Camp Uncas sits within the newly created
“Great Camps Historic Recreational Area” designated
by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as
part of the Moose River Plains Wild Forest and Blue Ridge Wilderness
Hiking. Most lakefront properties
in the Adirondacks require a drive in a car to get to trailheads
for good hiking. Camp Uncas is unusual because it sits deep within
the wilderness, surrounded by many hiking trails accessible right
out the door.
From the 2.5 mile trail around the lake,
the hike to the former “Boy Scout Beach”, “Picnic
Rock”, “Cathedral Pines”, the “Big Birch
Loop”, Eighth Lake Campground, or the trail up “Met-Wel
Mountain” with its beautiful view of the surrounding wilderness,
Uncas owners and guests have numerous hiking options right from
the property. A two or three-mile car ride to Sagamore opens up
many more miles of trails around Sagamore in the Blue Ridge Wilderness.
A half-hour drive reaches still more trails and mountain climbs
around Raquette Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Inlet and Eagle Bay.
Swimming. There are two
waterfront areas available to the Main Lodge section of the property.
The main beach at Camp Uncas, a two or three-minute walk from the
Main Lodge, is as fine a beach and swimming area as on one can find.
One can walk out along a gently-sloping, clean, sandy bottom until
over one’s head. It’s a perfect recreational spot for
adults to sit and swim and for children to play in the shallow water
near the shore or on the large sandy beach area.
The Main Lodge section has a deeded right
of way to access and use the main beach along with the other camp
owners and guests, although it’s rare when other owners or
their guests are there at the same time. For even greater privacy,
the Main Lodge parcel has a small lawn area at water’s edge
in front of the lean-to, from which one can step into the shallow
Boating. Mohegan Lake is
a 156-acre body of water, over a half-mile long in its longest dimension
and about three-eighths mile across from the Main Lodge shoreline
to the opposite shore. Because Camp Uncas is built on a peninsula,
this creates a smaller “lagoon” section of the lake.
The lake is ideally suited for canoeing, kayaking, rowing, Sunfish
sailing, windsurfing and paddle boarding. By deeded agreement among
the owners of Camp Uncas, in order to protect the quiet and serenity
of the lake setting, motorboats are not allowed.
Fishing. With a depth of
60 feet in its deepest part, Mohegan Lake is known for its excellent
fishing for lake trout, brook trout, and northern pike.
Skiing. Much of the hiking
trail system around Camp Uncas and Sagamore is also excellent for
cross-country skiing. For downhill skiing, Camp Uncas is 45 minutes
from the major New York State Gore Mountain Ski Center in North
Creek and from the McCauley Mountain Ski Center in Old Forge.