85 Youngs Road, MerrillNew York 12955
Summer: 518-425-3386
Winter: 607-339-0264

The Thunderbird Returns

Steve (Slim) Hann completed restoration work on the Thunderbird -- the first outboard motorboat on the lake -- in 2014, our 90th season! The boat was built in the 1920s by Tad's great uncle, Fred Smart. We are grateful to the many alums who contributed to the new motor for the boat and to Slim for his beautiful work.

Keene Valley Property - The Tanager Waterfall

We are delighted to announce our acquisition of 16 beautiful, undeveloped acres in Keene Valley for use by our hiking groups. This acquisition was made possible through the estate of Frances (“Wiggie”) Welch, Tad’s mother, and we dedicate it to her memory.

Recent restrictions on group size in the High Peaks, while designed to lessen the environmental impact of campers in these popular areas, have hindered our ability to staff our trips as fully as we would like. We look forward to expanding our trip offerings by sending groups to Keene Valley, just a short drive from trailheads to the highest mountains in the Adirondacks.

Thanks to Mac Ridge for coming up early in 2006 to help open camp and for joining us in making two campsites at the Waterfall.

The Eagles Are Back

For several consecutive summers, a pair of bald eagles has taken up residence and raised young in the huge white pine that towers over the Crow's Nest. Even when they favor their next up South Inlet, the eagles visit regularly.

Boats and More Boats

We take great pride in our wood and canvas canoes and wooden skiffs and motorboats at Tanager. Our second, third, and fourth generation campers often learn to row and canoe in the same boats their relatives used generations earlier. Fortunately for us, Steve (“Slim”) Hann, former camper and boatman extraordinaire, continues to share his boat building and repair skills with us. In the past several years, he has recanvassed many canoes, ably assisted at times by Roger Birkhead and J.D. Signom, and done major restorations of the Little Green (our Bellows skiff, a Chateaugay Lake original) and Humphrey’s Skiff (generously donated to camp by Liz Rudolph Rogers of Pine Lodge). He has replaced ribs, the transom, and the bow seat in Bell Boat (gift of Gordon Bell) as well as the transom in the Lyman (another gift of Liz Rogers).