Pine Lake Rentals

Planning a vacation? Looking for a quiet get-a-way? Visiting the Catskills this summer? Coming back to visit your alma mater? Need a space for a group meeting or retreat?

Have we got the place for you!

Hartwick College’s Pine Lake Environmental Campus is located within a short drive of many central New York attractions, including the the City of Oneonta, the village of Cooperstown, the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown Dreams Park, Cooperstown All Star Village, Hartwick College, SUNY College at Oneonta, Hanford Mills Museum, Robert V. Riddell State Park, Howe Caverns, and the Iroquois Indian Museum.

Pine Lake has eight cabins, including the Strawbale House and the Cob House, as well as the Robertson Lodge, available for summer rentals. In addition, meeting spaces are available in the Robertson Lodge, the Vaudevillian, Lakeside Classroom, Strawbale House, and the outdoor Pavilion. Cabins are located along dirt roads in the woods around the beautiful 125 acre Pine Lake.

Swimming and boating are available – swimming only when lifeguards are on duty. Use of Pine Lake canoes, kayaks and rowboats is included in the rental fee. Pine Lake is adjacent to Robert V. Riddell State Park and features more than nine miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking. Fishing is permitted in the lake (large and small mouth bass, pickerel, and sunnies galore), and Charlotte Creek (trout) is adjacent to the property.

Our rental season runs from June 1- mid August. Check-in is from 3-6 p.m.; check out by 11 a.m. Kitchens are minimally equipped with dishes, utensils, coffee maker, toaster, and microwave. Cabins have two to four bedrooms. Each bedroom has two single beds, some bunked. Linens are not provided, though linen rental can be arranged at $30 per set. Each cabin has a park-style barbecue grill nearby. Use of Hartwick College’s gym, pool and fitness center (eight miles away) is included.

Many restaurants are nearby in Oneonta. Grocery stores are about four miles away. Wireless internet is available in all cabins. Television reception is not available. Phones are provided for emergency and local calls only. Cell phone service is unreliable.

As the environmental campus of Hartwick College, Pine Lake hosts research and instructional activities year-round. Typical summer programs include biology research, archaeology digs, theater retreats, and college classes in June. Rental guests share the grounds with students, researchers, and day visitors, and may participate in some of these activities.

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

Cabins & Lodgings
Day Use Rentals
Rental Policies
Cabin Rental FAQs

Cabins & Lodgings

Cabin descriptions and 2016 rental rates are listed below. Summer 2016 rental season begins June 1, and our final checkout morning is Friday, August 12 for all overnight cabins and overnight accommodations.

Pine Lake membership is required for all overnight accomodations. This does not extend to our day use rentals of Pine Lake facilities and meeting spaces. There is a minimum of 2 nights stay in the month of June and a 3 night stay for July and August. Rent 6 nights, get the 7 night free (must be 7 consecutive nights in the same cabin)

Friend of Pine Lake Membership

All Cabins include: WiFi, Private bathroom, private kitchen (with microwave, stove, refridgerator, toaster, coffee maker, pots/pans, cups, plates, bowls and utensils), XL single beds (unless otherwise stated), landline telephone, access to our 100+ acre property for recreating (hiking, boating, etc).

Sorry, rentals DO NOT come with A/C, TV, radio, video/DVD, cable (Robertson Lodge only has TV/DVD and cable), linens (can be supplied for additional fee).

We accept CASH or CHECK only, no credit.

Additional Fees: $10 per person per night over cabin occupancy max; $10 per dog per night (no other pets permitted) or $50 per week

The Strawbale House

Nightly rate: $140
Weekly rate: $840

An exquisite natural building designed and built by Hartwick students enrolled in theArchitecture of the Sacred course. Bathroom, meditation room, bedroom/loft, kitchen. Porches overlook the grounds in one of the most attractive sites at Pine Lake. Outdoor earthen bread oven and fireplace. Natural, local white pine floors and ceiling, natural plaster interior walls. 1 full size bed (box spring and mattress) in upstairs sleeping nook, 2 single beds, and 1 single futon (combining chair and foot stools) all bedding is in the upstairs loft area. Sleeps 3-5. (please do not move furniture to other rooms, additional charges will apply to any furniture that is moved)

Bailey Cabin

Nightly rate: $165
Weekly rate: $990

Rustic pine interiors, south facing windows. Two floors: four bedrooms (three upstairs), large wrap-around deck, kitchen and living room, full bathroom, skylights. Sleeps 4-8.

