we offer to share it with you. Do come for a visit this Spring, Summer, Solstice, Harvest or Autumn. You won't regret choosing this very special & unique getaway for couples, groups and families.
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Wonderful stay on Upper St Regis
We spent two weeks enjoying the beautiful Upper St Regis Lake. Our host Jim and Lynn were wonderful sharing all their knowledge and history of the area. The main house was very comfortable and had all the need amenities, dishwasher, washer and dryer, and a very large tub complete with soaking salts. The kithen was well stocked with all need cooking items. This was only topped by the T-house bedroom on the waters edge, magnificent. Wake up over looking the lake. The lake itself is clean and quite. It was paradise for our family vacation. There is little reason to leave the property during your stay. With a lean-to located on the poperty and a great hike up Mt St Regis across the lake we had everything we needed for a great outdoor vacation on the lake.
It was memorable and very pleasant for us here at Northpoint Camp to have the Williams family enjoying themselves. Thanks for caring so well for camp.
Lynn and Jim
Great getaway from BTV to ADK Wild
I was only able to spend one night at magnificent Northpoint, joining my husband at the end of his weeklong stay there with some friends in May. A month later, I'm plotting a much longer return visit for both of us! My girlfriend and I drove from Burlington, VT, taking the Grand Isle ferry, and were there in about 2 hours. We called our unfailingly helpful hostess Lynn as we approached the lake, and a boat was at the docks in no time. Our host, Jim, knew the lake like the back of his hand and we even persuaded him to move his route a bit closer to the shoreline so we could gawk at the imposing camps, many quite new.
As we neared Northpoint, though, I could see we'd be enjoying a property forged by time and more integrated with the landscape: weathered hand-hewn wood, massive stone steps, and native flowers in cultivated gardens (don't miss the labyrinth!) as well as all their wild glory.
We prepared and shared meals with our friends at the Main House, which was very well outfitted with a gas grill outside, electric stove/range and dishwasher inside, and all the necessary cookware.
But cocktails were enjoyed at our bedsite, the enchanting lakeside stone bungalow. Just a short walk from the main house and down huge stone stairs, its deck wraps right around to the lake so you could drop a line and catch fish for breakfast in the morning (just supposing - no personal proof!). It was so relaxing to kick back there with our friends, listening to the loons calling up and down the lake.
We felt so privileged to stay there, waking up (in a very comfortable bed) and seeing loons out the multi-paned windows without even throwing off the covers. We could enjoy quiet time and coffee on the deck before joining the gang at the main house for a boisterous morning making brunch and playing a round of golf on Jim's crazy course. You've played the links, you've played the parks, but you haven't really golfed 'til you've played the woods!
After 24 hours at Northpoint I felt as refreshed as if I'd had a week away on one of our usual city vacations. We'll definitely be returning, and I look forward to paddling around the lake and getting out on the trails. This is truly a magical place and we were so impressed with how Lynn and Jim care for and share it; their deep respect for its heritage is evident everywhere. Also, they have three of the most beautiful, adorable Samoyeds you've ever seen!
Kelly, I remember you well. I knew you were pleased, but this review is over-the-top and most welcome. We await your return. Lynn and Jim
Stay at Paul Smiths aka North Point on Upper St. Regis Lake, Adirondacks
I stayed at North Point (as I prefer to call it) from mid-September to early October 2014, and my sojourn there was one filled with immense beauty and joy. This "camp" has four buildings altogether, including the owners' cabin. My traveling companion and I stayed mainly in the other cabin but on some evenings slept in the charming Japanese-style "hut" abutting the lake shore. There is also a spacious yurt in the woods. All of these buildings have views of the lake and all of them are uniquely lovely inside and out. I like sitting by a fire and on cooler days and nights enjoyed writing, reading and dreaming by our cabin's living room fireplace. My companion and I delighted in spending time with the owners' three Samoyed dogs and we hiked with them more than once up St. Regis Mountain. The view from the mountaintop was one of many pleasures, and we were able to see a vast expanse of other mountains when the autumn trees were changing to their most vivid colors. I had always wanted to see and hear loons, and I was not disappointed; nearly every day I was treated to seeing them and hearing their low and exquisite music. Sometimes we went boating/canoeing, and thanks to a spell of warm weather were able to swim in the lake until we left in October. This camp really has something for everyone, whether one likes to be active, take photographs, or just sit around and daydream in a dreamy natural setting. Great for romance, of course! Just to make things at North Point perfect, the owners are interesting, creative, caring, and helpful people. They have a deep feeling for the Adirondacks and I really respect that about them. Someday I hope to go back.
