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Sullivan County mid range lake communities
Wolf Lake near Wurtsboro, NY

Wolf Lake, a lake community in the Sullivan County Catskills near Wurtsboro

Wolf Lake, a 380 acre non-motorboat lake located between Wurtsboro and Rock Hill, is one of the most desired lake communities in Sullivan County. The reason? Wolf is very focused on maintaining a rustic mountain lake getaway feel to the community, with extensive covenants to preserve the ‘forever wild’ ambiance.

In addition to the lake, the Wolf Lake community owns about a thousand surrounding acres that owners can use for hiking, hunting, snowmobiling, ATVing and cross country skiing. They also have a second, smaller lake, Bass Pond, that has no houses on it and is reserved exclusively for fishing. This makes Wolf an ideal four season getaway for outdoor enthusiasts. To top it all off, Wolf is one of Sullivan’s closest lakes to New York City, just 80 miles from the George Washington Bridge.

Houses here are on 1/4 to 1/2 acre parcels, but with the mature trees and covenants against tree cutting and vegetation clearing, many feel quite private. Originally, the cottages at Wolf were just seasonal, not winterized for year round use. Over the years most have been upgraded into year round homes, but there are still some seasonal, summer use only cottages here. The original cottages were small, about 1,000 square feet with a couple of bedrooms, and there are quite a few still in that size range. There are now larger homes here, ranging up to about 2,400 square feet, but you won’t find the mega lake lodges that dot many other lakes. Wolf actually now has a covenant limiting maximum house size, in keeping with the idea that very large homes would detract from the feeling of the lake.

While there are extensive outdoor recreation opportunities here, the ‘built’ recreation amenities are limited to a clubhouse and community beach (which does have a lifeguard during the summer.) There aren’t any tennis courts or swimming pools at Wolf.

Lakefront houses here start at about $250,000 for a small seasonal cottage (not winterized for year round use) or a ‘fixer’ cottage needing work, to about $600,000 for a larger 3 or 4 bedroom updated year round home. Non-lakefront houses range from about $175,000 for a smaller seasonal to the mid $300’s for a larger year rounder. Inventory tends to be very limited here, with very few houses on the market at any given time.

If you’d like to rent out your lake house occasionally to bring in some income, take Wolf off your list. Wolf Lake is focused on being an owner occupied community, and does not permit rentals at all.

Wolf Lake Quicks Facts
  • Non-motorboat lake
  • Approx. 380 acres
  • Private, no public access, not not gated. (Roads are public and town maintained.)
  • About 1,000 acres of shared community land, available to owners for hunting, hiking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and ATVing.
  • 75 miles from the George Washington Bridge
  • Parcel sizes: approx. 1/4 to 1/2 acre
  • Rentals, short or long term, not permitted.
  • House prices: Lakefront $250,000 to $600,000. Non-lakefront $175,000 to $350,000.