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Blue Heron Boathouse Cabins - Sundown in Lake Bonaparte

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vacation rental description

Wake to the sound of water lapping against the docks. Watch the ducks parade by your deck every morning and evening. Hear the loons call and see the herons float by. The fish jump as you enjoy the sunset. Rent a boathouse right on the water on the East Shore of Bonaparte, a crystal clear lake on the western edge of the Adirondacks. (Named after Joseph Bonaparte, brother of Napoleon and once King of Spain who fled to America and had a refuge right on the lake.)

Two boathouses, side by side, offer comfortable living quarters over the water. (Look for "Blue Heron Boathouse Cabins - Waterloo" on this site to see the other one.) With fully equipped kitchens and modern baths, you can enjoy the comforts of home while you have easy access to a sandy swimming area, to a canoe for exploring the lake, and a family recreation area lighted at night. With picnic tables, swings, a sand box, playhouse, horseshoe pit and fire ring, there is something for all ages.

These are seasonal cottages. We rent them from May 15 - October 31.

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Carolyn Gaebel 315-778-2042

cabin rental amenities

Each boathouse has an over-the-water deck or porch; sleeps six; has an eat-in kitchen equipped with blender, coffee maker, microwave, and all dishes & pots & pans; a bath with shower; and is stocked with books, puzzles and games, a TV and DVD/CD/VCR player. The nearby village of Harrisville has a grocery, farm market, restaurants, and a library. Carthage to the west has a laundromat.

Each boathouse has its own boat slip and we have caught bass right off the decks, along with perch, blue gills and bullheads. Camping has never been easier, more comfortable or more fun.

activities and attractions in Lake Bonaparte Adirondacks

Fishing, swimming, boating, flea markets, Splash Mountain in Old Forge, Charterboat fishing on Lake Ontario, antiquing, golf, hiking, biking and scenic driving in the Adirondack State Park, shopping and riding the ski lifts to see the mountain views in Lake Placid, country music festivals, Thoroughbred Horse Racing in Saratoga, Casinos at Turning Stone, and much more. All this within a 2 hour drive of your cabin or right at the lake.

Lake Bonaparte is rich with deep water Brown Lake Trout, Large Mouth Bass, Great Northern Pike, Perch, Blue Gills, and Bull Heads. The lake is great for sail boats, canoes and kayaks, power boats & jet skis, water skiing, tubing, etc. Many inlets and shoals. It has a 25 mile shoreline with all the inlets. See otters, ducks, blue herons, loons, deer (I saw one swimming in the lake once!) Lake Bonaparte is a wildlife paradise, a vibrant living lake on a limestone bed, untouched by acid rain or pollution. Come check it out!

vacation rental rates

Sundown Boathouse: $900/week, $150/night

Boathouses rent from Saturday to Saturday May 16-Sept 5, 2 night minimum May 2-16 & Sept 5-Oct 5

Reservations made April 1st or earlier are confirmed with receipt of one half the rate.  The balance is due May 1 of the season.  Reservations made after May 1 are confirmed by full payment only. See cancellation policy below.

Check in 2 PM
Check out 11 AM

Guests supply own bed linens, towels, paper goods and groceries. No meals provided. Guests supply their own bed linens, towels, paper goods and groceries. No meals are provided.  No maid service during your stay.  Broom, Vac & cleaning supplies on hand for your use during longer stays.

Linens provided for $25.

Row Boat available to rent - $40/week, $10/day.

Free use of Canoe with boathouse rental.

Deposit for Life Jackets $10, or bring your own.

Email the owner to confirm available dates, then you will be invoiced online and you can pay by credit card or check online through PayPal - safe, secure, with none of your financial information disclosed to anyone.

Cancellation Policy:

Whether the prospective guest has paid a deposit, or the full rate, for a stay in one of our Boathouse Cabins, if the guest cancels the reservation on or before May 1 for any reason whatsoever, we will refund the reservation payment in full.  If the reservation is cancelled at any time after May 1, we will make every effort to rent the boathouse for the formerly reserved period to another guest.  If we are successful in renting the boathouse to another guest, the deposit or full rate paid will be refunded in full within 14 days of that successful re-booking of the boathouse, by check or internet payment via PayPal (no fee to the cancelling guest).  If we are not successful in finding another guest for that time slot, the deposit or paid reservation fee is retained. 

If the boathouse which has been reserved by a prospective guest for a specific time period is unavailable to that guest by reason of storm, fire, wind or any other kind of damage; or failure of the local electrical service, well water supply, plumbing or a major appliance (range, refrigerator, water heater), such that comfortable enjoyment of the premises is not possible for that period,  the pro-rated rate for the part of the period the boathouse was reserved and is unavailable for the guest’s use will be refunded.  The rate for rainy days is not refundable.

Carolyn Gaebel is a NYS Licensed Real Estate Sales Person with Exit More Real Estate, 18874 US RT 11 Watertown NY 13601.

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Top things to do in Lake Bonaparte
  • Swimming, Sunning
  • Fishing - Bass, Pike, Lake Trout
  • Canoeing Around the Inlets
  • Feed the Fish & Ducks
  • Pitching Horseshoes
Top things to do on a budget
  • Hiking, Bicycling
  • Bird & Wildlife Watching (Hear the Loons)
  • Explore the Oswegotchie River
  • Dinners on the Deck or Porch
  • Make S'mores & Sing around the Campfire
Top things to do with a family
  • Splash Down in Old Forge
  • Charter Fishing in Old Forge
  • Ride the Ski Lifts in Lake Placid
  • Horse Racing in Saratoge
  • Boat Tours of the Thousand Islands

Carolyn Gaebel , owner

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traveler reviews for this lake bonaparte cabin rental

Our family loves the boathouses. We go every year.

Review submitted: February 1, 2012   Date of arrival: August 13, 2011

I love how there is something for everyone to do. My daughter loves reading & sleeping in the loft and playing with the neighbor's cat. My husband loves sunning on the deck, fishing and biking, and I love swimming out to the little island for exercise. We love eating out on the deck too. It's all so relaxing! And they have cell reception too, even out in the woods like that. We go back every year in August and certainly would recommend it to others.

Recommended for: age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, romantic getaway

Owners response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay in the boathouse. Thank you for your review. We are filling up fast for 2012 season. We hope you come again to see us.

Helpful votes: 2 / 2


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Review submitted: July 6, 2011   Date of arrival: June 25, 2011

The description of the rental property was accurate. There was plenty of room for family of four. In addition, there was a loft with 2 beds. The house was clean and well kept. The view from the back deck was awesome. A very relaxing place.

Recommended for: families with young children, families with teenagers

Helpful votes: 4 / 5


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