Umbagog Campground Redevelopment

September 20, 2017

As Division continues to explore redesign options for the new bathhouse and site improvements the basecamp campsites will be closed to reservations until January 2018. In January we hope to either open the campsites or reveal a new design and construction plan/timeline.

For more information contact Johanna Lyons, State Park Planning and Development Specialist, Johanna.Lyons@dred.nh.gov.

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June, 2017

The campground redevelopment project has been delayed until after Labor Day due to high construction pricing. The Division is working to phase the project and to decrease the scope to bring the project in-line with the budget. The Umbagog Lake State Park base camp campsites will be available for reservations June 16, 2017 through September 5, 2017, after Labor Day availability will be coordinated with construction schedules. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

For more information contact Johanna Lyons, State Park Planning and Development Specialist, Johanna.Lyons@dred.nh.gov.

February, 2017

The Division and its design consultant The H.L. Turner Group Inc. have been at work finalizing the floor plan, exterior elevations and site plan for the new visitor center. The visitor center centralizes bathrooms, showers, laundry, park store, registration and features a front porch seating area that will provide amazing views of the lake. Site improvements will include a new dump station, parking lot redevelopment, road reconstruction, improved waterfront RV sites and marina upgrades.
Note:
Umbagog Lake basecamp campsites and cabins are closed for the 2017 camping season. The remote campsites are open for camping and guests will check in at basecamp at the current office cabin. To make transportation arrangements to the remote sites contact the park after May 15, 2017 at 603-482-7795.
For more information about this construction project contact Johanna Lyons, State Park Planning and Development Specialist, Johanna.Lyons@dred.nh.gov.


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.