The Cob House

Nightly rate: $125
Weekly rate: $750

Our newest cabin, finished in early September 2010. Cob is a mixture of sand, clay, and straw. This earthen home has two sleeping nooks (not full bedrooms), ten-foot ceilings, an open living area, and is built of largely of local and salvaged materials. It’s a one-of-a-kind structure built by Hartwick students and alumni. Sleeps 2-4.

Redwood Two Cabin

Nightly rate: $115
Weekly rate: $690

Knotty pine interior. Two bedrooms, screened porch, kitchenette, living room, bathroom. Sleeps 2-4.

Crossroads Cabin

Nightly rate: $95
Weekly rate: $570

A cozy, smaller cabin with an open, studio-style floor plan. A small roofed porch overlooks one of the best views of the lake — a great place to eat breakfast, or to catch up on some reading. Interior has separate bathroom, open kitchenette/living area/sleeping area. Please note: there is no parking at this cabin. Guests may park near the cabin to load and unload only; at all other times, vehicles must be parked in Pine Lake’s main parking lot (near the Robertson Lodge) or upper parking lot (near the Outback Cabins). Sleeps 1-2.

Robertson Lodge (entire)

Nightly rate: $350
Weekly rate: $2100

Eight bedrooms (two single beds each). Includes use of living room and kitchen. Kitchen is equipped with two standard size gas ranges, three refrigerators, and dishwasher. Only accomodation with TV/DVD and cable. The downstairs gallery and laundry room share the building and remain public areas. Sleeps 8-16.

Day Use Rentals

Cabin descriptions and rental rates are listed below. Summer rental season begins June 1. Rental season ends Friday, August 12 for all cabins and spaces.

Please contact us to discuss available outdoor spaces.

Robertson Lodge (first floor only)

$225/day (8 hours max, additional fee applies after 8 hours)

The Lodge kitchen and lounge area are available for group meetings at Pine Lake. The gallery may also be used for meeting space for approximately 15 people, although it remains a public space. Please note that rental of first floor spaces in the Lodge does not include access to the second floor or any overnight accomodations.

The Vaudevillian

$250/day (8 hours max, additional fee applies over 8 hours)

Pine Lake’s largest multi-purpose building. Commonly used for workshops, meetings, and conferences, the Vaudevillian can also accommodate weddings, receptions, parties, dances, art work, and more. Large main room, small lobby, restrooms. *please note the Vaudevillian bathrooms are our day user bathroom location on-site and my be used by visitors. Maximum occupancy is 178 people.

The Strawbale House

$125/day (8 hour max, additional fee applies over 8 hours)

The Strawbale House can accommodate appx. 10-15 people for small meetings, reunions, and gatherings. Kitchen, restroom, and smaller rooms are available within the house.

Lakeside Classroom

$80/day (8 hour max, additional fee applies over 8 hours)

Pine Lake’s classroom building is near the lake and can be set up for 15-20 people. Restrooms available nearby in the Vaudevillian.


$60/day (8 hour max, additional fee applies over 8 hours)

For outdoor meetings, cookouts, and picnic gatherings, the Pavilion is a sheltered space overlooking Pine Lake. Accommodates up to 30-40 people. A fireplace and charcoal grill are available for use. Restrooms available nearby in the Vaudevillian. Pavilion does NOT have electricity.

Robert R. Smith Environmental Field Station

$200/day (8 hours max, additional fee applies over 8 hours)

Facilities include a large teaching/research laboratory (5x6m), a smaller dedicated research laboratory, storage/utility room (2.5 x 4m), instrument room (2.5 x 3m), computer room (2 x 3m), and a full bath.

