Lake Parties at Sunny Hill

Enjoy lakeside celebrations all summer long

Every week, the shores of Lake Loree are aglow with a patriotic party, complete with delicious food, live music and lots of time to gather with family and friends to reflect on how grateful and proud we are to live in such a wonderful country.

To add to the magic, we bring out the Just For Fun Rides, the Singing Bear Jamboree, and the Flying Elephants. The excitement that your children will have at this party will stay with your family for a lifetime.

After the sun sets beyond the green Catskill Mountains, a dazzling display of fireworks will light the sky above Lake Loree. We have heard comments from guests who live in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Florida who have commented that the fireworks display is as good, if not better, as those from their hometowns.

History of Lake Loree

​A miracle happened at Sunny Hill in 1954 when a local bulldozer operator, Bud Young, suggested building a lake on Sunny Hill’s grounds where there are no streams or sizable springs of any kind, In fact, for many years Sunny Hill was plagued by lack of good water supplies and the Nicholsens were forced to have wells drilled deeper and deeper.

At Bud’s suggestion, more than 15 acres of woods were cleared and he proceeded to dig out the stumps and build a dam. He uncovered a considerable number of surface springs which yielded a small amount of water. However, when the melting snows and Spring thaws came, the Nicholsens were amazed to see the lake fill up with water and hold it’s level to a surprising degree because of the clay content of the soil. The lake was named Lake Loree in honor of Gail Loree Nicholsen and has been a real “godsend” to Sunny Hill in enabling storage of millions of gallons of water used for resort consumption, boating and fishing, and the maintenance of the golf course.

Now a central feature of our resort it is stocked with game fish, including large mouth and calico bass, blue gill, rainbow trout, sunfish and perch. Lakeside, you’ll find a pavilion, a picnic area with row boats and paddle boats, and scenic nature trails perfect for family walks.

Every Friday night in the summer, we host the Friday Night’s “Celebration of America.” We pull out all the rides, host live bands on our outdoor stage, eat hotdogs and ice cream, and top it off with fireworks!

Cookouts on the lake serve up to 300 – a great solution for family reunions and other group activities. Group outings are available.