The cry of the loon is a constant feature at Elk Lake, which is listed by New York State as an important bird area for boreal species such as great blue heron, black-backed woodpeckers and Bicknell thrush.

Moose, bear, bobcats, marten and fisher also thrive in the preserve.

Plant life includes bogs teeming with Sundews, Pitcher Plants and Rose Pogonias, as well as Pink Lady Slippers, Indian Pipes, and on higher ground, blueberries and wild strawberries.

“Set amid more than 12,000 acres in a 'spectacular' 'Adirondack location', this 'lovely, low-key' lakeside resort (circa 1904) offers charming 'individual cabins' as well as rooms in its main lodge; it's 'great for quiet boating and hiking', as well as fishing, swimming and canoeing surrounded by beautiful mountains; guests have speedboat-free Elk Lake and Clear Pond entirely to themselves and can enjoy 45 miles of pristine trails; the room rate includes three meals and it's an easy five-hour drive from New York or Boston, so most find it's a great 'family or romantic' getaway; N.B. it's open May-October.”
- Zagat Survey
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1106 Elk Lake Road, North Hudson, NY 12855