UPSCALE FISHING LODGE OPENS TODAY Tailwater Lodge Debuts in Former Altmar School

Fishermen, hunters and outdoorspeople of all stripes have a new home on the Salmon River today, as The Tailwater Lodge opens in Altmar, New York.

The new lodge, housed in the former Altmar Elementary School, will welcome visitors with luxury amenities and upscale dining unique to the area.

“Upscale fishing and hunting lodges have been gaining popularity in the West,” says Tom Fernandez, Director of Business Development of the Woodbine Group, the lodge’s owner and developer.  “But Tailwater is the first of its kind on the Salmon.”

Guests at the Tailwater Lodge enjoy private access to one of the best stretches of the Salmon River, famous for some of the best sport fishing in the country.  Its 2,000 feet of reserved river frontage includes the famous Schoolhouse Pool.

“Our Guide Concierge, Captain Chris Yard, will arrange pretty much any kind of expedition a guest wants,” said Nick Miller, Resort Manager “including drift-boat trips, charter excursions on Lake Ontario, or even a raft trip in the summer.”  The lodge is also close to state-owned acreage where hunters can pursue duck, turkey and deer.

After a day in the woods or on the water, guests at the Tailwater Lodge can look forward to beautifully appointed hotel rooms, with the kind of touches normally found in upscale urban hotels.  Yet the feel is rustic and comfortable — with plenty of space to relax and enjoy the peaceful setting.

The dining experience takes the same cues. “We like to say that our restaurant is where rustic charm meets metropolitan flair,” said Bert French, head chef at the Tailwater  Restaurant.  Diners will find fine wines paired with upscale comfort food and a fresh catch of the day.  Gourmet sack lunches are available, prepared early so guests can get out on the water while the fish are biting.

The 42-room lodge also houses a conference center ideal for weddings, retreats and corporate training events.  A pro shop carries some of the best known brand names in fishing and outdoor gear.

The Woodbine Group owns three hotels in Syracuse, and is experienced at reusing old buildings in new ways.  Its Hotel Skyler, for example, is housed in a reclaimed theater and Jewish Temple.  The Tailwater Lodge breathes new life into one of Altmar’s most cherished landmarks, the Altmar Elementary School.  It is located at 52 Pulaski Street.  Reservations can be made by calling (855) 895-6343 or visiting the lodge’s website at