ACA Camp at Lake Sebago and Sebago Canoe Club Cabin – New Fees and Rules for 2018
As a member of Sebago Canoe Club (and the American Canoe Association), you have access to the American Canoe Association’s lovely private camp on the shores of Lake Sebago, in Harriman State Park. The ACA camp is a great place to paddle, and people from all over the metro area come to spend a few hours, paddle, go hiking, take a swim, and go home again or possibly stay overnight.
All members of our Brooklyn club are encouraged to join the ACA – ACA membership is required if you wish to visit the camp. You qualify for a discounted ACA membership as a member of Sebago, which is a Paddle America Club (PAC). You will pay $30 for an individual ($40 for a family) when you become an ACA member and note that you are a member of Sebago. When you receive your ACA card, you get all the benefits of membership in that nationwide organization, including use of the ACA camp. Visit americancanoe.org to purchase or renew your membership.
To get to the camp, take the New York State Thruway north to Exit 15A, Sloatsburg/Suffern. Take Route 17 north to Seven Lakes Drive. Turn right and go exactly 3.2 miles. After you have passed the entrance to Harriman State Park, the ACA camp will be down the first road on your left. The sign says SB2: ADK and Nawakwa. If you are on Seven Lakes Drive and you see the lake on your left, you have passed the entrance to the camp
You MUST SIGN IN and PAY ACA CAMP FEES at the Pavilion at the top of the hill every day you are there. NO PETS of any kind are allowed in the ACA camp.
There is a day usage fee at the camp: $10 for each adult and $5 for each child, up to a maximum of $20 per family. These are the fees for ACA members. If you bring a guest with you, and they are not an ACA member (even if they are a Sebago member) the fees are $15 for an adult and $5 for a child. Why more? The additional fee is for insurance while your guest is in the camp or on the water.
If your guest is going to come with you several times in a season, you may decide to purchase ACA membership for them instead of paying the higher non-member fees. An individual membership costs $40, and a family can join for $60. You can find information at americancanoe.org, at the Pavilion, or from the camp director, Linda Peterson, in cabin C-25 up the hill.
If you find yourself at the camp frequently, you may purchase a season pass instead of paying every day you visit. It costs $65 for an adult, $50 for a senior (over 65), $30 for a child (under 18), or $150 for a family, and is good from May 1 through October 15. You can get an application at the Pavilion, from the camp director, or you can download one at: aca-atlanticdivisionblog.com/aca-camp-at-lake-sebago/season-pass/. Remember, you must still sign in to the camp every day, even if you have a season pass.
If you plan to spend the night at the lake, you have several options. Like some other area clubs, Sebago Canoe Club has its own cabin, and you can have the key if you are a senior member. You can still use the cabin as a conditional member, but you must be there overnight with a senior member. You must make a reservation to spend the night at the club’s cabin. This is to ensure that there is room for you, as there are sometimes classes at the lake that take up all six beds! (See below for additional rules on Sebago cabin reservations *)
There are three bedrooms, each with two twin beds, plus there is a single bed in the main room. You should bring all bedding with you, as none is provided except a mattress. There is a refrigerator, a stove and oven, a microwave and electricity, but no running water in the cabin. Toilets and showers are available in a camp facility that is close by.
Fees for using the Sebago Canoe Club cabin overnight are $10 per person for Sebago members, with a maximum per family of $20 each night. Non-members pay $20 for each overnight, with a maximum per family of $40 each night. A family consists of 2 adults and 2 children under 18 years of age. Non-Sebago members are required to pay a $10 equipment usage fee per person when joining a trip, training session or class and using Sebago boats, paddles and PFDs. You must pay your fees in the box in the cabin, using the envelopes provided.
Remember to SIGN IN at the CABIN, noting your dates of arrival and departure. The fees and sign-in are IN ADDITION to fees and sign-in for the ACA CAMP. You MUST PAY your ACA CAMP day usage fee separately from your payment for using the CABIN. We cannot do it for you.
If the cabin is full, or if you are interested in having your own space, the ACA camp has several facilities that can be rented for a night, a weekend or a few weeks. These include four rental cabins and a tent site. Complete information on what is available and how to reserve can be found at aca-atlanticdivisionblog.com/aca-rental-cabins-at-lake-sebago. Make reservations as early as possible. There are also several motels in the area.
Whether you visit for a day or a week, take advantage of your access to Lake Sebago. It is an incredible resource, just one hour away from the city. You will meet people from all over the world who have lots in common with you: paddling and love of the outdoors. The camp has been around since the Great Depression, and many families have been paddling and roughing it there for generations. Visitors often say they feel like they are in the Adirondacks when they are there.
If you have any questions, if you are a senior member and you would like a key to the cabin, or if you want to make reservations, please contact the cabin steward, Beth Bloedow, at BethBloedow@netzero.com or 718 241 9130 (phone or text).
* Sebago Cabin Rules:
- No one can reserve the cabin exclusively for their group. You must be ready to share with anyone who may arrive.
- No member, including those with approved cabin reservations, can deny reasonable use of cabin facilities to other members and their guests. This includes the living room and kitchen areas, refrigerator and freezer space, cooking facilities and outdoor area. All cooking activities are to be conducted in a timely manner to accommodate any other members who may wish to use the cabin facilities including cooking, kitchen, and refrigerator. All lights and sound must be lowered after 10 pm by request of any member who is also residing in the cabin.
- All users of the cabin are expected to follow reasonable standards of behavior as arrived at by common consent of the other residents at that time. The Cabin Steward may be appealed to for help if conflicts arise. The Cabin Steward is often in camp and can be contacted by phone or text at 718 241 9130 any time.