Edwards House Rental Photos and Description
2 BR in Main House (sleeps 6-8) Bunkhouse (sleeps 5-6 WARM WEATHER ONLY) 2 Bath
Now booking for Summer 2015. If you're looking for an outstanding family vacation spot, this is it! Facing south on a gently rising peninsula, the 'North Shore' sits on a 1/2 acre w/121 ft. of waterfront. You can see the lake from 13 of the 14 windows. Large screened porch overlooking the lake (& kids swimming) in which to eat, relax and nap. Clear, clean water, full sun all day, protected swim area for the kids, hard-packed sand bottom (no muck, rocks, weeds or drop off), swim raft, great fishing (we'll show you the spots!), 2 kayaks, canoe, paddle boat, windsurfer, Sunfish sailboat, 10 ft. row boat with trolling motor (for 'tweeners' and teens) & 14 ft. fishing boat w/outboard, trolling motor & fish finder, guest fishing gear, swim & play toys, huge sand play area, fire ring & hammock. Fully equipped kitchen, drilled well, fireplace & sauna. 1/2 mile off main road, no noise, traffic or distractions. Bunkhouse gives kids or 2nd family their own space. Firewood provided. You won't find a more kid/family friendly place any where!
A Year Round Get Away: Although primarily a summer rental, 'The North Shore' is fully insulated and is available throughout the year. The bass fishing on Trout Lake is excellent. We swim early June to mid-September. Being a short drive to the high peaks of the Adirondacks we afford a wonderful laid back and relaxed alternative for leaf peepers to get away in the evenings from the hustle and bustle of Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. 'The North Shore' is available for St. Lawrence University commencement (3 night rental), Family & Reunion Weekends (2 or 3 night rental) or anytime you come to visit your son or daughter at any of the area's colleges. Winter is perhaps our best kept secret: snow shoe, back-country XC ski or fish the lake and come on in for a sauna and an evening around the fire. Snowmobile trails are located nearby. In the winter bed space is limited to 6 (or 7). Long term rentals and romantic weekends are also possible, and we'll try to work with anyone's schedule or needs.
Fishing: Owner is a NYS licensed fishing guide and will show you the hot spots and the most effective lures and rigging; and take you out fishing if desired/possible. Trout Lake is stocked with Rainbow Trout & Lake Trout each year and has an abundance of native Smallmouth Bass (owner caught and released 21.5 inch 4.85 lb. SM October 2009). Other species include: Largemouth Bass (22 inch caught off dock summer 2010), Perch, Bullhead, tons of Rock Bass and Sun Fish for the kids to catch. Rainbow Trout are plentiful and fairly easily caught from mid to late spring. As for Lake Trout, there are some real monsters if they are your thing & have the patience (owner caught 39 inch 17lb. Laker April 2010). NYS regulations allow fishing for Rainbows & Lakers on Trout Lake beyond the usual October 15 cut-off. Bass season: catch and release/artificial lures only December 1 until 3rd Saturday in June; catch and keep opens the 3rd Saturday in June and goes to November 30th. Fishing boat included with rental is fully equipped (fish finder, down rigger, etc.). An additional 10 ft. boat with electric trolling motor (no Boater Safety Course needed to operate) is perfect for 'T'weeners' and young Teens. For NYS Fishing License information go to http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6091.html.
Sailing/Boating: Sunfish sailboat included with rental (new sail and rigging). Learn to sail, GREAT fun. For those with experience, a 16 ft. Compact Yacht can be made available by arrangement. Rental also includes a Windsurfer for the adventurous. Trout Lake, particularly at our end, is excellent for sailing.
All forms of boating and jet skis are allowed on Trout Lake. The numerous Island provide quieter waters away from the main body of the lake making it excellent for canoes and kayaks.
Day trips options include: The Wild Center in Tupper Lake (1 hr.), Lake Placid and the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Mountains for shopping, dining and hiking (90 mins.), the 1000 Island Region of the St. Lawrence River (1 hr.), the Canadian national capitol Ottawa (1 hr. 45 min.) 4 golf courses within a 30 min. drive, and the Mohawk Casino & Resort (1 hr. 15 min.).
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- wheelchair inaccessible
- pets considered
- Long-term Renters Welcome
Rev. Mike Catanzaro
Our family (Mike Catanzaro and Linda Potter; kids Nicole, Tucker and Arlo) moved to nearby Canton, NY in 2008 when Mike became the pastor of the Canton First Presbyterian Church (www.ChurchOnThePark.org). Our house in town is the church owned manse, and our purchase of the North Shore was to provide equity for our family, a place to enjoy as our kids grew up and, hopefully, a home to which Linda and Mike will move to full time when they retire.
When not being 'Rev. Mike,' Mike plays guitar and sings in the Hazel Pearl Band, does projects in the shop, is learning Tai Chi and is an avid fisherperson running a modest charter business on the lake ('Fishing For Kids').
Linda has worn many hats in her life (running non-profits, working in development, managing the local Farmers Market, artisan baking) but really found her 'thing' while in Canton becoming a retreat coach for women (www.nautilusretreats.com) and following a trip to Malawi (East Africa), and together the five other woman on the trip, went on to establish the 'Widows of Grace Widow's Fund' which endeavors to assist women and orphans living in extreme poverty in that country (www.womenofgracewidowsfund.org).
Daughter Nicole is currently a sophomore at St. Lawrence University majoring in English and Religion and water skis every chance she gets; son Tucker is 13, in the 8th grade, is mad about fishing and runs XC and track; and, last but not least, Arlo is 11 and in the 6th grade and loves playing Gin Rummy, watching MASH, and exploring the stunning world of his imagination.
Built in 1947, the North Shore was the first camp erected at the North End of the lake. All materials were moved over the ice to the site (called 'Picnic Point' by the old timers, and favored as prime swimming spot due to the natural soft, sandy lake bottom) as there were no roads in until many years later. In 1939 the concrete docks were formed (all mixed by hand!). In 2012 we celebrated our 75th year.
During that span, many additions and improvements have been made to the house and site: bunk house (originally known as 'the little camp' which once boasted a galley kitchen, shower and toilet), double-slip boat house (renovated in 2004), shop/garage, second bathroom, kitchen addition and expansive screened in porch.
The North Shore is rented only a few weeks out of the year (we're living there full time during the summer otherwise; and are out there most weekends throughout the year). As such, the cottage is fully stocked and equipped with just about everything one can imagine. One could literally bring clothes, toiletries and food and want for nothing else.
Though there are many lovely homes on this tremendously beautiful lake, our location really makes this a unique vacation spot. Located at the North end of the lake, we enjoy sunshine from sunrise to sunset, a wonderful waterfront which is great for young children and older folks due to the ease of accessibility and gentle sloping sandy bottom. And, as we sit out on the point, we always enjoy a lovely breeze and just about as few skeeters and blackflies as you can imagine while still being located in a lovely wooded spot in the 'North Country.' (In 9 years we can count on one hand the number of times we've needed bug repellent, all in the spring during black fly season; even then, more of a convenience than a requirement.) We also have the benefit of well water for drinking (delicious) and non-potable uses.