Dear Susie - thanks so much for your kind words about your stay, about us as hosts, and particularly for making our dogs' lives so interesting while you were here. I've promised Wolfie a doggie cake for his 16th birthday in May; he's still trotting around camp coping with the youngsters. We, too, hope the two of you will have occasion to revisit Northpoint Camp. May the wind be at your back in your future travels.
A cozy lakeside Adiriondack camp experience
We spent 3 weeks here and loved every minute. Jim and Lynn are hardy year round residents at this roadless camp, about a 10 minute powerboat ride from the parking lot and landing. we stayed in "Judy's Cabin", long inhabited by Jim's mother, and just renovated. This is not a sterile vacation bungalow environment. You can feel the decades of happy occupancy every day. The panoramic window view of the lake and shoreline, upstairs loft, large library, warm comforters on the beds, and the big stone fireplace and plentiful wood supply make even rainy days a delight. There's electric heat, too, when you don't want a fire. A canoe, leanto, and fire rings are just the start of outdoor amenities. We loved watching sunsets from the deck, or paddling out to watch the loons on the quiet lake as evening fell. Hearing the loons calling to each other is a special treat. Although it was late September, we went swimming off the boathouse dock on many evenings -- very relaxing.
The primary hiking route is up St Regis Mountain, which can be reached directly on foot from the cabin, or with less walking from a dock accessible across the lake by canoe. There are several public leantos in the area which are perfect for shorter walks and picnic lunches. If you like dogs, Jim and Lynn's three large, fluffy, white samoyeds are eager to be your hiking companions. Although they normally stay away from the cabin and don't disturb guests, we lured them over shamelessly until they hung around with us. The full array of Adirondack hiking, scenery, and attractions are available by car from the landing.
This is not a luxury camp, although many of the private camps on the three interconnected lakes are owned by multi-millionaires. It's a very cozy and rustic environment, perfect (in my opinion) for groups of 4-6. The newly remodeled kitchen is very well equipped. Saranac Lake, a 15 minute drive from the landing, has a full array of grocery and shopping options. If paddling and walking aren't sufficient motive power, you can easily trailer in a powerboat.
Jim is one of the few remaining Adirondack guideboat builders, and if you're lucky, he'll show you his work and his well equipped shop. He also has a great album showing what the camp was like over the past 100 years.
All in all, this is a great place to spend a week or two comfortably communing with nature in the Adirondacks. Very highly recommended! In addition to having a great time, you're also supporting a warm, deserving couple.
Wild Center in Tupper Lake, a 30 min. drive from the Landing.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
NORTHPOINT CAMP IS BOAT ACCESS ONLY. Driving directions emailed to free car parking at our private boat landing. Transport to Northpoint is via motorboat; we fetch guests/food/gear at prearranged arrival and return on departure day. Included is one RT transfer for guests and one RT transfer for food/gear. Canoes, paddles, PFDs (for adults) are provided. Children must provide their own well-fitting pfds. Your own paddling boats are welcome; we will transport your gear. Kayak rental available. Launch your own motorboat (or one you've rented) for a $100. docking permit. NEW in 2016 - 4 psgr. motorboat for occasional use by qualified guest - FREE includes 1 tank of fuel. Well-mannered (ie. NO aggression; uncontrolled barking) dogs are welcome - fee to be arranged onsite - limit 2. We have found that pets who vacation with their people are good dogs just being dogs. It would need to be a very large problem before you would be asked to remove your pet from camp, and there would be no rental refund. Sound really carries over water. It helps if pets are sociable because there are a couple friendly resident Samoyeds sharing the woods here. Standard rental rates are quoted for 6 persons; 6-10 persons add $50. per night per person. $500. cash deposit tendered upon arrival; this covers cleaning, trash removal, boat damage deposit; loss; extra firewood; boat fuel; food service. Receipt given at departure for expenditures along with the balance of cash remaining. !! NEW in 2016 !! Northpoint will match Camp Credits dollar for dollar with the Service Booking Fee that you paid for this service. Details available after booking when our communication will be opened.