Rap-Shaw, a Membership Club.
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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 Reservoir.

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.

Now 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.

Meals are 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.

Nowadays, 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 For most members, hunting has been superseded by boating, hiking, quiet enjoyment of the surroundings, and yes, plenty of fishing!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 circle.

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" look-out.

Special Event Weekends under construction
(as of 1/10/2019) Click for available details:

June 15 -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 - Fishing Derby

The heaviest one fish of any species caught during the contest hours wins!
No entry fee! DEC Free fishing weekend: no license required.
Contest starts at sunrise and ends at 5:00 PM Saturday of "Fish Derby Weekend".
Members and their invitees are eligible. The contestant must be staying at the Club unless the Club is filled to capacity.
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 Wagon

The weekend 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- Guided Canoe/Kayak Weekend
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.



Reservation Calendar

Reservation Request Form
Although the Reservation Request Form is marked "2011 Season" it remains current for use this season.

NOTE:Please make an entry in the box for Special needs or requests, comments, saying whether you will bring a dog with your party (only one dog allowed in a party) and whether the dog is yours or your guest’s.


Fees, Rates, Terms and Tips


Key Dates for the 2019 Season (as of 1/9/2019)

May 6 – Staff reports to work
May 13-19 – Work Week
May 20 – Club opens for the season
June 29-30 – 2019 Fishing Derby – (one of NY DEC free fishing weekends, no license necessary)
June 28 – Prime time starts
Sept 2 – Labor Day—Prime time ends
Sept 20-22 – Clambake
Sept 27-29 – Fall work weekend
Sept 29 – Club closes
Oct 5 – Staff departs
Annual Meeting and Special Events Weekends – T.B.D.


This page last altered on 01/10/19  Copyright © 2003 Rap-Shaw Club. All rights reserved.