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River Ranch

An Adirondack Outdoor Paradise amid 300 private acres bordering Ausable River only minutes from Town Center

  12 guests
  6 bedrooms
  4 full / 1 half bathrooms
  Allows Pets

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Property Features

Sleeping Arrangement

Bedroom 1
1 Double / Full
Bedroom 2
1 King
Bedroom 3
1 King
Bedroom 4
1 Bunk Bed
Bedroom 5
1 Double / Full
Bedroom 6
1 King


River Ranch is considered one of the most premier properties in the Lake Placid area and a perfect location for family gatherings.
This fabulous and very private home is located on the prestigious Adirondack Loj Road, a gateway to the High Peaks of the Adirondacks. The property includes 300 acres of open fields, wooded forestland and borders the Ausable River. The panoramic views of the High Peaks across this property are one of the most photographed scenes in the Adirondacks.

River Ranch was built in the 1930's using the wood and hand hewn beams from eight barns. The stones for the entranceway and the two large fireplaces came from Lake Champlain and the Ausable River. The house is a unique combination of rustic ranch and Adirondack decor, that is highlighted with elegant antique furniture and oriental rugs, offering guests a desirable blend of a by-gone era with modern conveniences.

The spacious living room boasts a two-story stone fireplace with elk head, vaulted ceiling with wooden beams, lofts on both sides of the living room, a grand piano and a giant picture window that presents visitors with views of glorious sunsets and Mt . Ampersand. The dining room is a formal room with split log walls, crystal chandelier and wall sconces. There is a separate room with cozy wet bar off the living room and the screened porch off the living room has plenty of seating and is attractively decorated with views of the High Peaks. The lower level holds a large playroom with a walk-in fireplace, ping pong and game tables with plenty of board games. There are two separate bedroom wings that offer a total of six bedrooms that all have nice views and comfortably sleep 12 people. Enjoy surround sound and direct satellite TV viewing. 

There is a 10 mile network of groomed trails on the property that are excellent for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, running, biking, hunting, fishing, and horseback riding. Throughout the marked trail network, there are many views of the surrounding mountains and private access to the Ausable River, which is world famous for its fishing opportunities.

The quarter mile driveway adds to the privacy of the house, as well as providing a great sledding hill in the winter. Many of the fields are mowed and provide scenic locations to set up tents for weddings or large functions and one of the fields is groomed as a golf practice range. This wonderful Lake Placid Vacation Rental is only 3 miles from the Village Main Street, 10 miles from Whiteface Mountain and just minutes away from 5 golf courses.

River Ranch is a beautifully elegant home that is an excellent location for entertaining. This home was frequently used for VIP parties during the 1980 Winter Olympics and has been featured in photographs on the walls of New York City's Grand Central Station and in "Town & Country" magazine. Plan your next getaway to the River Ranch for the ultimate vacation experience of comfort and privacy with an abundance of nature surrounding you and year round activities right outside the front door!

Bedroom 1: Primary- King bed w/ ensuite bath (handicap access, walk-in shower), radiant floor heat, Mountain Views
Bedroom 2: Bunk beds (twin, twin) with Jack & Jill bath, Mountain Views
Bedroom 3: Full, with Jack & Jill bath, Mountain Views
Bedroom 4: King with Jack & Jill bath
Bedroom 5: King (2 twins put together), lower level
Bedroom 6: Full, lower level
Bathroom 1: Tub / Shower located off lower level sitting area
Bathroom 2: Tub / Shower
Bathroom 3: Tub / Shower
Bathroom 4: Primary bath, walk-in shower, hair dryer
Bathroom 5: Half bath, lower level off bonus room

River Ranch offers a Maximum of 6 parking spaces for guest use. The Town of North Elba, Village of Lake Placid has adopted new Short-Term Vacation Rental Regulations that include rental parking limitations for the maximum number of motor vehicles allowed on property. Parking is NOT permitted on any part of the lawn or on any part of a sidewalk and like other communities the ordinance asks that you obey all regulations when parking in public.

What Awaits You

Lake Placid Main Street with shopping galore, varied dining options, breweries, theater, Mids park with year round events, Olympic Arenas with museum, indoor rinks, skating and public beach with playground, tennis courts and toboggan run
4.3 Miles Away
Mirror Lake is the center of the community with year round activity. Public beach, kayaking, canoeing or paddle boarding in the summer becomes a winter hub of activity when the lake ices over. Take a thrilling ride down the toboggan chute, skate around the 2 mile cleared track on waters edge or play a rowdy game of ice hockey!
4.3 Miles Away
Lake Placid Lake presents visitors with opportunity to launch from the public boat launch and cruise across pristine waters, enjoy water skiing/tubing fun or take a guided boat tour to learn the history of the waters and properties that surround the lake.
5.9 Miles Away
Olympic Arenas with museum, indoor rinks including the world famous Herb Brooks Rink that hosted the Miracle on Ice Game in 1980 and the outdoor speed skating oval
4.2 Miles
John Brown Farm is a historic site with museum and memorial grounds featuring period reenactments, picnic area and access to trails for hiking cross country skiing or snowshoeing.
2.9 Miles Away
Ski Jump Complex Watch ski jumpers fly, flip and spiral through the air after vaulting off the ski jumps! Take a ride on the 8 passenger gondola, experience the thrill of zip lines next to the 100 meter ski jump or take a glass elevator to the sky deck to gaze on amazing panoramic views!
1.7 Miles Away
Mount Van Hoevenberg Experience the thrill of the longest Cliffside Coaster in North America, cruise down the Bobsled run on a guided ½ mile track of up to 50 mph, bike, run, hike or watch exciting events.
5.9 Miles Away
Horse Show Grounds Excellent opportunity to watch 2 separate horse jumping competitions that take place at the end June and beginning of July.
2.4 Miles Away
Experience Outdoors Guided Zip Line Tours Guides will lead you through zip line tours with varied height levels, Adventure Park activities, 3D Archery or Mountaintop Yoga.
1.4 Miles Away
Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington beckons visitors to glide down over 3 peaks with 25 miles of trails available for varied experience levels for skiing and snowboarding in the winter along with summer gondola rides, disc golf, nature hiking and Oktoberfest festivals in the fall.
11.8 Miles Away
High Falls Gorge in Wilmington 22 Acre nature park with bridges walkways and groomed trails that showcase 4 separate waterfalls and breathtaking views of Adirondack splendor!
10.2 Miles Away
North Pole Santa’s Workshop in Wilmington is a theme park set up as a Santa’s Storybook Village geared towards children and the young at heart. Lots for families to see and do in this wondrous setting!
16.1 Miles Away
The Wild Center of Tupper Lake is a museum/adventure park sitting amid 115 acres with 54,000 square feet of indoor space that features stunning live animal and interactive exhibits along with multi-media shows in a spacious theater. The outside offers walking trails, naturalist guides throughout, guided canoe trips and special Adirondack themed workshops including the art of ice fishing and more!
32.5 Miles Away

