Cabin Rules


Regulations Regarding Campsites and Camps

Foreword: Kempshall Mountain Club offers its members the opportunity to select an approved campsite on the club’s leased land and to build on that site a permanent camp.  The camp must meet all applicable regulations imposed on structures and sites by municipal, county, state and Adirondack Park regulatory agencies and statutes, by A.T.P. or its successors and by Kempshall Mountain Club.

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The intention of the club is to maintain the natural state of its leased land while, at the same time, providing the benefits of permanent camps to members who desire those benefits.  Members so desiring are required to select their sites from the limited number available on the club’s areas designated as campsites, obtain the club’s approval by meeting all the requirements established by the club as conditions for erecting a permanent camp and then erect such a camp within a reasonable period following the approval of their application.  Sites are distributed, first come, first served.

A further intention of the club is to be responsive to the growing need among members for family-oriented recreational activities on club land.  A final intention of the club is to stabilize membership and to provide the club with a stable annual income.

From time to time, existing cabins may become available for sale. Any person(s) considering the purchase of a cabin, must first apply and be accepted as a member(s) by the Board of Directors BEFORE the purchase takes place!

Regulations  1. A camp must be owned by at least two active members and may be owned by as many as four active members, but not more.  Each member owning a camp or paying a fee for a site upon which to build a camp, must pay full, active membership dues even if that member qualified for special, reduced new-membership dues for the first year or ordinarily would have earned the right to pay reduced dues as a retired member.  Moreover, each of these members must also pay any assessments and the prevailing fee, if any, for a guest pass.  Only members in good standing are permitted to make application for sites, build camps and be the legal owners of such camps.  Any active member who terminates membership or who has membership revoked for just reasons or who chooses to move from active membership to retired status with reduced annual dues cannot be listed as the owner of a camp or the holder of a reserved campsite.

  1. A retired member paying reduced dues  must change membership status to active and pay full dues and assessments, if any, plus any prevailing fee for a guest pass as one of the conditions for reserving a campsite or owning a camp on club land.
  2. The requirement for a minimum of two active-member applicants for each campsite or two active-member owners for each camp may be waived at the discretion of the club or its president if an active member seeking to be sole applicant or owner pays, above and beyond the required annual dues and assessments for a single active membership and any required annual fee for a single guest pass, an additional yearly supplement equal in amount to the annual dues and assessments for an active membership and any annual fee for a guest pass.  In effect, a member choosing to be a sole applicant for a  site and a sole owner of a camp built on that site, will be obligated to pay for two active memberships and two guest passes and two members’ assessments, of any, yearly.  These would be in addition to the annual site-rental fees due to the club and to A.T.P.
  3. At any one time, a camp may not be occupied by more than four members and four guests covered by guest passes.  This limitation on occupancy does not take into its count members’ spouses and members’ dependent  children under the age of eighteen years or members’ children enrolled as full time college or university students or members’ children serving full time in the armed forces of the United States.
  4. The member-owners of each camp must pay all taxes and municipal fees as well as annual site-rental fees levied by the club and by A.T.P.  In addition, members who have reserved campsites must pay to the club an annual site-rental fee.  The club’s site-rental fee shall be determined annually by the club or its president.
  5. To reserve a campsite, a member choosing to be a sole applicant and camp owner, or two members (but not more than four members) planning to reserve a site and build a camp as co-owners, must complete an application specifying the site and file it together with the appropriate site-rental fee due the club for the first year.  The application must be filed with the president of the club and with A. T. P.  Both must approve or deny the request for a campsite reservation within one-hundred-and twenty days.  Approvals are required from both for construction to be allowed.  Camp construction must be initiated, the exterior must be completed and the structure must be municipally approved for occupancy within fifteen months of the club presidents’ approval of the campsite reservation.  During the periods in which the site is reserved, the site must be listed in the name of at least two active members who shall be paying full dues and assessments plus the cost of two guest passes and who shall be responsible for all fees and taxes due on the site, including the annual site-rental fee due to the club.  A member choosing to be a sole applicant shall be responsible during this site-reservation period to pay the club the equivalent of two yearly dues for active membership and two yearly guest passes plus any additional assessments that the club might levy from time to time on its members.  Such member acting as a sole applicant shall be responsible for all fees and taxes dues on the site, including the annual site-rental fee due to the club.
  6. A camp or associated structure may not be erected within one-hundred-and fifty feet of any other camp or campsite nor may any camp structure be closer than one-hundred-and-fifty feet from the shorelines of County Line Flow or Fishing Brook.  Camp design and construction must comply with all prevailing standards and regulations and, furthermore, must conform to architectural standards which shall be established from time to time by the club’s president in consultation with officers and the board of directors and which shall be enforced by the club or the president.
  7. Camp owners may not use motorized watercraft on any of the waters mentioned in these regulations nor may they place docks for their personal use on any of these waters.
  8. Site applicants and camp owners are responsible for the timely payment of all dues, fees, charges, assessments and taxes.  Any failure to comply with their responsibilities as members, applicants or owners will lead to revocation of their memberships, their campsite reservation and their right to keep and occupy a camp on the club’s leased land.
  9. Camp owners are expected to conduct themselves when in camp or on club land in a manner befitting a law-abiding citizen, a good sportsperson and a considerate neighbor.  Members owning camps or having site reservations are required to remover all trash, litter, garbage, refuse and abandoned property from their site and to dispose of this material in a proper area for disposal.  These members are also required to store petroleum products, flammable fuels and other hazardous substances in a safe manner satisfactory to the club and to A. T. P.  When required, any of these hazardous substances must be removed from camps and sites and disposed of in accordance with existing laws, rules and regulations.  Violations are subject to review by the officers and board members of the club who may recommend to the club president that the member or members in violation be expelled from the club’s land.  The club president will review and, when appropriate, will implement and enforce such a recommendation.

