Welcome to Rap-Shaw Club,
Take a Tour!(click the image, key pg-dn to see each
successive, captioned slide)
The Rap-Shaw Club,
Some History and Information
The club was
started in the late 1800’s 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 1940’s, 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 For most members, hunting has been superseded by boating,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.
See us on Facebook
See a video "drone's eye view" of Rap-Shaw Club and Stillwater area
including the popular hiking destination of "Bald Mountain"
Special Event Weekends
(as of 1/10/2019) Click for
-17 , 2018- Rap-Shaw Waterfall Chase
Join us for a fun and adventure filled
weekend of exploring three different Waterfalls near Rap-Shaw:
Cascade Falls, off the Big Moose Road, Limekiln Falls near Inlet,
and Death falls (aka Secret Falls) in the Raquette Lake area. This
will be a self-guided group adventure. At the end of the afternoon
we will return to the Rap-Shaw Club, for Happy Hour on the porch of
Main Camp. Saturday night’s dinner will be followed by a campfire
for your pleasure with some story telling by our local friends.
June 29-30, 2019 -
The heaviest one
fish of any species caught during the contest hours wins!
entry fee! DEC
weekend: no license required.
Contest starts at sunrise and ends at 5:00 PM Saturday of "Fish
Members and their invitees are eligible. The
contestant must be staying at the Club unless the Club is filled to
The Traditional Grand Prize: The winner’s name on a
plaque in the Dining Hall to be displayed for all to marvel at.
Sept. 7-9, 2018
- Great Camp Santanoni & Newcombe Lake Via Horse Drawn
adventure starts Friday evening with a wine steward leading us
through a tasting of various wines. A fall harvest dinner. After
Saturday's hardy breakfast we'll journey off to our guided tour of
Camp Satanoni and Newcombe Lake. A picnic lunch prepared by
Rap-Shaw’s chef. We'll return to the club for “Happy Hour.” Saturday
night’s dinner will be another fall culinary festival followed by a
campfire for your pleasure. Sunday will give us time to enjoy all
that Rap-Shaw has to offer as we ponder are weekend experiences.
Sept. 14-16, 2018-
Some highlights: The adventure starts on
Friday evening with a fall harvest dinner. Around a campfire we'll
hear some local folklore as told by Stillwater’s famous longtime
residents. Saturday, after a hardy breakfast, a presentation on
safety tips, and paddling strokes. We and our boats will be
transported to Beaver River Station so we can paddle and hike areas
we rarely visit without a power boat. A picnic lunch prepared by
Rap-Shaw’s Chef. We'll be transported back to the club in time for
"Happy Hour." There'll be a conversation around a campfire after
dinner. Sunday is open for your choice of activities. Try new
watercraft such as a rowing shell or stand-up paddle board.