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Extraordinary J.P. Morgan Adirondack Great Camp

Bedrooms 7
Separate WC's1
Space 4,800 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue


About the property

5-bedroom Main Lodge And Two 1-bedroom Cabins On Secluded Adirondack Lake

Camp Uncas, on Mohegan Lake near Raquette Lake, New York, is a compound of log and bark-covered dwellings and related structures, built by William West Durant in 1895 and owned by the J.P. Morgan and Margaret Vanderbilt Emerson families for half a century. In 2009 Camp Uncas was designated a National Historic Landmark by the Secretary of the Interior—the highest distinction for the nation’s historic properties. The 16-acre property sits on secluded Mohegan Lake, totally surrounded by the New York State Forest Preserve. There are no other private properties or state facilities on the lake. There are no motorboats. The setting is beautiful, peaceful and secluded.

There are three sections of the camp, each owned by related parties. The owners use Camp Uncas for their personal homes and occasionally allow others to use their buildings. Dr. Howard Kirschenbaum and Mary Rapp's section of the camp, which is available for rental in spring, summer and fall of 2015, includes three of the four most outstanding buildings at Camp Uncas. These three log buildings are among the finest examples of camp architecture and design in the Adirondacks. Beds, dining tables and other furnishings are almost all original rustic furnishings designed for Camp Uncas. Fireplaces are outstanding examples of masonry craftsmanship. All three dwellings are heated for comfortable use in all seasons. The buildings sit about 25-100 feet from the lakeshore. They are described below.

Main Lodge

A large Great Room includes a living room area with several couches around a large fireplace and dining tables for 12 and 6 persons. Fully-equipped kitchen. Four to five bedrooms, 3½ bathrooms. Master bedroom has a queen bed and working fireplace. Second bedroom has a queen bed plus twin bed and fireplace (non-working). Third bedroom (the “bunk room”) has two twin beds and two child-sized beds. Fourth bedroom has twin beds. Den with working fireplace/woodstove can also be used as a bedroom with its queen sleeper/sofa for two persons. Main Lodge sleeps 10 comfortably. Full bathrooms have original claw-foot bathtubs; two have showers. Washer and dryer. Large, covered, screened porch overlooking lake has a living area and a dining table for up to 12. Hot air furnace in basement provides year-round comfort.

Chingachgook Cabin

A small, self-sufficient guest cabin. Main room has two twin beds, sitting/dining area and working fireplace. Small kitchen. Stall shower and toilet. Open porch overlooking lake. Hot air furnace in basement provides year-round comfort.

Hawkeye Cabin

A self-sufficient guest cabin. Main room has two twin beds, futon couch that converts to a comfortable queen bed, living/dining area and working fireplace. Separate kitchen. Stall shower and toilet. Open porch overlooking lake. Gas wall heater for three-season comfort.


Large Adirondack 'open camp' by lakeshore. Includes queen mattress on floor. Enjoyable for outdoor sleeping, picnics, campfires.

Boat House

Covered boat building, with rowboat, two canoes, two kayaks and life-preservers available for guests.


Natural, clean, sand beach, gently sloping into lake, about 3 minutes’ walk from Main House. You can walk out on the sandy bottom until you are over your head. Additional waterfront and lawn area for sunning and swimming about 30 seconds from Main House.

Recreational and cultural activities

Miles of hiking trails from property; many more in area.

Main Lodge has DSL/wireless internet, satellite TV, DVD, stereo, and land-line phone.

Cultural opportunities at Sagamore (5 minutes); Raquette Lake (15 minutes - evening programs at Library; boat dining cruise & tour); Blue Mountain Lake (25 minutes - Adirondack Museum, Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts); Old Forge (40 minutes - View Arts Center, movies).

Excellent area restaurants, including gourmet Seventh Lake House (20 minutes), Woods Inn (25 minutes), etc.

More Details

Howie Kirschenbaum
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
25 April, 2017

About Howie Kirschenbaum

For the past 40 years, I have been active in historic preservation in the Adirondacks, including founding Adirondack Architectural Heritage, the non-profit historic preservation organization for the Adirondack Park; owning or directing Great Camp Sagamore, Camp Uncas, and White Pine Camp, advocating for Camp Santanoni, and writing books and articles on Adirondack architecture, among other activities. In 2011, I received a lifetime achievement award from the Preservation League of New York State. In 2014 my family purchased a new historic camp in the Northern Adirondacks, to which we've moved; so now we are renting Camp Uncas.

Howie Kirschenbaum purchased this lodge in 1976

Why Howie Kirschenbaum chose Adirondacks

Camp Uncas is one of the finest 'Great Camps' of the Adirondacks. It combines exceptional rustic architecture, original furnishings, a comfortable scale and design for living and entertaining, and one of the most peaceful, quiet and serene lakeside settings in the Adirondack Park. It is perfect for family vacations, family reunions, or 4-6 couples who are friends enjoying a vacation together.

