FAQ COVID-19

Last updated 8/18/2020

 

For non-COVID-19 camping questions view "Frequently Asked Camping Questions" on our camping page. 

If camping closes due to COVID-19 you will be refunded.

Please check your emails (and spam folder) frequently for any updated camping information/policies.

 

COVID-19 Camping information and Policies

The following decisions were made in accordance with the guidelines established by the Governor's task force and the CDC. We are strongly factoring in the safety and health of our campers, our staff, and the Lakes Region community as we make these decisions. If you or anyone in your group feels uncertain about camping please contact us (email or phone) to cancel your reservation, you will receive a full refund. The guidelines regarding camping were issued at the beginning of May and are updated following any new recommendations from the Governor. We are unsure if or when they will be lifted, but we will continue to remain up-to-date on the provided guidance as the summer progresses in order to provide our campers with any updates on our campsite policies and procedures.

 

Email Updates.

Campers will be notified via email with any updated information/policies during their stay.

Check your spam folders as well.

 

Who can camp?

In accordance with the Governor’s orders, camping on our facilities is open to New Hampshire residents, SLA members, and out-of-state guests. Please see the below Statement of Quarantine Form for more information. If you are not a resident of one of the following New England states: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut or Rhode Island it is requested, per the Governor's orders, that you quarantine yourself for two weeks prior to entering New Hampshire. 

 

Checking-In and Statement of Quarantine Form.

You will receive an email from camping@squamlakes.org containing updated information along with a Statement of Quarantine Form. NH residents, residents of New England states and non-New England residents must complete and return this form the day before or day of your stay. As outlined in the Governor's Safe at Home Order, all registered non-New England guests must attest that they have quarantined at home for 14 days and sign the provided Statement of Quarantine Form and must provide a copy of their Driver's license as proof of residency; you may email a picture to camping@squamlakes.org.

Our Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) members will be checking in campers at the physical campsites as we have done in previous summers. The LRCC member checking you in will be wearing a facemask and will approach your campsite using the path leading up to the campsite but will not enter your campsite. They will talk to you at a distance for the purpose of receiving camper feedback and ensuring that campers are following SLA campsite rules provided on your reservation confirmation sheet.

 

-New England is the collection of six (6) states located in the Northeastern region of the United States. These states include Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. 

 

Boat Rental Procedures

We are providing canoe and kayak rentals to campers at this time for the purpose of accessing campsites. We do not rent powerboats. To reserve a canoe or kayak please email camping@squamlakes.org or call 603-968-7336 ext15. To minimize contact we will place your rented canoes and/or kayaks close to the shoreline of SLA's headquarters cove by 10 AM the day of your rental with a sign taped to it a that says your name and all life jackets and paddles inside of the boats. Please make all boat reservations at least one day prior to your arrival between the hours of 9 AM and 4 PM as our office building is not open to the public at this time and there is limited cellular service on our campus, which makes processing last-minute reservations challenging. If you have a weekend camping reservation you must make a reservation the Thursday or Friday prior to your stay- no exceptions. We do not have the staff on weekends to process a reservation.

If you are renting a canoe or kayak to access your campsite please take into consideration your boating experience and the weather for the duration of your stay. If the weather conditions look to be beyond your boating experience please consider canceling your trip for a full refund. We are unable to retrieve any boaters caught in tumultuous weather conditions due to the present circumstance.

We will not provide boat rentals to non-campers.

 

Docks

All the docks are installed on Moon Island, Bowman Island, and Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest.

 

Bathroom Facility Procedures

We have developed a multi-step approach to the bathroom facilities adjacent to the campsites. We posted signage on the restrooms and at access points to the islands and Chamberlain Reynolds to notify people that the bathrooms are closed. These signs are intended for day visitors to the islands. Campers may use the bathrooms at their own discretion. A spray bottle with soap is provided in each stall, which you can use to spray down the toilet before and after use.

Locks are installed at all SLA camping bathrooms. An email containing a passcode and instructions on how to open the lock will be sent or has already been sent out.

For campers uncomfortable using a shared facility, we are also providing a portable toilet to any group that is camping. The portable toilets are five-gallon buckets with a secured toilet seat attachment. Lining the bucket is a bag with a powder that solidifies liquid waste. We created a pick-up and drop-off location for these buckets, which is located by the SLA's canoe and kayak storage building. The buckets are located in a pen with one side being pick-up and the other being drop-off. Please take one bucket from the pick-up side. The bag will be folded up on the bottom of the bucket. You will need to unfold the bag and set it into the bucket. The bucket will also contain a rock for the purpose of weighing down the bucket. Please do not remove the rock. You may want to consider bringing a tarp to set up a privacy shelter when using the portable toilet system. When the bag is full you fold it up into the small grey bag and use the zip-lock to secure the bag closed. You may choose to dispose of the bag back at your residence or you can place the bag in the blue bin located adjacent to the pick-up/drop-off location. Please do not leave these bags on the islands or place them anywhere outside the provided receptacle on SLA's campus. Please place the bucket toilet on the drop-off side. As we mentioned in our previous email, we request that you please bring your own toilet paper. We also ask you please to not relieve yourself directly on the forest floor as fecal matter can lead to the transmission of viruses and/or the offloading of harmful nutrients into Squam.

We do not provide sanitary wipes or hand soap. Toilet paper is not guarantee, so we ask that you bring your own.

If you are uncomfortable with either of our bathroom facility options please cancel your reservation and will provide you with a full refund.