Great Camp Sagamore

Tel: (315) 354-5311 |

Sagamore Main Lodge


Explore History with your friends and family

Tours at Great Camp Sagamore consist of a twenty-five minute slide show followed by an hour-and-a-half walking tour of the key buildings, for a full length of about two hours.  The guided tour begins in the Upper Complex (or “Workers’ Camp”), where you will learn about the history of the workers who built the camp under the direction of W.W Durant, and who maintained and expanded the camp during the ownership of the Vanderbilt family.   Next, you will move to the Lower Complex, where you will see the bark-covered Vanderbilt guest buildings, including the famous Main Lodge, which has served as a model for the National Park Service lodge buildings. You will also see the beautiful dining hall overlooking Sagamore Lake, and the Playhouse, where the Vanderbilts entertained their guest.  Complete your visit at your own pace by viewing the permanent exhibits about the workers, guides, the William W. Durant, and the Vanderbilts.

Don’t forget to visit our Gift Shop, where you can browse books on Adirondack history, Sagamore souvenirs, crafts made by local Adirondack artisans, and more!  We also have a snack shop, where you can purchase beverages and light snacks.

Please note that the walking tour of the camp includes walking inside and outside, on gravel roads and staircases in the Lower Complex.  The Upper Complex, complete with its permanent exhibits, is handicap accessible for persons with limited mobility.  A self-guided tour of the Upper Complex is available for half-price, and includes a virtual tour showing images from throughout the camp.

Domestic pets (dogs, cats, birds etc) are not allowed at camp; however service animals are welcome in compliance with The American with Disabilities Act. 

Guided tours are offered:

May 23rd to June 13th, weekends only
1:30pm Saturday and Sunday

June 14th:  Community Appreciation Day - Free Tours 10am to 1:30pm
Brunch is available with reservations and small fee

June 22nd through Labor Day (Sept 7th)
10 am and 1:30pm daily

September 8th through Columbus Day (Oct 12th)
1:30pm daily

Admission is charged:   $16 adults, with a $2 discount for seniors age 65+, $8 school-aged children.   Pre-schoolers, Sagamore members, active Military, and visitors holding Raquette Lake and Long Lake licenses are free.

Great Camp Sagamore is 4 miles south of Rt 28, a good but unpaved road.  Please drive slowly and follow signs for TOUR parking, click here for detailed directions into Camp. Tickets can be purchased in the Gift Shop (we also accept MC/Visa).  There is no need to make reservations for groups smaller than 10 people.  If you have a larger group, please email or call us at (315) 354-5311 x21.   Thank you.

Click here for a preview tour of Great Camp Sagamore.

Great Camp Sagamore, PO Box 40, Sagamore Road
Raquette Lake, NY 13436 |
Tel: (315) 354-5311 | Fax: (315) 354-5851

Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks, Inc. is an independent non-profit 501c3 Corp dedicated to the stewardship of Great Camp Sagamore in Raquette Lake, NY.