What makes this lodge unique

National Landmark-quality rustic architecture.

Great swimming, boating, hiking and other recreational activities.

Relaxing around beautiful stone fireplaces with family and friends.

Large screened porch for outdoor living and dining.

Exquisite natural setting.

Great privacy but near area cultural opportunities.

All the comforts of home.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday lodge in Raquette Lake in Arietta

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , with washer and dryer
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , In Chingachgook Cabin
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , In Hawkeye Cabin
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Master bedroom, original log bed, working fireplace
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , original log beds, fireplace, non-working
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , 2 Child Bed , Orig log beds; one must walk through this room to get to BR4
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , Original log beds
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Den and/or bedroom; Queen; working fireplace w. woodstove
    Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed , In Chingachgook Cabin; original log beds; working fireplace
    Bedroom 7 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Hawkeye Cabin: orig log beds; queen futon; working fireplace
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


5/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)

Extraordinary J.P. Morgan Adirondack Great Camp
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Camp Uncas, the best Adirondack vacation ever...

  • 5 of 5

I rented this property for ten days this summer, including Labor Day, and entertained different family members and friends during the week. This is an extraordinary property that is as authentic as you can get. It is one of the finest Adirondack Great Camps and to stay here was an honor and a privilege. The minute you turn on to Sagamore Road your blood pressure drops and you enter a very private and peaceful place. Traveling through the woods on the dirt road prepares you for what lies at the end of the drive. The historic and important property is situated on a beautiful peninsula overlooking pristine, private Lake Mohegan with breathtaking views everywhere you look. My guests enjoyed canoeing, kayaking, reading, swimming, napping and hiking. We also enjoyed making meals together in the well equipped kitchen and just enjoying each other's company. The screened in porch was a gathering place for breakfast and lunch each day and we had cocktails on the deck of Chingachgook Cottage or on the screened in porch to watch the sunset, and listen to the loons. When the temperature dropped in the evening, we moved inside to light a fire in the beautiful fireplace in the great room which also has a dining table and chairs to accommodate 12 people!. There was plenty of fire wood and my young guests enjoyed laying the fire each morning for that night's enjoyment. My guests are still talking about our time at Camp Uncas and fondly remember the solitude, peacefulness and beauty of the place. Architecturally this is an Adirondack masterpiece and it is in remarkable condition. To be living in J.P. Morgan's house for 10 days was also a special experience for me as I work in financial services and do business with J.P. Morgan every day! I also enjoyed sitting at the Adirondack styled rustic desk in the family room to check my emails once each day, and YES, the wireless connection was great, even though we were so far into the woods. All in all, I cannot say enough about Great Camp Uncas and the most memorable 10 days that I enjoyed there with my family and friends. We will be returning again in the near future!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Jersey, USA

Summer Fun by All!

  • 5 of 5

We had our family reunion at Camp Uncas two weeks ago. It was absolutely perfect for our three generations of 12: power walk to the gate, boating/fishing all day, hiking on site and beyond, and visiting the Sagamore Institute. Enjoyed learning about the history of Adirondack's Great Camps. The accommodation was just right and flexible. We planed ahead with food supplies and dinner menu to minimize time to the grocery store. I was a bit concerned about the basic grill, but it worked out just fine; we grilled four nights and dessert with S'mores. Totally agree with the previous reviewer, what a unique spot, and yes, it's a once in a lifetime experience for sure!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Last summer I took a bath in JP Morgan's tub!

  • 5 of 5

Camp Uncas is a once in a lifetime experience. A famous Great Camp meticulously restored, beautifully furnished and excitingly secluded. Imagine your own lake at the end of a private driveway several miles long. We spent a magical week there with three generations. Can't recommend it enough!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Miles and miles of hiking trails and mountain climbs walkable from the property and within 5-30 minute drives to trailheads. Boating on Mohegan Lake and on many lakes and streams in the area.

Cultural opportunities at Sagamore (5 minutes); Raquette Lake (15 minutes - evening programs at Library; boat dining cruises & tours); Blue Mountain Lake (25 minutes - Adirondack Museum, Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts); Old Forge (40 minutes - View Arts Center, movies).

Excellent area restaurants, including gourmet Seventh Lake House (20 minutes), Woods Inn (25 minutes), etc.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday lodge in Raquette Lake, New York

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
4 May 2017 - 29 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
30 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 15 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Property may be rented without Hawkeye Cabin for $6,000 per week in summer and fall and $4,500 in spring.

A 50% deposit is due with reservation.
Balance is due one week before arrival.
Cancellation policy: Deposit is refundable if property is rented during the time that had been reserved.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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