Our family camps regularly in the Adirondacks. We normally camp on one of the islands on Lower Saranac Lake. But with two toddlers in tow now we thought we would try to find something with a little easier access, but would still be able to put our kayaks in the water and go swimming. The pictures online were pretty deceiving compared to what we encountered. One of the boat docks was pushed sideways off its base and we were told not to use it. The shore was all mud and the other dock was too high for us to be able to get in our kayaks. There was a cabin on the other side with better water access, but it was not part of Cochran's Cabins. Luckily nobody was there the first two days so we were able to get in and out of our kayaks near the site. Our only other option would have been to put the kayaks back on top of the car and drive to the B&B to use their dock... not quite what we had in mind... We were there to camp and kayak, not transport our kayaks by car to be able to access the water. Off to one side of the site there were about 6 old beer kegs just laying out in the open. Near the fire pit there was a pile of old boards with rusty nails sticking out of them. When we were shown the site we were told to be careful of them. There were random pieces of foam material, probably from the broken dock, all over the site. There was an old stove thrown into the bushes. We spent a good portion of the time we were there trying to ensure the toddlers didn't get into anything that would hurt them... not my idea of a fun camping trip...
All of this for a mere $500 for 3 nights... what a rip off! We were charged per person... really?? For a camp site! Not a cabin! Any other place we have ever camped at charged per camp site... not per person.
And I understand that they had a B&B to run, but the service we received was pretty poor. We stood around on the porch for about 15 minutes when we got there waiting patiently for someone to show up. We were pleasantly surprised to see a sea plane though and when someone finally showed up we were told that we could get a ride for a donation for gas money. So the next morning we showed up and was told that the gentleman who owned it had already gone out and wasn't going to again that day. Ok, no problem. He told us to come back the next day between 9:30-10 a.m. We showed up around 9:15, cameras in hand. We were walking around with the toddlers, they were playing on the porch and in the yard, when the owner came out and asked if she could help us. We told her we were renting a camp site and were there to take a ride in the sea plane. She told us that she was serving breakfast to her guests and that they weren't ready for business stuff yet, closed the door and made a point to lock it. What a way to treat paying customers. But I guess we just weren't worth her time because we weren't staying in the B&B. Needless to say, he finally showed up and we were told he wasn't going to take the plane out that day. So glad we wasted over an hour waiting around and being treated poorly.
It was a very disappointing experience. The pictures online certainly made it look a lot nicer than it was, the price was ridiculous. We did our best to make the best out of a bad situation, but we left a day early, and we will never return to Cochran's Cabins.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located among the Kiwassa maples on Lake Kiwassa and Kiwassa Outlet, Cochran's Cabins are just three miles from the Village of Saranac Lake in the Adirondack Mountains. The property is nestled on over twenty wooded acres at the end of the road, on the water's edge of Lake Kiwassa. Offering 12 cabins, 1 lean-to, boat rentals and camping logistics. ... more less