A private campsite

Caywood Shore Road. East side of Seneca Lake just south of Wagner Vineyards
in Lodi, New York

Caywood Private Campsite offers a unique camping experience for those who love getting back to nature, but prefer to spend more time relaxing and less energy “roughing it”. This secluded camp is located on 18 acres, overlooking beautiful Seneca Lake, in the heart of Finger Lakes wine country.

This upscale campsite is centered on the “sleeping cabin”, a 12-by-28-foot elevated, screened-in structure that creates the feeling of sleeping outdoors — albeit with a roof overhead and protection from insects and curious critters. Designed by architect David Pearce and featured in the August 1999 issue of Metropolitan Home, the cabin features a double bed and air mattress, and is furnished with a dining table, a bench and side tables. There’s plenty of room to store gear, and candles are provided to light your way at night. Step out onto the cabin’s 10-foot deck, stretch out and greet the day fresh while taking in the stunning views of Seneca Lake.

There is a picnic table, a fire pit (which is kept well stocked with dry wood) and a charcoal Weber grill to fire up that classic camp-side meal. In order to minimize the environmental impact of camping, the cabin comes fully stocked with dishes, glasses, and cutlery that can be washed and dried over at the private residence, which is out of view one hundred yards away. Because there is no electricity or running water at the camp (you are camping, remember), guests are welcome to take a hot shower in the full bath, and can take advantage of wireless Internet access up at the house.

Perhaps the best part is that staying at Caywood offers none of the inconveniences of a public campsite, as there no other campers to spoil the experience. The campsite is yours to enjoy alone.

Caywood Private Campsite offers opportunity for both the adventuresome and the not-so-adventuresome to enjoy themselves. The surrounding area makes for great hiking, bicycling and birding, and the Finger Lakes National Forest is just two miles up the road. Just a short descent down the path brings you to 1500 feet of pristine lakeshore, where there is a private dock. Swim, kayak, canoe, fish or just lay out and take in some sun. There are two kayaks and a canoe for campers’ use.

After a long day out exploring the region or just lazing about down at the dock, nothing beats kicking back, uncorking a bottle of Finger Lakes wine and sharing in the peaceful glow of the sun setting over the western shore of Seneca Lake. To learn more, send me an e-mail message, or feel free to call me anytime.

Contact Bill Coppard via e-mail or at (585) 755-8871 for questions, inquiries and reservations.

The Details
$500 per week. The camp is outfitted to accommodate two to four adults (two in the sleeping cabin, and two more if you’d like to bring a tent along), but because of the steep gorges on the property and cliffs facing the lake, it is unsafe for small children should they wander unsupervised. Campsite use is for renters only, and guests are not allowed to host parties or bring more than two non-renters to the camp. Dogs are very much welcome, but firearms, weaponry and jet skis are not. 

About Bill Coppard
"After retiring as founder of Rochester’s Little Theater — a five-screen art-house theatre, gallery and cafe that I created in 1982 — I built my dream house on a lush, 18-acre property on Seneca Lake. Given the vastness of the property, I was drawn to the idea of building a private camp close to the lake where campers can enjoy the things that I love most in life: swimming, kayaking, cooking outdoors and sharing in the good life with friends over a great glass of wine."


Seneca Lake Wine Trail
Cayuga Lake Wine Trail
Keuka Lake Wine Trail
Canandaigua Lake Wine Trail
Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance
Finger Lakes Wine Country
Finger Lakes Wine Festival

Recreation / Outdoors
Finger Lakes National Forest
Taughannock Falls State Park
Ithaca Farmers' Market
Trumansburg Farmers' Market
Bonavista State Park Golf Course
Corning Museum of Glass

The Stonecat Café – Hector
Red Newt Bistro – Hector
Dano’s Heuriger on Seneca – Lodi
Suzanne Fine Regional Cuisine – Lodi
The Ginny Lee, Wagner Vineyards – Lodi
Hazelnut Kitchen – Trumansburg
The Pourhouse – Trumansburg
Simply Red Lakeside Bistro – Ovid
The Belhurst – Geneva
The Cobblestone Restaurant – Geneva
Ports Café – Geneva
Madder Lake Cafe
–  Geneva
Seneca Harbor Station – Watkins Glen

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