Umbagog Campground Redevelopment

December 13, 2016

Background
The Division of Parks and Recreation has owned property on Umbagog Lake since 1966 and with the addition of the campground in 1998 a developed/direct gateway to the lake was secured for recreation. When the Division purchased the campground from its the private owners, Jim and Carolyn Willard, not much had changed since the site was first developed in the mid-1940’s.

The last 18 years of state ownership has seen steady improvement to the basecamp area with upgrades to electrical, water and septic systems, however, there has been limited investment in the facilities. The popularity of the remote sites has put added pressure on the boat launch and marina area. The campground and remote sites enjoy some of the highest occupancy in the State Park System.

In July 2015 the NH State Legislature appropriated funding for a new toilet building at the park. A program of work has been developed by park staff to include:
  • Park Office with reception desk, store and outside gathering space on a covered porch.
  • Upgrades to the marina to make launching more efficient.
  • New parking configuration to accommodate remote site vehicles and extra campground vehicles.
  • Men’s and women’s toilet rooms.
  • Family bathroom (1).
  • Shower stalls (4).
  • Laundry area.
  • Dishwashing area.
The division has been working with design consultants to develop alternatives and design a new park facility and marina improvements. Preliminary design should be available by the New Year. Construction is expected to begin in May 2017.

Looking Ahead
The construction is going to have a major impact on the base camp area. Space will be needed to stage equipment and materials and what space we have remaining will need to serve as parking for the remote sites. Until further notice, Umbagog Lake basecamp campsites and cabins will be closed for camping in 2017. Remote campsites will be open for camping and guests will still check in at basecamp. We plan on working with the contractor to try and make selected basecamp sites and cabins open later in the season depending upon how construction progresses.

Vacation Ideas in the Great North Woods!
Check out these campgrounds near Umbagog Lake Campground.
  • Coleman State Park, Just 18 miles west of Errol NH in West Stewartstown NH, this park has a 25 site campground and cabin rentals that are available year round at Coleman Estates. Cabin amenities include: clothes washer, dryer, fridge, hot water, stove/oven, Keurig, toaster, microwave, pots, pans and utensils, linen, oil heat and lighting.
  • Lake Francis State Park, This campground in Pittsburg NH provides 45 sites including 9 sites with hook-ups and 9 sites for ATV camping. The park offers excellent base for fishing, wildlife viewing and kayaking.
  • Milan Hill State Park, Located ten miles north of Berlin NH near popular areas for hiking, picnicking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and wildlife viewing. This small campground offers 4 yurts and 6 campsites.
  • Mollidgewock State Park, Approximately 28 miles north of Berlin NH and three miles south of Errol NH, this primitive tenting campground offers campsites, including remote and canoe-to sites along the Androscoggin and Magalloway Rivers.
  • Moose Brook State Park, Just off Route 2 in Gorham NH, the 59 site campground is ideally located for fishing in the Peabody and Moose rivers. There is a swimming area and many trails in the park are great for exploring on foot or mountain bike and provide a great base-camp area when exploring the northern White Mountain National Forest peaks.
For more information contact Johanna Lyons, State Park Planning and Development Specialist, Johanna.Lyons@dred.nh.gov.

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