Step back into time with our historic accommodations
The Historic Watres Lodge (c.1903)
Yes, it is true…our historic 1903 lodge has floors that creak, walls that are thin, and separate hot and cold knobs on the sinks…but you are staying in a Registered Historic Landmark. We invite you to look at this historic lodge and great camp as charming and a quaint departure from everyday conveniences - a step back in time that allows you to enjoy the infinite splendors and majestic scenery that is Lacawac Sanctuary.
The lodge is made of all southern yellow pine including exterior shakes and interior wall, floor and ceiling treatments. Local oak was used for the trim and exterior features such as railings and columns. It features 13 separate gables! A large, open sitting porch faces the lake. There are 8 bedrooms, a summer sleeping porch, 3 bathrooms, a large kitchen, pantry, walk in ice box, seasonal breezeway, dining room and parlor. Large screened wrap-around porches formerly adorned the exterior but were removed as a result of extensive termite damage.
Interior highlights include the inglenook fireplace surrounded by an expansive double staircase in the parlor. A window wall and door lead outside to the large lake fronting porch. Hatch doors allow passing fire wood directly into storage boxes by the fireplace. The expansive dining room - which today can seat over 25 people for dinner - has its own fireplace and built-in oak china cabinets. The bisecting breezeway provides cool air in summer between the kitchen and the rest of the house. Off the kitchen is a large pantry with built in oak cabinets but missing are the original 3 stone wash sinks used by the servants and the big coal stove.
The Lodge is ideal for family reunions, corporate retreats, weddings, family celebrations, or a summer weekend get-away with family and friends
Historic 2 bedroom 1 bath cabin at Lacawac Sanctuary - sleeps 5The first floor of this historic building features an open living space of kitchen area, dining area and living room which centers around the large stone fireplace once used as it's sole source of heat. On the second floor there are two bedrooms and 1 bathroom. All beds are twin beds but we can have up to two kings set up in one room for your arrival. The second bedroom is a single with twin bed. The bathroom features the original claw foot tub for a much needed soak after spending the day hiking the many trails and exploring nature around the cabin.
Lake Lacawac is a peaceful and serene setting fitting for bird watching, photography or just to meditate and relax. Because it's used for research and preservation no fishing or swimming is allowed in Lake Lacawac. For fishing or recreation you can use Lake Wallenpaupack from the Sanctuary's private beach which is only minutes away. Bring your Kayaks or Canoes - there's a boat launch on site.
Lacawac Sanctuary is a nature preserve, ecological field research station and public environmental education facility located in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania and was founded in 1966.
This building is named for its original function - storing ice. Ice harvesting on Lacawac in winter was a regular venture by the hired help to serve the needs of the Lodge year-round. The walls are so thick and the building so well insulated that large blocks of ice could be stored here in a bed of saw dust for up to a year - requiring no electricity or energy. The blocks were ultimately carted across the yard and hoisted by a built in crane to a loft above the walk-in ice box that served the lodge’s kitchen. The building was so cold local residents often used it to hang and store game for consumption later in the year. The windows and second interior floor were added in the 1950’s when the structure was converted to a winter cottage for use by Arthur and Isabel Watres.
There are various charming bed and breakfasts, comfortable hotels and quant inns within thirty minutes of Lacawac Sanctuary.
After a full day of fun in the Northern Pocono Mountains, you’ll need a place to rest and recharge. Lake Wallenpaupack’s array of accommodations ensures you’ll find the perfect place to lay your head. From boutique hotels with impressive in-house restaurants to cozy cabins and family campgrounds, Lake Wallenpaupack is packed with places to stay.