This Adirondack lean-to is a 3 sided open air structure for campers-not a house
About Margie Cochran
We own several properties in the area and this cabin is one of our favorites. We have lived in the Adirondacks since 1991 but have been part-time residents since the 1960s. We even attended the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid! We can offer suggestions for activities unless you simply want to rest and relax.
Margie Cochran purchased this Bungalow in 1992
Why Margie Cochran chose Saranac Lake
If you enjoy camping, but want hot water / shower close by, this is a great property. It's partially secluded (one cabin nearby) and right on the water. This is the most scenic area in the east! It is an easy place to rest, relax and enjoy life at a slower pace. Kiwassa Lake is an idyllic and quiet lake and most guests return year after year to get away from the hustle and bustle of a faster pace. Often guests will take in a sighting of our lake loon and its beautiful calls. Other guests have said they have seen eagles, deer, fish jumping, wild types of birds, etc…
What makes this Bungalow unique
While at the lean-to, guests enjoy bird watching, reading and traveling by boat to the nearby Village of Saranac Lake. Often guests will take in a sighting of the lake's loon and its beautiful calls. Other guests have said they have seen eagles, deer, fish jumping, wild types of birds, etc…
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Gorgeous spot! Nice site, everything we needed.
This place met our needs well, I had 2 teenage girls and I wanted them to have a wilderness experience but knew they would not agree to come without a hot shower. My husband and I slept in a camper on the road which is a short distance away. It's a really beautiful site but they refused to use the shower anyway because it faces a cabin that is really close by and there is no privacy wall around the shower. The sink is also impractically small. For the price, the shower house should be improved, with a privacy screen and the sink should be under a roof and larger, that is why there are 4 stars instead of 5. It was interesting to have piping hot water in such a small sink - and I used the shower but had to dress in the wet inside without being able to sit down - this is really uncomfortable. Maggie was really nice and we had a good stay and might book again in future.
Perfect camping retreat!
We loved our stay here, so peaceful! Will probably be planning another trip soon! The showers were great, and having a sink with hot water was awesome. Our dog loved it, and is now properly pooped.
Good experience - description was accurate
My boyfriend and I stayed in the lean-to for one night at the beginning of October and it was perfect. I was a little skeptical because of a previous review about the long walk and privacy. However, it was only a one minute walk from the car to the lean-to (we timed it) and the people in the cabin behind it kept to themselves and we didn't have a problem with them (also, it does mention in the description that there is a nearby cabin). It should be noted that the truck you see in the picture is actually the neighbors truck and that is not where you will park, but again, it's really not a far walk. The fire pit was nice since it was a little chilly the night we stayed. There was a small dock that you could walk out onto and it seems like you would've been able to take out a kayak but the water looked a little muddy so I would wear water shoes. The outhouse is exactly what you would expect an outhouse to be. We didn't utilize the shower because it was too cold outside and we were only there for one night. There is an outlet right behind the lean-to that we used to blow up our mattress. We met with the owners son and he was very friendly and showed us to the site. The roof is metal and there is a tree above it that was dropping seeds or something on the roof sporadically which could be annoying but really not too bad. Overall, good experience and I would recommend staying here!
Central Location for Paddlers - Nice to Have a Shower - Not as Private as We Believed
Four of us rented the lean-to for 4 days. We take an annual Adirondack camping trip every summer, always off the grid, usually car camping in NYS campgrounds. The goal is to get away, unplug, and commune with nature. The lean-to is at a lovely location, right on the Saranac Lake chain with miles of kayaking opportunities. Loons, herons and ducks were everywhere. A short paddle away, there are primitive campsites on the NYS owned end of Kiwassa Lake. This is where we spent most of the days so we could swim, as that is not possible at the lean-to site.
Per request, we emailed our arrival time. We arrived exactly on time but no one was at the B&B and the door was locked. We hung out for some time with what we presumed was the owners dog (who later visited our campsite, relieved herself, and left). Eventually a gentleman showed up asking if we had been checked in. He assured us that the owner would be by shortly. He was able to access the B&B, took our deposit, and showed us to the lean-to.
We parked our cars and unpacked. It is not noted in the description, but there is a significant walk down a path from the car to the site. Be prepared with wheeled coolers, etc.
