The 4,383-acre Cedarlands Scout Reservation is available to the market for the first time in over five decades. Cedarlands’ expansive scouting campus, two pristine lakes and six square miles of managed, conserved timberlands represent a very rare purchase opportunity within the heart of the Adirondack Park. The focal point of the property is the stunning McRorie Lake, a 400-acre clear-water lake with extensive beach frontage, pine-covered islands and magnificent mountain views, all accessible from the base camp area of the property. In the southwestern quadrant of the campus is the equally compelling 60-acre Mud Pond, a favorite fishing destination. The property’s timber is well-managed, protected by conservation easement and contributes significantly to the property’s market value. Major species include high-value maple, birch, ash, spruce-fir and white pine sawlogs. The property is in a highly desirable location near Long Lake in the heart of the Adirondack Park and is accessible by float plane.
Road access to the property is from the end of Kickerville Road, a town-maintained artery connecting the neighborhood with the nearby Route 30 corridor. From the Base Camp Area, a well-established network of roads and trails extends around the western shoreline of McRorie Lake and provides good recreational and forest management access to the undeveloped timberland area and to the summits of OA, Walker and Masters Mountains. McRorie Lake is reported to be 45 feet deep with game fish such as largemouth and smallmouth bass and yellow perch. The 60-acre Mud Pond lies south of the Base Camp and offers an excellent fishing, wildlife viewing and quiet boating.
Cedarlands Base Camp has served as the center of scouting activities for decades. It is outfitted with over 20 buildings within its lake front envelope providing immediate group camp infrastructure or weekend retreat options. The current accommodations can sleep 35 in the buildings, with an additional 10 seasonal tent sites that can host up to 280 camping guests. The McRorie Building, the 2,300-square-foot main lodge and trading post built around 2010, is the center-piece of the campus. Its cathedral ceilings, Adirondack-style architecture and décor could serve equally well as a private family lodge or as an office for a future group camp facility.
Complementing Cedarlands’ spectacular lakefront campus are over three thousand acres of productive Adirondack forestlands which pave the way for long-term asset appreciation, wealth preservation and periodic harvest income. Cedarlands’ naturally diverse, professionally-managed forest resource includes a favorable species composition driven by sugar and red maple, the birches, ash, cherry and spruce/fir. An October 2015 timber inventory revealed a Capital Timber Value of nearly $2.5 million.
There is a conservation easement on the property, held by The Nature Conservancy and New York State Department of Conservation. The goal of the easement is to protect Cedarlands Scout Reservation’s significant natural resources and biodiversity for generations to come, to limit future development opportunities to the Base Camp area of the property and to allow for limited public recreational access to portions of the campus.