Camping 2020

Last updated 10/13/2020

2020 CAMPING has CLOSED 

2021 CAMPING will open the second week of February 2021

See FAQ page for more information.

 

COVID-19 UPDATE- CLICK HERE

 

Camping season starts May 1st.  

Docks installed by May 22. 

Docks removed October 10.

Camping season ends October 13, 2020.

 

Bowman Island cabin rental information: click here 

 

Click here for Frequently Asked Camping Questions

 

Please only reserve 1 weekend campsite per month until April 1st. For groups wishing to reserve multiple sites, these sites must be located on different islands.  The campsite fee is a flat rate per campsite per night. All registrations must be paid in full before the site is considered reserved. 

Camping Fees

The campsite fee is a flat rate per campsite per night.  All reservations must be paid in full.

                                 Small Site      Group Site       Bowman Cabin

   Non-Member          $60                  $110                     $300
   SLA Member           $50                  $100                    $280

Cancellation and Site Change Policy

  • Full refund, less a $25 handling fee, if cancellation or change of date/site is 14 days or more prior to camping date. 
  • A change is reservation is treated as a cancellation. Email info@squamlakes.org to notify us of your cancellation then make a new reservation online.
  • 50% refund if cancellation/change is 7 days or more prior to camping date. 
  • No refund with less than 7 days' notice.
  • Please inform us of your cancellation, even when no refund is possible.
  • See FAQ page for more information.

Camping Rules & Regulations

  1. Keep it quiet, especially after 9:30pm. Headphones must be used with audio equipment.
  2. Please observe the 6-person limit at small campsites and the 12-person limit at group campsites. There will be a $35 fine for each person over the age of 2 above these limits. 
  3. Groups may not rent more than one site per island/area per night.
  4. Never leave a campfire unattended. Campfires may be prohibited during periods of high fire danger. All fires MUST be in fire ring and completely extinguished.
  5. Do NOT gather firewood at the site; firewood is available at the docks.  
  6. Tents must be set up on platforms where provided.  This is to prevent ground compaction which is harmful to the trees in and surrounding the sites. 
  7. Check-in is at 12:30 and check-out is at 11:30.  $35 fines apply for an early check-in or late check-out.
  8. Motor boats are not permitted within float lines at any time.
  9. This is a pack it in, pack it out facility. No trash receptacles are available.
  10. Pets on a leash are allowed on Bowman Island and at Chamberlain-Reynolds Memorial Forest. NO pets on Moon Island.    
  11. Firewood cannot be brought from home; it must be purchased locally to prevent the spread of invasive species.
  12. See Frequently Asked Camping Questions for more.

Violations subject to $35 fine per day/occurrence, and violators may be asked to leave if found breaking any of the above regulations.

Campsites

Click here to find campsites on our recreation map

Moon Island Campsites (~45 min. one mile paddle from SLA Headquarters. No shuttle service provided.)

  • Moon 1 - Large site, 12 person capacity, three 10ft x 16ft wooden tent platforms
  • Moon 2 - Small site, 6 person capacity, three 10ft x 10ft pea stone tent platforms
  • Moon 3 - Small site, 6 person capacity, no tent platforms

Need to rent a kayak or canoe? Call us at (603) 968-7336 and ask for boat rentals

Bowman Island Campsites (~1 hour 1.5 mile paddle from SLA Headquarters. No shuttle service provided)

  • Bowman 1 - Small site, 6 person capacity, no tent platforms
  • Bowman 2 - Small site, 6 person capacity, three 10ft x 10ft wooden tent platforms 
  • Bowman 3 - Small site, 6 person capacity, three 10ft x 10ft pea stone platforms
  • Bowman 4 - Large site, 12 person capacity, three 10ft x 16ft wooden tent platforms
  • Bowman Cabin - Large cabin, 8 person capacity. Summer rentals may be from a minimum of 2 nights to a maximum of 10 nights. No tenting allowed at this site.

Need to rent a kayak or canoe? Call us at (603) 968-7336 and ask for boat rentals

Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest Campsites (~25 min. 1 mile hike in from College Road Parking Lots, or 2 hour 2.5 mile paddle. No shuttle service provided. No vehicle access to camping areas (see map).

  • Wister 1 - Large site, 12 person capacity, three 10ft x 16ft wooden tent platforms
  • Wister 2 - Small site, 6 person capacity, no tent platforms
  • Wister 3 - Small site, 6 person capacity, no tent platforms
  • Wister 4 - Small site, 6 person capacity, no tent platforms
  • Heron Cove - Small site, 6 person capacity, three 10ft x 10ft wooden tent platforms

Leave No Trace on Squam

Plan Ahead and Prepare

     •  Know the area and what to expect 
     •  Select appropriate equipment
     •  Repackage food to reduce litter

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces 

     •  Camp only in designated campsites
     •  Always stay on the trails
     •  Concentrate impact on durable surfaces

Properly Dispose of Waste

     •  PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT
     •  Toilets are provided at each camping area
     •  Disperse dishwater at least 200 feet from the lake

Minimize Impacts

     •  Bring a camp stove for cooking
     •  Purchase wood locally or buy it from SLA
     •  Fires must be in fire pits. Never leave a campfire unattended, and be sure they are completely extinguished.

Leave What You Find

     •  Do not alter the campsites
     •  Do not damage plants and trees

Respect Wildlife

     •  Enjoy wildlife at a distance
     •  Avoid sensitive habitat areas

Be Considerate of Other Visitors

     •  Let nature’s sound prevail
     •  Respect others' privacy