• Hartwick students enjoying Pine Lake
  • Hartwick's Pine Lake
  • Hartwick College's Pine Lake
  • Cycling at Pine Lake

Rental Policies

All renters and guests are responsible for reading and following Pine Lake's Cabin Rental Rules. Click here to download a copy. (To download this file, you must have Adobe Reader installed on your computer. Click here to download a free copy.)

Summer 2013 rental season begins Friday, May 31. Rental season ends Friday, August 16 for Robertson Lodge and the Farmhouse, and Sunday, August 18 for all other cabins. Deposits (50% of amount due) must be received within 10 working days of the reservation to hold your dates unless other specific arrangements have been made.

Please make your check or money order payable to Hartwick College, put "Pine Lake Rental" in the Memo line and mail to:
     Pine Lake Institute
     Hartwick College
     PO Box 4020
     Oneonta, New York 13820
     Attn.: Kate Brooker Milano

Check-in / Check-out
Check-in time is 3-6 p.m..
Check-out is 11 a.m..

Guests are welcome to arrive early and use the Lake and trails or Hartwick's facilities, but cabins will not be ready for occupancy until 3 p.m..

If you will arrive after 6 p.m., please call and let us know.

Rental Discount Policy
Pine Lake offers a $15 per night discount on a cabin rental to current Hartwick College faculty, staff, students, and Friends of Pine Lake members.  This discount does not extend to alumni, non-members, or to day use rentals of other Pine Lake facilities (i.e., Vaudevillian, Lakeside, Pavilion, Stage, etc.).

For more information on how to become a Friend of Pine Lake, click here.

Cancellations more than one month in advance will receive a 100% refund if we are able to rent the cabin. Cancellations two to four weeks in advance will receive a 50% refund if we are able to rent the cabin. For cancellations less than two weeks in advance, no refund is possible.

Included with Rentals
Use of Pine Lake's rowboats, canoes, kayaks, and paddleboat. 
Swimming while lifeguards are on duty
Free access to Hartwick College facilities (pool, fitness room, racquetball); these require temporary ID card available at the PL office.
Kitchenware (limited supply in each cabin)
Wireless internet access (in all cabins)
Dish soap and sponge
Bath soap (made by Hartwick College Chemistry Club)

Rentals do not include towels, linens, blankets, or pillows (available for an additional $30 rental fee with at least two weeks’ notice).

Pine Lake attempts to model small-scale sustainability efforts that homeowners and others can use in their communities. We would be happy to provide you a tour of our sustainable building projects and ecological design efforts. Speak to any Pine Lake staff member to arrange a tour.

Summer is a busy time at Pine Lake. Several environmental research projects are usually in progress at any given time. Please do not disturb them. A Pine Lake staff member will be happy to explain specific projects if you are interested.

In keeping with the mission of Pine Lake, several programs and activities run concurrently with cabin rentals in the summer. Typically, the summer includes: student residence and research, Hartwick College classes (in June), elementary school environmental education visits (in June), recreational day-use swimming, boating and hiking for members of the Hartwick community, and meetings, weddings, picnics and reunions.

We welcome your feedback on our efforts to improve Pine Lake. We hope you enjoy your stay.

For more information, or to reserve a cabin, please contact us:



Mailing address:
Pine Lake Environmental Campus
1894 Charlotte Creek Road
Oneonta, NY 13820  

GPS Address:  (do not use "Pine Lake")
1894 Charlotte Creek Road
Oneonta, NY 13820