As we always do, regardless of weather or circumstances, we had a great time. The dock looked recently built. It would accommodate a few kayaks, but unfortunately the water level was so low it barely came to the end of the dock. Even in high water it would be important to note that this is a very muddy spot and walking out into the water would be ill advised. We were able to drop our kayaks into the mud from the dock, jump in, and push out into the channel with our paddles.
A motorized boat was at the dock and the gentleman who showed us to the site noted that it belonged to their neighbor. We later saw the neighbor and his friends, on multiple occasions, as they came back and forth through our campsite. He and his friends showed up the first time well after dark and throughly frightened us. While we knew someone docked their boat there, we were not told to expect them coming through at all hours and with no warning. I admit it detracted from the site as we felt we had no privacy. The fact that there is a cabin immediately behind the lean-to was also a detraction. Luckily the folks in the cabin kept mostly to themselves but it felt as though we were camping in their front yard.
For the price, privacy, and dock issues we will not likely return. Regardless, it is a beautiful location.
The scenery is classic Adirondack beauty
Lovely people who own the cabins are welcoming upon check-in. They know the way around the area and can help out with just about anything. We had a battery die on one of our motorcycles and they were able to help me put a charge back on it to get back home safely. I will be staying again next year and booking early to make sure I can!
The cabin is located on Kiwassa Lake in the Adirondacks just 3 miles from the Village of Saranac Lake and 10 miles from Lake Placid.
The Adirondack Mountains offers 689 lakes and ponds. Kiwassa Lake is part of the Saranac Lake Chain which means guests of this cabin have access to 23 miles of waterways from the cabin. From this Adirondack cabin, you are able to travel from Kiwassa Lake, by boat, to the Village of Saranac Lake. The popular Adirondack route from Kiwassa Lake takes you through Oseetah Lake into the Village of Saranac Lake where the Saranac River begins. You may also enjoy a waterway trip 40 miles through scenic Adirondack lakes, ponds, rivers & streams, & go through State locks into the Adirondack State Preserve.
Boat rentals may be available during your stay but it is best to reserve early as we cannot guarantee availability.
Single recreational kayaks
Canoes and rowboats
Rowboat with 8hp motor
Other activities nearby -
Local Adirondack Hike
There are 46 High Peaks in the Adirondack Mountain region with many experienced hikers earning the designation of an 'Adirondack 46er'. If you're looking for a simpler, local hike, Mt. Baker may be a good start depending on your physical condition. Approximately 1 mile up and 1 mile down, the base is minutes from the cabin and the summit offers views of the Village of Saranac Lake.
The Adirondacks is a destination for birders regardless of the season.
From and on Kiwassa Lake in the Adirondacks, fish for Northern pike, trout, bass, perch, whitefish and panfish. Whether you prefer fishing the waters of summer or the sub-zero ice that has formed mid-winter, Kiwassa Lake offers some of the best fishing in the Adirondacks. ESPN has also held its Great Outdoor Games Bass Fishing Tournament on the Saranac Chain of Lakes!
This unique attraction in downtown Saranac Lake is a testament to the small town atmosphere of Saranac Lake. Built with donations, on the backs of volunteers, riders can choose from 18 Adirondack wildlife figures and a Chris Craft style chariot. http://www.adirondackcarousel.org
The Wild Center
Created with children in mind, the Wild Center is an Adirondack experience that you won't want to miss. Hands-on exhibits that play music, make clouds, blow snow, etc… There are even secret exhibits that only children will see. http://wildcenter.org/visit/visit-with-kids
Located in Blue Mountain Lake, about an hour and a half from Saranac Lake, the Adirondack Museum has activities and exhibits for all ages. http://www.adkmuseum.org
Whiteface Mountain & Chair Lift - Whiteface Mountain offers a ski mountain in the winter as well as a gondola ride in other seasons, as weather permits.
Other Local Attractions
Village of Saranac Lake
Lake Placid Village
Six Nations Indian Museum
NY State Fish Hatchery
Santa's Workshop at the North Pole
Saranac Lake, Lake Placid & Tupper Lake
There are a multitude of local events regardless of the time of year. Saranac Lake hosts multiple annual events with two popular ones being the Annual Can-Am Rugby Tournament in Saranac Lake in August and the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival in February. Lake Placid was the site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics and is currently the host of an annual Ironman competition.