*Until further notice Hartwick College Pine Lake Environmental Campus is closed to the public to reduce possible spread of COVID infection in our community. The only individuals permitted on the property are current faculty, staff and students with proper ID. This helps reduce risk to our residential students and courses onsite at this facility. We appreciate you cooperation on this matter and look forward to reopening our doors to the community when COVID has diminished.
Planning a vacation? Looking for a nature escape? 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 several 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 100+ 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- 1st weekend in 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. Cabin bedrooms have full sized beds, while the Lodge rooms have XL single beds, some maybe bunked. Linens are not provided, though linen rental can be arranged at $30 per set.
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 courses. Rental guests share the grounds with students, researchers, and day visitors, and may participate in some of these activities.
Need more information or want to reserve a cabin? Please contact us:
Pine Lake Environmental Campus
1894 Charlotte Creek Road
Oneonta, NY 13820
(do not use “Pine Lake”)
1894 Charlotte Creek Road
Oneonta, NY 13820
Cabins & Lodgings
Cabin descriptions and 2019 rental rates are listed below. Summer 2019 rental season begins June 1, and our final checkout morning is Sunday, August 9 for all overnight cabins & accommodations.
Pine Lake membership is required for all overnight accommodations and day use groups. 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, refrigerator, toaster, coffee maker, pots/pans, cups, plates, bowls and utensils), landline telephone, access to our 100+ acre property for recreating (hiking, boating, etc). All cabins have full size beds (unless otherwise stated), while the Robertson Lodge has XL single beds.
Sorry, most rentals DO NOT come with A/C, TV, radio, video/DVD, cable, laundry, or linens (can be supplied for additional fee).
We accept CASH or CHECK onsite, no credit. There is an online payment option from a checking account, savings account or credit card (*credit cards will incur an additional fee)
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: $150 | Weekly rate: $900
An exquisite natural building designed and built by Hartwick students enrolled in the Architecture of the Sacred course. Bathroom, meditation room, bedroom/loft, kitchen (with keurig). 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. 2nd floor sleeping loft includes 1 full sized bed and 1 single XL bed; 1st floor meditation room has 1 full sized bed. Sleeps 3-5. Parking available in driveway by the cabin.
Nightly rate: $175 | Weekly rate: $1050
Rustic pine interiors, south facing windows. Two floors: four bedrooms (three upstairs, each with 1 full sized bed, and 1 bedroom on the 1st floor with 1 full size bed), large wrap-around deck, kitchen and living room, full bathroom, skylights in 2 bedrooms. Sleeps 4-8. Parking available in driveway by the cabin. New kitchen in winter 2019!
The Cob House
Nightly rate: $135 | Weekly rate: $810
Cob is a mixture of sand, clay, and straw. This earthen home has two sleeping nooks (not full bedrooms) each with a full sized mattress, ten-foot ceilings, an open living area, and is built of largely of local and salvaged materials. New mini air exchanger provides heat and air conditioning at the touch of a button! It’s a one-of-a-kind structure built by students and alumni. Sleeps 2-4. Parking available in driveway by the cabin.
Robertson Lodge (entire)
Nightly rate: $360 | Weekly rate: $2160
Eight bedrooms (two single XL beds each). Includes use of 1st floor living room, dining room and kitchen. Kitchen is equipped with two standard size gas ranges, three refrigerators, microwave, coffee maker, and dishwasher. This cabin is our only accommodation with TV/DVD/video player (no cable). Sleeps 8-16. Parking is available in the main lot for this cabin
Day Use Rentals
Some day use spaces are available throughout the year, others are only resealable over summer (June-early August). Day use hours are between 9am-7pm, other fees may apply outside of these hours. 1/2 day rentals and rates maybe available for larger spaces upon request.
Robertson Lodge (limited to first floor, only available in summer)
$250/day (8 hours max) | $175 1/2 day (4 hours max.); additional fee applies after 8 hours
The Lodge 1st floor kitchen, dining room, and lounge area are available for group meetings at Pine Lake. Please note that rental of first floor spaces in the Lodge does not include access to the second floor or any overnight accommodations. Lodge can accommodate 20-30 people indoors, combine indoor space with front field grounds fee for larger group gatherings.
The Vaudevillian (available year round)
$300/day (8 hours max.) | $200 1/2 day (4 hours max.); additional fee applies after 8 hours
Pine Lake’s largest multi-purpose building. Commonly used for workshops, meetings, and conferences, the Vaudevillian can also accommodate weddings, retreats, receptions, parties, dances, art work, and more. Large main room, with tables and seating for 100 people. *please note the Vaudevillian bathrooms are our public restroom location on-site and my be used by visitors. Combine this indoor space with the grounds just below for an exceptional location!
The Strawbale House (available year round)
$150/day (8 hour max.) | $100 1/2 day (4 hours max.); additional fee applies after 8 hours
The Strawbale House can accommodate appx. 10-15 people, including small kitchen (with kitchen ware, small fridge, kurig, oven, & microwave), living room with small indoor fireplace, restroom, other smaller rooms, and outdoor cob fireplace/bread oven. Unique and inspirational space for small group retreats, reunions, meetings, small birthday gatherings, and more!
Lakeside Classroom (available year round)
$100/day (8 hour max.) | $75 1/2 day (4 hours max.); additional fee applies after 8 hours
Pine Lake’s classroom building is near the lake and can be set up for 15-20 people. Open room with tables and chairs, mini fridge, and small indoor fireplace for warmth. Restrooms available nearby in the Vaudevillian.
Pavilion (available year round)
$80/day (8 hour max.) | $60 1/2 day (4 hours max.); additional fee applies after 8 hours
For outdoor meetings, cookouts, and picnic gatherings, the Pavilion is a sheltered space overlooking Pine Lake. Accommodates up to 30-40 people. An outdoor fireplace and charcoal grill are available for use. Restrooms available nearby in the Vaudevillian. Pavilion does NOT have electricity.
Grounds (available year round)
$Rate TBD pending on use and type of event – *varies depending on site and size
All renters and guests are responsible for reading and following Hartwick College Pine Lake Campus & Cabin Rental Rules.
Pine Lake Cabin Rental Rules
Summer rental season begins June 1. Rental season ends Friday, August 10 for all overnight 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:
Attn: Pine Lake
1 Hartwick Drive
Oneonta, New York 13820
Check-in time is 3-6 p.m.
Check-out is 11 a.m.
If you will arrive after 6 p.m., please call or email in advance 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 [May-October, 10am-6pm daily]
- Swimming ONLY while lifeguards are on duty
- 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 and courses 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, elementary school environmental education visits, recreational day-use swimming, boating and hiking for members of the Hartwick community, and meetings, weddings, retreats, 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, but there are many large windows in our cabins so you have a front seat to the beauties of nature throughout your stay!
A: Cell phone reception around most of the property is unreliable. There is a Verizon booster by the Lodge, that provides service in a 50ft proximity around the building. 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 for the duration of your stay, and must be reserved with at least two weeks’ advance notice.
Q: How about cooking?
A: All cabins have a kitchen with a stove, refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker. Basic Pots, pans, and utensils are supplied for cabin max capacities. We provide dish soap and sponges for cleanup. Most cabins have outdoor barbecue grills or firepits.
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: Nine miles, about a 15 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 (sunrise till sunset, with parent/guardian in boat and life jacket), 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.