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Lacawac Sanctuary Historic Watres Lodge - Lake Ariel, PA

Lodge or Resort
Michael Gadomski

Driving Directions

From Interstate 81 (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton):

Take 81 North and follow signs for Interstate 84 East/380. Stay on Interstate 84. See below for further directions

From Interstate 84:

Take the Lake Wallenpaupack/Greentown Exit (20) and follow Route 507 north for half a mile. Turn left onto Ledgedale Road. Follow to stop sign, then turn right (toward Hawley). Go one mile and turn right onto St Mary Church Road. Go 0.2 miles and turn right onto Lacawac Road. After about half a mile turn right at the Lacawac Sanctuary / Sanctuary Road sign onto a dirt road. Follow this to the main entrance marked by a stone gate.

From Hawley or Honesdale:

Take Route 6 to Route 590 west. Travel on 590 for 8.1 miles and turn left at Pranzo's Auto Service onto Everly Road. Go 3.2 miles, passing St Mary's Church. Turn left onto Lacawac Road, go 0.6 mile, left at the Lacawac Sanctuary / Sanctuary Road sign onto a dirt road. Follow this to the main entrance marked by a stone gate.

Have a GPS? GPS coordinates

41 22.582N - 075 17.980W

Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes

Lacawac is a non profit organization run by a board of directors since 1966 with the mission of research, education and preservation.

Lacawac Sanctuary's historic 1903 Lodge and Ice House Cabin are situated at the heart of the Sanctuary's 550-acre property. Both buildings overlook the scenic Lake Lacawac and are a short hike from the shore of Lake Wallenpaupack.

The Watres Lodge and Ice House Cabin are nestled in the woods of the sanctuary, a preserved and protected field station and nature center.

The Lodge and Ice House were constructed in 1903 as the second summer home of the Wallenpaupack area. They are on the National Registry of Historic Places. Lake Lacawac, which is close proximity to the structures, is a National Natural Landmark.

Historic Lodging at Lacawac

Yes, it is true…our historic 1903 Lodge has floors that creak, walls that are thin, and separate hot and cold knobs on the sinks…but you are staying in a Registered Historic Landmark.

We invite you to look at this historic Lodge and Great Camp as charming and a quaint departure from everyday conveniences—a step back in time that allows you to enjoy the infinite splendors and majestic scenery that is Lacawac Sanctuary.

The Lodge is ideal for family reunions, corporate retreats, weddings, family celebrations, or a summer weekend get-away with family and friends.

Pet Friendly Notes

Permission required prior to arrival

Recreational Opportunities

  • 8 Miles of hiking trails
  • Shore access to Lake Wallenpaupack
  • Close proximity to two marinas
  • Hunting (with permission)
  • Public educational programs


Seasons Open

Spring through Fall (April 15-November 30)


Rate Range

$575 per night


Locally or Family-Owned Business


The Lodge is made of all southern yellow pine including exterior shakes and interior wall, floor and ceiling treatments. Local oak was used for the trim and exterior features such as railings and columns. It features 13 separate gables! A large, open sitting porch faces the lake. There are 8 bedrooms, a summer sleeping porch, 3 bathrooms, a large kitchen, pantry, walk in ice box, seasonal breezeway, dining room and parlor. Large screened wrap-around porches formerly adorned the exterior but were removed as a result of extensive termite damage.

Interior highlights include the Inglenook fireplace surrounded by an expansive double staircase in the parlor. A window wall and door lead outside to the large lake fronting porch. Hatch doors allow passing fire wood directly into storage boxes by the fireplace. The expansive dining room—which today can seat over 25 people for dinner—has its own fireplace and built-in oak china cabinets. The bisecting breezeway provides cool air in summer between the kitchen and the rest of the house. Off the kitchen is a large pantry with built in oak cabinets but missing are the original three stone wash sinks used by the servants, and the big coal stove.

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