Lake Placid and the surrounding areas feature several lakes, fishing, golfing, hunting, biking, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and so many more varied sporting or entertainment opportunities for visitors.



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New York, US
Reviewed: Aug 12, 2021
Property Manager
New York, US
Reviewed: Aug 14, 2019
Property Manager
Willsborough , US
Reviewed: Oct 4, 2017
Property Manager
Diana was amazing. Available, kind, and positive. I will work with her again in an instant and recommend her to friends and family.
The entire family loved the ranch. We heard and saw wildlife, there was plenty of room so we could visit or find other space to have quiet time. The outdoor trails were so lovely and the bonfire at night was so fun. We will come back as soon as we can!
New York, US
Reviewed: Aug 9, 2017
Property Manager
Diana was great. She took my calls and responded to all of my emails.
Rochester, US
Reviewed: Aug 7, 2017
Property Manager
The team was wonderful to work with!
Nashua, US
Reviewed: Jun 3, 2017
Property Manager
Simply superb
Made our memorial weekend a memorable one for the years to come
New York, US
Reviewed: Feb 23, 2017
Property Manager
Very enjoyable
Marlborough, US
Reviewed: Jan 19, 2017
Property Manager
Everyone was great!
Wonderfully enchanting property to take a breather from our busy schedules


Quick Question & Answer Information about our properties and services:
Q.  What type of vacation rental properties do you offer?
A.  We offer a wide selection of vacation rental properties ranging from cozy cabins to luxury retreats.  We set very high-standards to enhance your vacation experience and ensure guest satisfaction.  All Engel & Volkers rental properties are well maintained in desirable locations, fully furnished and tastefully appointed.
Q. What are your office hours?
A. Our office is open from 8:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. six days a week, Sunday’s by appointment and available to handle issues 24/7.
Q.  Where and when do I check-in the day of my arrival?
A.  Check in time is 4:00 p.m. unless we have approved and earlier check-in time. Please stop by our office to pick up your key and complimentary welcome tote. If you plan to arrive after 5:00 p.m., kindly let us know and we will make arrangements with you for key pickup.  Engel & Volkers is conveniently located at 2284 Saranac Avenue, Lake Placid, NY 12946. 
Q.  When is departure time?
A. The check-out time is 10:00 a.m., sharp. If possible, we will grant late check-out requests on the day of departure. Please call us at least 48 hours in advance if you wish to extend your check-out. Please note that late check-outs are not always available due to reservation turnovers.
Q. Is there a cleaning fee?
A. Yes, there is a one-time cleaning fee that applies to every rental. This fee is based on the number of bedrooms, bathrooms and overall size of the property. If you’d like additional housekeeping during your stay, please call us to book a mid-stay clean.
Q.  Are linens and towels included?
A.  Yes, all of our vacation rental properties include linens and towels at the property for your use.
Q.  Are paper products, soaps and other household supplies included?
Our vacation rentals are furnished with a start-up supply of paper and soap products. This includes paper towels, toilet paper, dishwashing soap, garbage bags, a clean sponge and laundry soap. Some homes may also have a basic supply of spices, cooking oil and cooking spray.  Depending on how long your stay is and your level of usage, you may need to purchase more of these items at any of the local grocery stores.
Q.  Are washers & dryers available?
A. Yes, most of our properties have a washer and dryer available.
Q. Are pets permitted?
A. Some of our vacation properties accept pets and a pet deposit is required.  Please look for a pet friendly designation on our web-site or call us and we can help arrange suitable accommodations.
Q. Is smoking allowed in my rental property?
A. No, smoking is strictly prohibited in any of our vacation properties.
Q. Is there air-conditioning in my rental property?
A.  Most properties do not have air conditioning since the average daily high temperature tends to hover around 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer months.
Q.  What other types of services can Engel & Volkers Lake Placid Real Estate assist with?
A.  We are a locally owned full-service real estate agency and vacation rental company in business since 1979.  Our hope is that you have the most enjoyable time during your stay, and that you will consider us your resource for "all things Lake Placid."  Whether you are looking for a delicious place to eat, the best place for a hike, shopping, entertainment, we will gladly share our knowledge of the area and let you in our favorites!  If you fall in love with the area and would like to find your dream home, we would welcome the opportunity to help you own your "piece of the Adirondacks".