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Superb Lake House For Your Family Vacation - Trout Lake Waterfront

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

2 BR in Main House (sleeps 6-8) Bunkhouse (sleeps 5-6 WARM WEATHER ONLY) 2 Bath

Now reserving for Summer of 2018. 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

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.).

More Details

Rev. Mike Catanzaro
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 12, 2018

About 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 ( 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 (

Daughter Nicole is currently in graduate school at Syracuse University studying Library and Archival Science and water skis every chance she gets; son Tucker is 17 and a senior applying to colleges and is mad about fishing and knee-boarding; and, last but not least, Arlo is 15 and in the 10th grade and loves playing Gin Rummy, watching MASH, and exploring the stunning world of his imagination.

Rev. Mike Catanzaro purchased this house in 2004

Why Rev. Mike Catanzaro chose Hermon

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; wanting for nothing else.

What makes this house unique

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 direct 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, with no bugs 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.


Hermon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Down Stairs Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bunk House - 1 queen , 1 double , 2 twin/ single , VCR/DVD & TV
    Screened Porch - 1 sleep sofa /futon , For Those Hot Sticky Nights
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    First Floor Bedroom - 1 queen
  • The master bedroom is located on the 2nd floor with a wonderful king sized bed at one end and a sleeping nook with two twin beds at the other (there is also a twin couch/futon); and has two ceiling fans and two stand-up fans. The downstairs bedroom is off the kitchen and also has its own outside entrance; and has a ceiling fan. There is a queen sized futon on the screened porch for those hot sticky nights when you want to fall asleep to a gentle breeze and the sound of water lapping the shore. All sheets are 100% cotton, and there plenty of pillows and blankets. The bunk house is a world unto itself, with a new queen bed, full bed, and a bunk bed suitable for kids (the bunk house also has fans, a VCR/DVD player & TV). A great place for kids, a couple or 2nd family. Plenty of dresser space in each sleeping area. A portable playpen/sleep bed suitable for a toddler is also available.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Motorboat
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Pedal Boat
  • Raft
  • Sailboat
  • Sand Box
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
  • autumn foliage
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • sledding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Our kitchen is fully equipped with just about everything you would want: 2 coffee makers (one for decaf and one for regular!), waffle maker, food processor, pizza stones, commercial grade blender (for the daiquiris, of course), new microwave oven, new gas stove, dishwasher, top mount fridge, 2 toasters, Fiesta ware dishes, power juicer, ice cream making ball (bring your own rock salt!), all kinds of spices, panini maker, corkscrew (in case you forget), electric frying pan, ice bucket, additional apartment sized fridge in the pantry and an additional dorm sized fridge on the porch. Herb garden out back. All water is from a drilled well and is excellent. Washer and dryer. Plenty of line space to dry wet suits and towels. Sauna. 200+ videos and DVDs (both for adults and kids). Board games, cards, toys. Fireplace for a cozy evening, monitor heater for a cool morning. Pub style dining room table (set higher up to see lake) seats 10. Ceiling fans in kitchen, dining room & porch.


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Superb Lake House For Your Family Vacation - Trout Lake Waterfront
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

No schedules to keep here!

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd trip to Mike and Linda's home on Trout Lake. First trip was with extended family 3 years ago. We were so happy with our first visit that we knew we would be back. This visit was just with immediate family (4 adults and 2 teens). Beautiful piece property on the North Shore; wish we could post pictures here (we took so many). So much provided with the home inside and out; definitely a home away from home. Family enjoyed kayaking, canoeing, swimming (floating dock hit with kids), fishing (off dock and from boat), sailing (husband's favorite thing to do) and Mike personally took time from his schedule to take kids tubing/water skiing. Reading in the quiet mornings by the water and lots of laughs playing cards in the screened-in porch every night before heading out to campfire for s'mores! The hospitality of the Catanzaro family is exceptional.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: A wonderful family who really knows how to enjoy lake life. We were thrilled to have them back as our guests.
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  • 5 of 5

Photos do not do this house and lake proper justice. House has every possible amenity, tons of boats, toys and things to do. Extremely clean and well kept. Appreciated Mike taking us out fishing to show us the "spots" and his hospitality at every turn. Firewood was even included. Front porch overlooking the lake is fantastic. Would recommend without hesitation or reservation (well, you should get a reservation). Looking forward to returning next summer.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful and peaceful time for all!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 7 and two additional small children had plenty of room and loads of fun at the cottage on Trout Lake. The swimming was excellent for both adults and children. The fishing boat was ideal and there were many other water activities to enjoy. The cottage was very clean and definitely adequate in space. Our favorite hangout was the huge screened in porch. The owner was very accommodating in every way. We were looking for a peaceful, quiet, and relaxing rental and found it here!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

A fantastic lake house on a crystal clear lake! The home is comfortable, clean, fully stocked with all the amenities, and a view that looks like it comes from a magazine! Our family of 5 had plenty of room, and when the other 4 extended family members showed up - we still had plenty of room! The bunkhouse was a hit with the kids along with the kayaks, tubes, canoe and fishing boat. We took advantage of all it had to offer. The owner welcomed us like we were apart of his family. Evenings were spent staring at the sky full of stars and watching movies from the enormous movie collection. It was an easy trip into town for groceries (the roads are a little bumpy) but the scenery is beautiful.....deer, ponds with a beaver den, milk farms and lots of open spaces. If your looking for family bonding, peace and tranquility ....this is the place.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A delightful and gracious family we were pleased to have as our guests.
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BEST vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5

I wish there were a billion stars to rate our vacation on Trout Lake! We had 2 couples and a combined 5 kids between the ages of 11 and 15 (3 girls and 2 boys). Not only is the North Shore absolutely incredible, you won't get any nicer or accommodating hosts than Mike and Linda! Their goal was to make sure we had our best vacation ever and boy did they deliver! Mike came out 2 days and took our kids tubing, which was all of their favorite part of the trip! They had every water toy imaginable for us and the kids - from a motorized fishing boat to kayaks, to a sunfish sailboat, rafts, a floating dock, a paddleboard and a pedal boat, which we explored the nearby coves on. The best part for me was that not once did I hear "I'm bored"! The one and only day that we ventured away from the lake (a day trip to The Wild Center" and Lake Placid), all the kids wanted to do was get back to "their lake". We had gorgeous weather all week and absolutely hated to say goodbye to our little piece of paradise. If you want a vacation that you and your family can reconnect on and that you can enjoy the simple pleasures of relaxing at the lake, playing board games and yard games, having s'mores by the campfire at night, sitting on the porch or lying in the hammock and reading a great book or sipping a glass of wine, this is the perfect place and the perfect vacation for you. The funny thing was that we live in FL and I so wanted to explore the Thousand Islands but I couldn't pull myself away from the lake for a moment to go and explore - but I wouldn't have changed a single minute of this wonderful vacation! Thanks so much for sharing your paradise, Mike and Linda!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our favorite vacation spot!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles

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!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

• 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 Commencement 2018 $3,500 (up to 7 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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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