Welcome to Rap-Shaw Club,
Take a Tour!(click the image, use page down to see each
successive, captioned slide)
The Rap-Shaw Club,
Some History and Information
The club was
started in the late 1800s by a group of businessmen from
across New York State. Their intentions were to have a sports club for
hunting and fishing.
A guide was hired and a club lodge built up past
Burnt lake. It became a place for men to hunt, fish and retreat from the pace of
business, city life and the maddening world of their time. In the early
years, members arrived via the Adirondack Railroad and then by canoe and
overland to the back country. In the 1940s, after a fire at the old lodge, the
club acquired its current location on Stillwater
Over time, spouses and children were included in the
journeys to the club. It became a place for the whole family to be
together and experience the great outdoors in the Adirondacks.
the Rap-Shaw Club is situated on private
islands in Stillwater Reservoir, within the Adirondack Park, in the
midst of large tracts of state lands including areas to be kept Forever
Wild. The club facilities, mostly on the larger island, consist of five
cabins, a dining hall, connecting trails, a waterfront with docks,
beaches around the island, and a boathouse. A sixth cabin is perched on
the peak of the smaller island.
served family style, three times a day, in the traditional style dining
hall. The staff consists of a steward, cook and house staff.
The club also has an Adirondack Lean-to, hand built
of native logs in the authentic design. With its stone fireplace and its
open front facing sunrise, it stands ready to provide a camping
adventure in the manner of the traditional shelters once found along the
back-packing trails of the Adirondack Park.
members still come to Rap-Shaw to enjoy the Adirondacks, as families, couples and
with friends. For most members, hunting has been superseded by boating,
hiking, quiet enjoyment of the surroundings, and yes, plenty of fishing! Many members enjoy just staying at
camp, playing horseshoes, shuffleboard or just reading a good book.
A "Great Room" in the Main Camp is often the setting for afternoon gatherings. In the evenings,
members often gather for a campfire on the beach or at the campfire
Today, Rap-Shaw members and guests are establishing family
traditions alongside members whose parents and grandparents enjoyed and
sustained the club in decades past.
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See a video "drone's eye view" of Rap-Shaw Club and Stillwater area
including the popular hiking destination of "Bald Mountain"