|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
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The first three weeks of June (2015) still available. 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, hammock & fire ring. 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! (Additional photos emailed upon request.)
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 15 ft. O'Day 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.).
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 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.
Rev. Mike Catanzaro purchased this house in 2004
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, woodshed (built 2013) and expansive screened in porch (tongue and groove ceiling & walls installed in 2012).
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 10 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.
Been coming to the North Shore for seven of the past eight years because it is truly the best vacation we've ever had. I have been hesitant to write a review because they only have a limited number of rental weeks available, and when you find a gem like this you keep your mouth shut. But we're pretty much locked in. We've never had a vacation that was this easy, and seemingly compulsory, to relax and have fun.
Every spot on the property draws you to the water and makes you feel a part of nature. The house is super clean and the owners are honest, friendly and respectful. The description is accurate. In addition, it is a nice balance of modern living with a homey, cabin feel. The kids just entertain themselves with so many activities and easy access in and out of the water. We just keep one eye on them from the comfort of the screened in porch or soaking up the sun on the dock. (The wrap-around porch alone is worth the price of admission. Eat every meal out there if you can and at night play cards or one of their board games.)
And there are so many peaceful places to read or practice the art of doing nothing. It's a unique feeling of privacy, yet you feel connected to everything that's going on around you. I don't know if there is a word for it but cozy doesn't do it justice. It's simply a well designed space for a get-a-way vacation.
This owner makes your stay at his place wonderful. This place has the at home feel to it, and there is no need to leave the house to keep entertained. Our family had 4 adults and children from 3 to 18 and everyone had a great time. Whether you like outdoors activities, reading, watching tv, listening to music, swimming or just sunbathing this can entertain all. Highly recommended for any family looking to get away and spend quality time together.
We'll be Back! What a wonderful spot. This year we lucked out with great weather, everyday. The sun-filled dock and beach was the place to be. Lots of water toys to keep us busy all day long.
Evening dinner in the screened in porch watching and listening to the loons is magical.
The well-outfitted kitchen has everything you can think of to prep and serve family-sized meals.
The cozy living room has lots of seating to curl up and watch movies (a great selection provided).
The bunkie is a fun escape and allows for added privacy.
Thanks Mike, Linda and family for sharing your little piece of paradise.
We will be back!
I've been to a number of cottages on Trout Lake over the years, and I'd have to say that Mike and Linda's place takes top prize for this particular lake. Not only do they have every water toy imaginable (for kids and adults alike), a breezy porch, great swimming areas, a sand pit for the kids, and a view that will take your breath away, but they have the best spot on the lake. Being at the north end they get sun all day long--not just in the morning or in the evening, as any place on the east or west sides would. It's the perfect summer get-away location.
This fall, however, I took a short solo get-away, and although I knew I wouldn't be met with summer sun and water fun, I was surprised at what an enjoyable place this is in cooler months as well. Their interior is more than clean and comfortable-- it's cozy. And with hundreds of movies to watch, a sauna to relax in, and a fire to gaze at, you can't help but relax.
And did I mention the loons?
This is a winner of a stay if ever there was one!
This rental home has it all - a great view of the lake, plenty of sleeping space for the family, screened-in porch, wonderful outdoor spots whether you want sun or shade. The kitchen had everything we needed and the property was well-maintained. We loved sitting by the fire pit in the evenings and enjoying our coffee in the screened porch in the mornings. The only draw-back was that we had to leave at week's end! We wished we could have stayed longer! Looking forward to renting it again next summer.
In My ReviewNorth Shore is exactly as the pictures show, but they don’t do justice to the inside. It is very clean as well as comfortable and convenient for many different kinds of activities. I am of the “older” generation and appreciate being in the comfortable downstairs bed very handy to the bathroom. The kitchen is as fully equipped as home and the long counter makes cooking and serving very easy to the high table. One can sit at there and watch the watersports’ group play with the water toys and the variety of birds at the stocked bird feeder. If you are lucky, you get to see and hear some loons. Breakfasts or any meal at the table on the screened porch is a plus. If there should be an unseasonably cold, rainy day, the great room with its fireplace and plethora of sofas and chairs is a great place to snuggle into and read or play games. I have been fortunate to be a guest there and at several retreats for women. It’s a fine place to renew and reinvigorate oneself or the entire family during a good week with the variety of activities available.
Located just outside the Adirondack Park, the North Shore is a two hour drive from both the Canadian national capital of Ottawa and the ski jumps and shopping of Lake Placid and the High Peaks area (with its spectacular fall foliage). The 1000 Island region of the St. Lawrence River and the newly opened Wild Museum in Tupper Lake are just 1 hour away. Restaurants and grocery stores in Canton and Gouverneur are 30 minutes away. Short of the rare rainy day though, we find most folks who come as guests quickly experience a 'pace adjustment' and find it difficult to leave the water's edge. If you're truly seeking a break from it all, and some genuine peace and quiet this is the place for you!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Peak Summer 2016
Jun 25 2016 - Sep 9 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $60 per night, per additional guest|
Sep 10 2016 - Sep 23 2016
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $45 per night, per additional guest|
Sep 24 2016 - Oct 28 2016
2 night minimum stay
• Peak Rates are for groups up to 8 people, each person beyond 8 is an additional $350 up to a maximum of 11 people in the party.
• SLU Family Weekend 9/26-9/28/14 $1,000 (3 nights)
• SLU Commencement 2016 $2,000 (up to 6 nights)
• President's Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day & Columbus Day Weekends, if available, are $1,500 (3 nights)
• Sorry, but we do not rent over Thanksgiving, Xmas or New Years