Thursday, August 11, 2022

Land of the Waving Grass

 In mid-June we decided to venture out a little bit further than our backyard with the new pup and Nana and explore a new area we haven't visited before. This took us to Upstate New York, into the Adirondack Mountains. We found a cute little cabin situated on Great Sacandaga Lake.  The lake is situated about 30 minutes away from Saratoga Springs & Lake George, making it the perfect location for day trips.

The word Sacandaga means "Land of the Waving Grass" in the local native language. 

The lake was established to serve as a reservoir. Produced by damming the Sacandaga River, to control flooding on the Hudson River. The lake has 41.7 square miles of surface area and 46 miles of shoreline. It is 29 miles long and 5 miles wide, at its widest point. Its average depth is 32 feet deep, with a max depth of 70 feet deep. 

 With most of the lake's shoreline being dotted with vacation homes, campsites, or private resorts, we were lucky enough to have private access to the lake with our cabin rental. With a spot to swim & fish. But with such luck, the lake was at its highest point, covering the sandy beachy area, to which we had access. This didn't stop us from jumping off the docks in to the dark, freezing waters of the lake. Some of us more willingly than others. It was a beautiful and peaceful surrounding to swim in.

                                     The docks at our cabin rental at Watersedge Campground.

Great Sacandaga Lake is home to many varieties of fish. Including walleye, northern pike, small mouth bass, rock bass, smelt, rainbow trout, brown trout, yellow perch, land locked salmon, pumpkin seed sunfish, & brown bull head. There are four public access points around the lake, including two state boat launches. Although we didn't get to cast a line during this trip, I would love to be able to come back for a weekend and give it a try. Maybe once the seasons change, we can take the trip and do some ice fishing. 

There is a long history of fishing in this area.  Many wealthy businessmen built their fish camps here in the 1700's. One of the most notable was Sir William Johnson's Fishing camp "Fish House."
Sir William Johnson was one of the largest landowners in America at the time he built his Fish House in 1762 in this area of the Adirondack's. It's said that the Fish House was burnt during the Revolution, many say by Johnson's own son, Sir John Johnson, who remained loyal to the Crown and led a Tory raid in the area. 
Surrounding the ruins of Sir William Johnson's camp, a community was established by some of the wealthiest American's. The streets were filled with large estates, hotels, and were elm lined, unlike many of the other communities in the area. 
But this area was very prone to flooding. So, in 1922 the state regulation board purchased 29,000 acres of land in this area. They razed building, emptied cemeteries and built a dam in Conklingville. 
In 1930 they closed the gates and flooded the area, making Great Sacandaga Lake. Leaving the community and Sir William Johnson's house at the bottom of the lake. 
Today if you drive down Country route 110, near its intersection of country route 109 there is a plaque that indicates that "Fish House" lies 1500 feet Northeast of this marker. 

                                       Marker country route 110, near intersection with route 109

                                                                  Conklingville Dam

If you're interested in learning more history about this area Author Glen Pearsall is an author that focuses on the history of the Adirondack's very well.  He has several novels out about it, but also contribute to the Adirondack Almanack online. 

The deer were plentiful on the property we were on. This little beauty stopped by every morning, with a few friends to say hello. As Pops always said, if only they were that friendly during hunting season. 

The View from our cabin was so beautiful. It was so peaceful and relaxing to sit on the back porch and look out across the lake. 

We were lucky enough to be there for the full moon, and it didn't disappoint. 

In fact, the views all around the lake didn't disappoint. 

We would love to see these views in the fall, when all the foliage is changing. 

Maverick loved all the nature watching off the back porch too. 

Jeanette, Alan & Carol riding around on the golf cart. One of the favorite activities of the week.
We have to get one of these for home.  

We had a great time in Upstate New York. Really enjoyed the solitude and the beauty of our surroundings. We can't wait to head back up there again and enjoy all this area has to offer. 

Family photo before we hit the road. 
Jeanette, Alan, Maverick, Gary, Carol, & Krystina

                                 I think its ok with Maverick, too. He's mastered this road tripping thing. 


  1. Great pictures! Love knowing how everyone is getting along.

  2. I came to re-visit some of the old posts and was pleasantly surprised to find a new one too. There are lots of places to explore in the Adirondacks!

    1. It seems like there are plenty of places to explore there. We look forward to getting back soon and finding some more fun places.

  3. Wonderful to see you all enjoying time together in that beautiful place.
    With kindest Regards,

  4. Alan,
    As a native New Yorker it is good to see you had a great time in our fair state. My brother and I just completed a fishing trip to northern Ontario. We caught many fine fish including some trophy brook trout. It is an experience I would have shared with your dad. He is missed much.

    1. JJ, That sounds like a great time. Pops would have really enjoyed hearing of your adventures and getting to see the beautiful brook trout. Thank you for continuing to think of him, we miss him every day.

  5. Its a plus when family can get together especially when it involves the lake, streams and mountains----thanks for sharing

    1. It really is wonderful to be able spend time out together in beautiful surroundings.

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  7. I am glad to see the family that are united and enjoying the holidays, I send you a big hug and affectionate greeting with love...great pictures..

  8. Thanks for sharing your vacation!