Everything that goes on at the Lake House unfolds within view of the expansive blue waters of Canadarago Lake. Musicians perform on the outdoor concert stage a handful of yards away from the water. Guests staying in most of the rooms on the second or third floors of the Lodge awaken to the lake’s sweeping vista, while those staying in the units on the grounds can step out of their doors to explore the lakefront. Weddings and celebrations are memorialized against the serene backdrop, while diners rest in the lakeside breeze on the deck.
The lakefront offers guests fishing access, although the individual units on the grounds do not have docks or lakefront acreage of their own. The beach area between the grassy hill and the water is narrow and rocky, full of intricate little shells and aquatic plants. The vibrance of the stones on striated beach along the rugged shoreline hearken to the lake’s legacy in the midst of the ancient land of the Mohawk and the Oneida. The lake’s small island, named Deowongo from the Iroquois language, is a much-venerated natural treasure that has recently been re-opened to public access.
Despite being relatively small at five miles long and only just over 30 feet deep for most of its surface area, Canadarago Lake has won many fans among vacationers and boaters for its unusually clean waters, its serene atmosphere, and its strong location near the crossroads of central New York. Renowned for its abundance of walleye and other popular gamefish, the lake also attracts fishermen and receives the attention of a sizeable following on the Internet.
The Lake House inherits a significant part of its identity from this much appreciated facet of the landscape. Today the Lake House offers the community opportunities to enjoy and appreciate Canadarago Lake in a simple and straightforward manner.