This beautiful 5-bedroom lodge, erected in 1918 as the infirmary of a boy’s summer camp, has been completely refurbished but still reflects the historical aspects of the original camp. The large modern kitchen is fitted with new appliances, quartz countertops and is well lit for the culinary experts in your group. Year-round comfort is guaranteed with a geothermal cooling/heating system, heated bathroom floors, and a whole-house generator.
Located in the Adirondack Mountains and the pristine area known as the Adirondack Park, the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States, the lodge provides direct access via motorboat (or canoe/kayak) to Upper Saranac Lake. This is one of the largest lakes in the Adirondacks with a rich history of the Great Camps that at one time characterized the summer homes of the wealthy. One can even attend church or get married on “Chapel Island”. The lake offers numerous bays and inlets ideal for swimming, fishing or enjoying a sunset dinner on your boat, or an island. The lake is stocked with several species of trout, including lake trout. Bass, pike and perch also make the lake their home.
For those who prefer the serenity of the paddle to the motor, a left turn from our dock on Fish Creek Pond and a short paddle to Spider Creek provides the entrance to Follensby Clear Pond with primitive campsites on shore and on its islands. Easy carries provide access to Polliwog and Horseshoe Pond, as well as other ponds. Just a few miles from the lodge you can enter the 18, 400 acre “St. Regis Canoe Area”, New York’s designated canoe area, with its many lakes, ponds, streams and mountain views. This area is unique in that several loop trips are possible.
The spacious dock will accommodate 3 motorboats or as many canoes and kayaks. The rental includes 2 aluminum canoes, a single and double kayak and a 12 ft. rowboat. The lodge is adjacent to a marina with a large supply of canoes, kayaks and small motorboats. The lake bottom around the dock is sandy and suitable for swimming. However, a public beach area is available in the state park within walking distance.
For landlubbers, Route 30, a few hundred yards from the lodge, is a designated bike route. The area has hundreds of hiking trails of varying lengths and difficulty. Fish Creek Pond State Campground, walking distance from the lodge, provides a five-mile loop for the casual bike riders and avid walkers with a flat, safe area to test their pedometers. In winter the campground serves as a snowmobile rally area and the loop provides an excellent area for cross-country skiing. Other winter sports include downhill skiing at Whiteface Mountain, Titus Mountain, Big Tupper Ski Area and Mt. Pisgah, and as well as snowshoeing and ice fishing.
The “Saranac Sixers” is a group of mountains close to the Village of Saranac Lake. Successful assent means you get to ring the designated bell in the village square and have you name listed with your fellow climbers. But the avid hiker who wants a greater challenge in the Adirondack High Peaks should consider the 29er Challenge or the Adirondack Forty-Sixers. Pertinent information can be obtained on their websites.
The lodge is located equal distance from Tupper Lake, home of the very popular “Wild Center” and Saranac Lake with its rich history and its famous “Winter Carnival” which started in 1897. The 10-day event includes fireworks, parades, games, exhibits, concerts and more. But the highlight is the beautiful “Ice Palace” which is built each year from lake ice. The palace serves as the coronation area for those chosen each year as the King and Queen. It is spectacular at night with its stunning light affects.
Only 8 miles from Saranac Lake is Lake Placid with its many shops and restaurants. It is interesting to visit the Olympic Center and venues from the 1980 Olympics. This is where the “Miracle on Ice” occurred.