ACA Camp at Lake Sebago
The camp at Lake Sebago, in Harriman State Park, is for American Canoe Association Members to camp, kayak, paddleboard, swim or hike the many trails. Enjoy nature, come up for the day or stay overnight.
Being a member of YPRC does NOT make you a member of the ACA! Consider joining the ACA if you are not a member. The cost is 40.00 per person a year with children under 18 years of age FREE. The Camp at Lake Sebago is just ONE of the many benefits of being an ACA member. You can join the ACA using the button here. You can acquire a day or season pass to Lake Sebago at the camp from the Camp Director, Beth Bloedow.
For questions regarding the YPRC Cabin, please contact our Sebago Liaison here.
IMPORTANT: Every Day, Please SIGN IN at 2 locations!
- The cabin log on the table inside the cabin
- The Camp sign-in log at the parking area. This must be done EACH DAY that you are using the camp. If YPRC users are not counted, we may lose our cabin.
To check the YPRC cabin's availability & make a reservation, CLICK HERE.
General information about Lake Sebago
Welcome! Please enjoy the cabin and the camp while you are here. Many of our members have put a lot of work into making the cabin a friendly, comfortable, beautiful place. So, please treat this jewel with the respect that it warrants.
Rule #1: Leave the cabin as you found it: bunks clean, cleaned utensils and dishes stored in bins (mouse-proofing), floors mopped.
Rule#2: Know the Rules of the Camp: We’ve provided a copy for you. Pay your fees as listed, sign the camp waiver and the YPRC waiver (once a season), respect the rights of others, know the time for being quiet. Hopefully you’ll be so tired after a full day of activity, you’ll fall asleep by 10!
Rule #3: Take Everything that you came with, when you leave. Empty out the bins and refrigerator and leave the cabin pristine for the next user. Turn off the lights, the fan, the radio. Sweep/mop the floors (mops and broom next to refrigerator)
Remember that all YPRC members have access to the cabin during the day. It belongs to the renters after 7pm, maybe later if there is a club event.
Rule #4: Use of club boats: Paddles, PFD’s are located under the cabin. Use the KEY in the wall cabinet to open the lock. Remember to put it back! If you use a club boat, return it to its berth when you are finished. All boats should be off the ground for safety reasons.
All members must wear PFD’s while in a boat. Follow camp/park rules when using the boats.
Cabin Renters have first dibs to the club boats. If there is demand for boats from other YPRCer’s, please be mindful of that and limit your boat use to, say, an hour at a time. That should give you plenty of time to enjoy yourself on the water and move on to other activities, like swimming or hiking.
Rule #5: Meal Prep: there is no running water in the cabin. You MUST bring your own water with you. There is a gas grill, a microwave oven, a coffee pot and an electric water heater in the kitchen area. You can heat up water to clean your dishes. There is a basin between the YPRC cabin and the Rockaway cabin for dishwashing use. THE WATER IS NOT POTABLE.
Keep your food in the bins provided, during your stay. When in doubt, refrigerate.
Check out: Please move your belongings out of the bunkrooms by noon on your last day in camp. This will allow the next renter to put their things in the bunk area.
Rule #6: Members need to sign in DAILY at the main parking lot kiosk.
CABIN OVERNIGHT FEES
YPRC & ACA Cabin Fees
Cabin: $15.00 a night,
$20.00 for 4+ occupants
DIRECTIONS TO LAKE SEBAGO
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.
ABOUT LAKE SEBAGO ACA CAMP
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.
SKILL DEVELOPMENT AT LAKE SEBAGO
YPRC is very proud that many of it’s members are accredited American Canoe association or British Canoe Union Coaches in sea kayaking.
The club is equally proud that these members offer informal instruction at lake Sebago all summer long.
Please check the YPRC calendar for a list of informal and formal training events at Lake Sebago.
ACA Lake Sebago's Calendar for upcoming safety classes here.
Use of club kayaks
Club kayaks are available for member use at the lake. CLUB MEMBERS ONLY are permitted to use club equipment and MUST wear a PFD during use. Guests of club members ARE NOT PERMITTED to use club equipment.
Club equipment is NOT AVAILABLE during YPRC class/instruction.
YPRC kayaks and SUPs are located on a rack between the cabin and dock. Club equipment can be identified by a YPRC label. All equipment must be returned to it's location on the rack after use.
SToring MEMBER KAYAKS
Is not permitted at Lake Sebago due to space limitations. Personal kayaks may be brought to the lake but must be removed at the end of each visit.
More information is available at the ACA website: