LAKE SEBAGO CABIN CALENDAR
LAKE SEBAGO CABIN RULES
SKILL DEVELOPMENT AT
ACA Lake Sebago information
LAKE SEBAGO CABIN RESERVATIONS
Please remember to sign in every day at the Hilltop Lodge/Al Musial Pavilion and indicate you are with the YPRC
Area: 297 acres; maximum depth: 37 feet
Open for paddling April I through November 30 (from the Lake Sebago Launchsite)
If launching boats from points other than the ACA camp, a boating permit is required, which can be obtained at Tiorati Circle. Bring boat PFD and paddle. $30/boat - $15 for gate key to all the lakes.
Sebago is the largest lake in the Harriman State Park and has six miles of shoreline that offer splendid paddling. The wildest portion of the lake extends in a northeast-southwest orientation, and a long arm extends to the north from its midpoint. Prominent fish species include Largemouth bass, Smallmouth bass, and Chain pickerel. The lake also hosts frogs, turtles, at least 2 beaver lodges and numerous birds. Sebago's shoreline is rocky. Massive slabs of granite and gneiss, a metamorphic rock, extend down into the water in places, some carpeted with mosses and polypody fern. Along the banks grow thick stands of mountain laurel, which automaty online is spectacular when in bloom in June. Highbush blueberry also grows in profusion here, so if you're paddling in August, you may want to bring along a container and pick some.
The surrounding woodlands, comprised almost entirely of deciduous trees include oaks (white, chestnut, scarlet, and red), beech, hickory, black birch, white ash, sugar maple, black locust, witch hazel, and American chestnut. Once one of the most abundant and economically important trees in the Northeast, the chestnut succumbed to the chestnut blight in the early 1900s. Saplings still sprout from rootstock, but these typically die after reaching 20 or 30 feet. The open woodlands around Lake Sebago invite exploration. Take the time to explore the woods from shore, or hike some of the 200 miles of trails, including the Appalachian Trail, that extend throughout the park. Even while paddling on the lake one can see lots of deer browsing along the shore, beavers, mallard ducks, loons and herons. An extensive swimming beach at the northern tip of Lake Sebago which included two picnic areas, playgrounds, and ball fields has been closed for the last few years and makes for a fun paddling destination and place to explore.
In addition to the ACA, there are several other group camping and cabin locations scattered around the southern section of the lake.
YPRC Club members can use the YPRC cabin for no additional fee until 6p everyday for picnicking, changing clothes and using the kitchen. To stay overnight, there is a $15/night additional fee. (See Cabin Rental.) Cabin overnight renters have exclusive use of the building after 6:00pm
The ACA camp at Lake Sebago in Harriman State Park can be reached by car, but please be aware that, except for Open House Events, there is a locked cable-chain that crosses the road which requires a key. It is a three mile hike from public transportation, ie. the nearest stop on the Shortline Bus line (800) 631-8405.
From the NY Thruway 287/87, heading North from NYC or the Tappan Zee Bridge get off at Exit 15-A, the Sloatsburg exit. Note: this exit is only a few years old and may not be found on some maps, also, unless you have 18 wheels, there are no tolls yet in that direction, no matter what your map says. Continue North on Rt 17, turn right onto Seven Lakes Drive and continue approx 3-3/4 miles until on your left you see a small sign marked ACA on a one lane a dirt road. Carefully continue up this road and bear to your right when you see the sign ADK on another locked road (that's the Adirondak Mountain Club, who also maintains a camp on the lake). You will then see a sign ACA, continue thru the road down the hill to the main parking lot. If you are looking for the ACA road and find yourself on a little bridge (actually a dam) or a traffic oval, you have gone too far. Don't worry about it, almost everyone misses it the very first time.
THIS IS IMPORTANT:
The ACA camp rules require you to sign in at the Main Parking lot. Don't forget to indicate that you are either a member or a guest of the YCC/YPRC. There is usually an ACA day use fee, please pay this fee!!!! It is waived on Open House days.