Activities at the Estate

Registered guests are warmly welcome to use the following infrastructure (free of charge, our compliments):

  • Sauna Room
  • Waterfront Seating
  • Hammocks
  • Campfire Pits
  • Open Flame Campfire Cooking Kits
  • Gas Grills & Picnic Tables
  • Camp Kitchen
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Yoga/Meditation Platform
  • Kayaks
  • Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP's)
  • Fishing Docks
  • Boat Docks (please reserve in advance)

While staying at the Estate, guests may also take advantage of the following resources, available on request from local service providers:

  • Pontoon Boat Rentals (see below)
  • Sailboat Boat & Peddle Boat Rentals (see below)
  • NEW! Yoga & Pilates Instruction onsite at Silverlaken's lakefront.  Check out this link for detail.

Silverlaken Sauna

High praise from Scandinavian guests:

“Thank you for the kind service and beautiful estate. The sauna was especially great and authentic. This is coming from two Finnish people!  The best sauna we have encountered in the USA! We are 2 satisfied Finns.”

A sauna can be more than relaxing.   It is a place to cleanse body and soul. An opportunity to nurture ourselves as we retreat from the outer world.  The solitude and serenity of a lakeside sauna promotes introspection and relaxation.

Here is how to take your Silverlaken Sauna experience to the next level:

  • It's not a competition to see who can stay in the sauna the longest- breaks should be taken to cool down.
  • Infrared saunas are a joke. Colored lights, aromatic fragrances and relaxing music have nothing to do with true sauna. Real Finnish saunas are dimly lit, there’s no music or smells except for fresh cedar wood and the sound of löyly (the steam that comes off hot rocks when water hits them).
  • In groups, women and men go to sauna separately, but families go together.
  • Don’t eat too much before your sweat ritual - consider sauna a form of exercise. You wouldn’t go running on a full stomach, the same goes for spending time in the sauna.
  • Don’t enter the sauna until it’s at your preferred temperature, it is worth the wait.
  • While in the sauna, sit on a towel in an upright position. Keep your hands relaxed in your lap. Focus on the experience of the heat and how it feels against your skin.
  • After admiring the view of the lake, close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing. Breath through your mouth and note how it feels each time you exhale and inhale the warm air.
  • If your thoughts begin to wander - gently bring them back to focusing on your breathing.
  • As you start sweating - visualize the sweating as a cleansing process, clearing your body from stress and negative emotions.
  • Once out of the sauna, it’s the perfect time to exfoliate, shower and shave.


Help us keep invasive species (like the Emerald Ash Beetle) in check by using local firewood. It is actually against the law to transport firewood across county lines.  Don’t worry, firewood is readily available at the Estate and at nearby farm stands.

$5 Firewood Bundles.  1/2 the price of store-bought firewood and better for the environment! Proceeds are donated to the Perry Center Church and Rotary Club.

  • Processed by hand, on-site from fallen trees in the area.
  • Seasoned naturally outside with no-carbon footprint, never kiln dried.
  • Hand wrapped by the Silverlaken team in eco-friendly, corn-based, burnable cellophane.

Satchels are provided to help carry the firewood bundles.

Kindling Choppers & Cardboard (from the recycle bin) help get the fire going.


Campfire Pits

The various campfire pits are positioned with the prevailing wind in mind, but kindly select a different site if smoke is blowing directly towards guest accommodations.

  • A fire-starter kit with instructions is found at each campfire pit.
  • In order to avoid embers landing on the rental units, tents and boats, please use only the designated campfire pits.
  • Consult the Estate Map for the location of the campfire pits.

Special Notes for Water Activities


Due to safety concerns, insurance restrictions and lack of lifeguards, we are unable to offer a swimming area at Silverlaken.  But guest often paddle out into the lake on the SUPs and Kayaks to cool off in the water. The Perry Public Beach is just a few miles away at the North East end of the lake as well.

Boat Rentals is based next to the Silverlaken Lodge and offers kayak rentals, peddle boats, sunfish & catamaran sailing. Please contact them directly for rates and availability.

Powerboats rentals are available at If you wish to rent a pontoon boat, please contact the marina well in advance of your trip to make a reservation as their fleets gets booked fast in the summer.

Complementary Watercraft at Silverlaken

The following watercraft are found in the common area at the Estate and offered free of charge to registered guests.

  • 1 Blue Mini Kayak for a Small Child
  • 10 Red Kayaks
  • 4 SUP (Stand Up Paddleboards)

First come-first serve:  there is no formal reservation system for use of the boats.  Consider limiting your use of the craft to 1 hour or less during weekends or busy periods to ensure all guests have a chance to have fun.


Watercraft are used at your own risk.  Please don't use the watercraft if you are not a strong swimmer or don’t know how to paddle.


  • Life jackets are required by law. To ensure a proper fit, please bring your own life jackets.  There are some extra jackets in the outdoor box near the boats but no guarantee they will fit every guest comfortably.
  • Check the weather. Wind can easily push you and your boat far away from the Estate.
  • Please stay close to shore when paddling.
  • Watercraft without navigational lighting are not allowed on the lake after dark for safety reasons, per local laws.
  • For your safety, please be sure to wear some type of footwear when standing in the water or walking around the lakefront. Shoes will protect you from the occasional leech or sharp shellfish that live in the Finger Lakes region.
  • Guests are responsible for lost or damaged equipment.
  • Please return the boat/paddles/life jackets to the assigned spot in the common area.

Dockage/ Launch Ramp

A lunch ramp with parking area for tow vehicles/trailers is found less than a mile from Silverlaken at the Silver Lake State Park.

If agreed in advance, certain docks at Silverlaken may be used to tie up your boat during your stay. In the event of strong winds or large boats, you may need to pull your boat out of the water at the end of the day, as the docks are residential duty rather than commercial.


A valid New York State fishing license is required for ages 16 and up.  You will find small pan fish under the docks at Silverlaken. Larger game fish inhabit the deeper water about 50 feet off the shore, along the weed bed.

Please do not fillet your fish at Silverlaken and never dispose of fish guts on the estate grounds or trash bins. It attracts scavengers and the occasional bear!

Guests must be very careful when fishing to never leave sharp hooks and tackle on the ground at Silverlaken.

The local convenience and hardware stores offer live bait.

The Silver Lake State Park at South End of the lake offers 1000 feet of shoreline, suitable for fishing.