Charley Brooks ’90 Stage

$75/day (8 hours max, additional fee applies over 8 hours)

Pine Lake’s outdoor stage, located in the natural amphitheatre at the base of the hill behind Robertson Lodge. Restrooms available nearby in the Vaudevillian.


$60/day (8 hours max, additional fee applies over 8 hours)


Rental Policies

All renters and guests are responsible for reading and following Pine Lake’s Cabin Rental Rules. 

Pine Lake Cabin Rental Rules


Summer rental season begins June 1. Rental season ends Friday, August 12 for all cabins & spaces. 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:

Attn: Pine Lake
Hartwick College
PO Box 4020
Oneonta, New York 13820

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.


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, and kayaks.
  • Swimming ONLY 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
  • 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.

Cabin Rental FAQs

Q: Is there TV?
A: No. The only television with cable reception is in the Robertson Lodge.

Q: Telephone?
A: Cell phone reception is unreliable. Individual cabins have telephones for local calls only (bring your own calling card for long distance).

Q: Do you provide linens?
A: We do not provide linens with our rental costs (towels, washcloths, bed sheets, blankets, pillows). These are available for an extra fee of $30 per set of 2 people for the duration of your stay, and must be reserved with at least two weeks’ advance notice.

Q: How about cooking?
A: All cabins and the Robertson Lodge have a kitchen with a stove, refrigerator, microwave oven, and coffee pot. Basic Pots, pans, and utensils are supplied for cabin max capacities. We provide dish soap and sponges for cleanup. Most cabins have outdoor barbeque grills.

Q: Where’s the nearest store?
A: Price Chopper in Oneonta’s East End is about five miles away; the Southside Mall, Hannaford Supermarket and Wal-Mart on Rt. 23 in Oneonta’s Southside are about a seven-mile drive. A convenience store with a gas station is located about 2 miles away.

Q: How far is Hartwick College?
A: Eight miles, about a 15-20 minute drive.

Q: How far is Cooperstown?
A: Main Street Cooperstown is 25 miles away. Driving time varies greatly depending on traffic and time of day. The Cooperstown Dreams Park is about 20 miles.

Q: How deep is the Lake?
A: Pine Lake is 33 feet deep at its deepest point (near the center). At the end of the dock it’s about 11 feet deep and 18 feet deep at the swim float.

Q: Can I bring my boat?
A: Canoes, kayaks and rowboats are allowed, but because of concerns about the introduction of invasive species, we will ask you to wash your boat before putting in. However, canoes and rowboats are available at Pine Lake. Motors of any kind are not permitted.

Q: What about fishing?
A: Fishing is permitted in accordance with NYS regulations. A fishing license can be purchased at the Town Clerk in nearby Davenport Center. Catch and release is encouraged for bass only. The lake has no trout, but Charlotte Creek, which borders the property, does.

Q: What can my kids do?
A: Pine Lake offers a variety of activities for children, including swimming (when lifeguards are on duty), boating (dawn till dusk, with parent/guardian in boat), hiking, disc golf, and more. Playgrounds and swimming pools are available at Neahwa and Wilber Parks in Oneonta.

Q: Can you recommend any restaurants?
A: Oneonta has a plethora of options including fast food, pizza, ethnic cuisine, and formal dining. Ask the staff for recommendations to meet your needs.

Q: Other attractions?
A: Hartwick College’s own Yager Museum of Art and Culture; The Community Arts Network of Oneonta (CANO); Hanford Mills Museum and the West Kortright Centre in East Meredith; the Village of Cooperstown; the Fenimore Art Museum; the Farmers’ Museum; the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum; Brewery Ommegang; excursions on the Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad in Milford; local farmers’ markets (Oneonta and Cooperstown on Saturday; Franklin on Sunday); and of course the scenery, trails and natural attractions of New York State’s Catskill Region. Ask our staff about other attractions.

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