An Invitation to the Raquette Lake Steamboat Camp

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An Invitation to the Raquette Lake Steamboat Camp

Post by Kelly Anderson » Sun Apr 18, 2021 9:17 pm

Fellow Steamboaters,

I trust that this finds you all in good health and ready to meet the new steamboating season!

Raquette Lake, New York is a perfect steamboating lake, with 99 miles of shore line, surrounded by mountains, with two navigable rivers, and naturally tannin treated water that is perfect for our boilers. The shores of the lake are much less developed than say, Lake Winnipesaukee (for example). There is a highway on one side of the lake only, and the village of Raquette Lake only has one store (with ice cream!), and one eating place. Most camps on the lake have water access only. In the 19th century, Raquette Lake was a popular destination for the Robber Barons to have summer "camps", some of which are still active, such as C. P Huntington's "Pine Knot". The lake featured a fleet of steam launches to carry these well-heeled passengers to their camps.

As you may have heard, a number of us have been renting a house with limited sleeping capacity on Raquette Lake every August since 2002, and have come to see steamboat camp as the best week of the year. Starting in 2019, we shifted our base to the Raquette Lake Girl's Camp https://raquettelake.com/, whose huge capacity opened up the possibility of nearly unlimited potential attendance for others in our hobby. The girls all return to school by mid August, which gives us an opportunity to rent the facility between then and when the camp is winterized.

Pre-Covid, the Raquette Lake Girl's Camp had locked in our schedule by February 15th, but like everywhere else, 2020 had left them in disarray, and running late trying to plan the new season. However, I have now heard from the camp, and the word is that the dates are for us to arrive on Sunday August 22 in the afternoon and depart on Saturday August 28 in the morning (they have wedding receptions scheduled for Saturday the 21st and Saturday the 28th and so will need time to prepare the dining hall for the events). I had been hoping for a start date of August 16th to give us the longest downtime between Steamboat Camp and Lee's Mills, but other people's wedding plans put the kibosh on that idea (weddings pay higher rents to the camp than steamboaters).

Pricing will be $600 per person for the week, plus roughly $16 per person for insurance, plus signing a liability waiver, are all required by the camp.
That price includes:
• Lodging for six nights. For the first eleven that request one, a very small "motel room" (usually staff quarters) with a queen sized bed and private bath, or barring that, a bunk in a very nice bunk house. You supply your own sheets, blankets, pillows, towels & soap.
• Seventeen meals for the week, prepared by a professional chef, including box lunch “kits” for the days that we are out boating at lunch time.
• Access to the dining hall 24/7 for our use as a social hall for games and puzzles.
• Access to the camp's ramp (the village also has a ramp of better quality about a mile away) and ample docks.
• Ample parking for trailers and tow vehicles.
• Sorry, no swimming at the camp. We would need to pay for a lifeguard to be allowed to do that at the camp. There are plenty of other beaches etc. around the lake open to swimming at your own risk.

In previous years, wood fuel has generously been supplied free of charge by the Raquette Lake Supply store in town. I believe that will also be the case this year.

Generally, stays of a partial week are not allowed, but for example should you be able to stay the first half of the week, and have a friend who can stay the second half, so together you count as one person for the entire week, I will check with the camp management to see if that is acceptable to them.

The deadline for signing up is August 1st. I request a refundable $200 per person deposit when you sign up to join us.

If you are interested in hearing more or attending Steamboat Camp this year, reply to this post, email, or call me.

Feel free to raise any questions as you think of them. Feel free to forward this information to others who may be interested in attending.

Sincerely,
Kelly Anderson
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Re: An Invitation to the Raquette Lake Steamboat Camp

Post by RNoe » Mon Apr 19, 2021 2:22 am

Sounds wonderful!
Are there options for meals that won't disable us, such as gluten free?
That is unfortunately a requirement for survive for some of us.
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Re: An Invitation to the Raquette Lake Steamboat Camp

Post by Kelly Anderson » Mon Apr 19, 2021 3:04 am

I will ask. A reply may be slow in coming in that the start of their season is still some time off.
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Re: An Invitation to the Raquette Lake Steamboat Camp

Post by Kelly Anderson » Mon Apr 19, 2021 3:49 pm

I received an answer more quickly than I expected. "We can accommodate the gluten free participants. We just need to know how many so we can prepare."
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Re: An Invitation to the Raquette Lake Steamboat Camp

Post by RNoe » Tue Apr 20, 2021 12:56 am

Kelly:
Thank you for your efforts.
The food issues are an unfortunate limitation for many events.
But things are improving, as your information illustrates.
Thank you.
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Re: An Invitation to the Raquette Lake Steamboat Camp

Post by fredrosse » Tue Apr 20, 2021 3:02 am

Sounds great, I will try to attend this year. Thanks for posting.
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Re: An Invitation to the Raquette Lake Steamboat Camp

Post by Kelly Anderson » Tue Apr 20, 2021 6:18 pm

Fred,

That's great! Send me an email, and I will add you to the list.

Thanks,

Kelly
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Post by TahoeSteam » Thu Apr 22, 2021 7:46 pm

Wow. That's an outstanding deal! What a neat idea! Wish I was closer.
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