The above has been reviewed and approved by officers and members of the Board of Directors during early September 1998.  Presented to the membership and approved at the annual meeting, September 13, 1998.


If you need data on building a cabin, call Joe Holmes at 518-854-9290.  He is the liaison between F & W Forestry and the club on cabin matters.



A maximum of three structures are allowed:  a hunting/fishing cabin, a storage shed, and an outhouse.  A hunting/fishing cabin is defined as being less than 500 square feet in size (outside dimensions) and less than 18 feet high from the undisturbed ground level (lofts are not allowed).  A storage shed is defined as being less than 100 square feet in size (outside dimensions) and less than 8 feet in height.  An outhouse is defined as a small (less than 36 square feet) one-door structure built specifically for human waste disposal to a shallow pit.

  1. Building plans for hunting/fishing cabins will be supplied by Lessor or Lessor’s Agents, and must be followed.
  2. All buildings and structures shall be set back at least 100 feet from any water body, water course or wetland, and must be approved by Lessor or Lessor’s Agents (setbacks may exceed 100 feet depending on local zoning).
  3. All sewage disposal systems (outhouses and surface discharge of gray water) shall be set back at least 100 feet from any water body or water course including a lake, pond, river, stream (permanent or intermittent), floodway, or wetland, and must be approved by Lessor or Lessor’s Agents (setbacks may exceed 100 feet depending on local zoning).  Dry wells or ay other below ground surface disposal systems are not allowed.
  4. Suggestions for cabin materials include clapboards, board & batten, Adirondack siding, logs or half logs, and Texture 111 siding.
  5. Roofs will be galvanized or aluminum roofing, asphalt shingles or rolled roofing.
  6. Cabins are to be painted green, brown or gray.
  7. Cabins are to be physically numbered using numbers assigned by Lessor or Lessor’s Agents.  The numbers shall be no less than 3” in height, and painted or placed over the entrance door of each cabin.
  8. No vegetation (including trees, bushes, etc.) can be cut or removed from leased land and no trees or brush can be cut to create a lawn without prior approval from Lessor or Lessor’s Agents.
  9. The lessee is responsible for complying with all local or regional requirements regarding hunting/fishing cabin construction.
  10. Permission to build is for the current season only (May to October).  If a building project has not commenced during the seasons in which it was approved, the applicant must repeat the approval process.

The attached cabin start construction and cabin completion forms must be filled out by the applicant, after beginning cabin construction, and at the end of cabin construction (respectively)



  1. Cabin owner is responsible for meeting all state and local regulations that apply to cabin construction.
  2. Cabin dimensions (outside measures)
    a.         Width:  16 feet
    b.         Length  30 feet
    c.         Height:  18 feet
  3. One accessory structure (with a footprint of less than 100 square feet) which cannot be attached to the cabin.
  4. One outhouse structure (with a footprint of less than 36 square feet) which cannot be attached to the cabin.
  5. Cabin and Accessory Structure locations must be approved by Lessor or Lessor’s Agents.
  6. Septic systems, dry wells, or any other below ground surface waste disposal systems, are not allowed.
  7. No unauthorized cutting of vegetation.
  8. No cutting of trees or brush.


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