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Off-Grid Adventure, Pet-Friendly Cabin on Pristine Lake

Croghan, NY, USA
  • Cabin
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

Recharge in our 'off the grid' cabin. Live by firelight and rainwater with your own spot of Adirondack waterfront perfection. Grab a breath of fresh air amidst the fast-paced technology-centered routine of everyday life.

The one room cabin easily sleeps four people with a full futon located on the ground floor and a full size air mattress in the loft. Renters bring their sleeping bag and sheets. A covered porch affords a bird’s eye view of the water and feels as if sitting in the treetops. The cabin has no electricity or running water and is equipped with battery and solar powered lanterns, solar outdoor lighting, two 5-gallon jugs of potable water, a propane cooktop for morning coffee and eggs and a gas grill for deck cooking. We provide the propane, pots and pans, dinnerware, and other kitchen utensils. The outhouse is just a few steps away.

Our cabin is located on the Soft Maple Reservoir mid-way on the 14-mile Beaver River Canoe Route and thirteen miles from the village of Croghan. The Croghan tract is one of the more remote areas of the Adirondack Park with a long tradition of hunting, fishing and trapping. The Reservoir is comprised of two connected lakes, with waters ideal for fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and water sports. In the small town of Croghan you can get gas, bait, ice and groceries. Visit the Croghan Meat Market, the Maple Museum, Monnat’s Country Store, the Croghan Candy Kitchen, or stop at Good Ol’ Wishy’s soda fountain for a root beer float. Leave your expectations home. Bring only what you need and marvel in the beauty that surrounds you.

Rental available summer months only as there is no interior heat source.


Kay Fortenbery

Member Since 2015
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within one day
Calendar last updated:
Apr 16, 2018
About Kay Fortenbery

My roots go deep in the area. My father's people farmed the Beaver River area beginning in the late 1800s. My mother's father worked as a fishing and hunting guide and her mother as a cook for the Stillwater Hotel. I work with local schools providing technical support for education software. Both my son and daughter live and work in Buffalo now.

Kay Fortenbery purchased this Cabin in 2012

Why Kay Fortenbery chose Town of Watson

We looked for several years before purchasing this property. I wanted a place where my kids could always come home to that is part of who they are. We hoped for water front but with some elbow room. Soft Maple is perfect and I couldn't be happier with the "lack" of electricity and TV and wifi and phones... There is no where else that I feel so calm and so grateful.

What makes this Cabin unique

This is our second year renting. The hope is to help off set some of the cost of owning and continue making upgrades on the camp and property. There is no intent to get rich rather it feels wonderful to share the experience that has brought us such joy.


    • Pets Welcome
    • Kids Welcome
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4


          • 1 Bathroom

              Location Type

                • Lakefront
                • Rural
                • Water View


                    • Adventure
                    • Away From It All
                    • Budget
                    • Family


                        • Guests provide their own meals


                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Dishes & Utensils


                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 6 people


                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                    • Outdoor Grill


                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Leisure Activities

                                            • bird watching
                                            • boating
                                            • photography
                                            • scenic drives
                                            • walking
                                            • wildlife viewing

                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                • fishing
                                                • freshwater fishing
                                                • hiking
                                                • kayaking
                                                • mountain biking
                                                • mountaineering
                                                • swimming
                                                • water skiing
                                                • water tubing

                                                  House Rules

                                                  Check-in: 2:00 PM

                                                  Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                  16 Reviews


                                                  Latest reviews

                                                  Simply Amazing!

                                                  Kayla G.

                                                  This was one of my favorite trips yet! Kay is such a nice person and met us right in town to show us the way. The cabin is gorgeous and the view from the deck is amazing! The outhouse is well kept, as well as the shower/sink area. We enjoyed hiking, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, the rope swing, and fishing (I caught a 12" bass!). My golden retriever enjoyed wandering in the woods around the house and swimming off the shore! We grilled for breakfast and dinner and ate out on the back deck overlooking the water. The cabin was stocked with everything we needed and there are many lawn chairs to use as well. Thanks again Kay for sharing your property with us! -Kayla

                                                  Perfect Getaway!

                                                  Lori L.

                                                  We had a terrific stay at Big Sugar . Kay was awesome to work with answered all our questions and prepared us for our visit before hand . The spread of the property down to the shore was amazing! The place had everything we needed and we couldn't be more grateful for Kay's hospitality and for sharing her wonderful place with us . I would definitely put this on our list of favorites ! Great trip to take for fishing , hiking , atving and boating

                                                  Wonderful Cottage in the Adirondacks

                                                  We had a very relaxing stay and it was great to be able to bring our dog with us. A lot of memories were made, thank you Kay!

                                                  perfect off-grid paradise!

                                                  Olga U.

                                                  My husband, dog and I enjoyed a wonderful few days enjoying the lake, and home! We did a lot of fishing, exploring the reservoir, and hanging out by the fire pit! The home had everything you would need, a soft place to sleep all cooking essentials you could think of and a great view from the deck! We highly recommend this location for those that love off grid or even if your just getting your feet wet about the idea! Thank you Kay!

                                                  Was perfect for a couple and two adventurous dogs!

                                                  Elena B.

                                                  Cabin is very well maintained, you don't need to bring much with you. Few steps down is a river where we tried canoeing and our dogs enjoyed swimming. Differently off-grid, no cell reception, but we needed exactly that for our short vacation. Few neighbours around, but we never saw each other.


                                                  Amanda W.

                                                  The cabin was exactly how it was described. It very private and peaceful. We stayed at the end of June and definitely would go back again. Kay was amazing. She is one of the nicest people I've ever met. She met us at a convenience store and showed us exactly how to get to the cabin also showed us some trails and explained how to hike to a waterfall. I would definitely recommend it 100%. We look forward to our next trip there. She was available for any questions we had. We loved it so much we're actually looking in to getting property out that way if we ever find something we like. It was nice to be outdoors and have the kids disconnected so they could really enjoy what the outdoors has to offer. The best thing was the beautiful scenery down by the water.



                                                  Croghan, NY, USA

                                                  Rates & Availability

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                                                  Damage Deposit

                                                  Only available during summer months.

                                                  16 Reviews
                                                  Wonderful 4.8/5
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