Squam Lakes Association Camping - Frequently Asked Questions

SLA's Camping Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I go to check in?

On the day of your camping reservation, you may go directly out to your site.  Make sure you have a copy of your completed camping reservation form with you, as Squam Lakes Association caretakers will be around to visit each site in the evening and check you in.

How do I switch my camping reservation site or date?

If you would like to change a site or date, a camper must ask for a cancellation in writing (email is fine) and then reserve the desired site/date through our website as a separate transaction.  This is much easier for us to keep track of and making the reservation through the website guarantees that the site is still available (the site is the more up-to-date information on availability).

What happens if I get rained out?

Like many other campgrounds, the Squam Lakes Association does not offer camping refunds for inclement weather.  If it rains you may choose to cancel your camping reservation (The SLA camping cancelation policy is to offer a full refund, less $25 handling fee, if a cancelation is 14 days or more prior to camping date.  50% refund if cancelation is 7 days or more prior to camping.  No refund with less than 7 days notice. Cancelations must be made in writing)

Are there fees for cancelling my reservation?

Yes.  The closer to your camping reservation date, the higher the cancelation fee.  The SLA camping cancelation policy is to offer full refund, less $25 handling fee if a cancelation is 14 days or more prior to camping date.  50% refund if cancelation is 7 days or more prior to camping.  No refund with less than 7 days notice. Cancelations must be made in writing.

Why can’t I rent more than one site per island/area per night?

Overtime it has become clear that large groups renting sites next to each other have far more significant impact to the campsites and the immediate surroundings. This regulation was put in place to preserve the experience for all along with the pristine nature of our camping sites.  

Does the SLA have a camping waiting list that I can be put on?

No.  The Squam Lakes Association does not maintain a waiting list for cancelations.  As soon as a cancelation is made to us in writing, we will make the site available on our website.  To find out the availability of a certain campsite or date, continue to view our availability online.

What amenities are available on site?

Our backcountry campsites include fire rings and composting toilets nearby.  Camping fees include 1 bundle of wood per night.  (Additional bundles can be purchased for $3/bundle at the SLA Boat Rentals building or $6/bundle near the docks. To protect the area from firewood gathering and to prevent the spread of invasive pests, you may not bring firewood to our campsites.).  We do not offer electricity, running water, picnic tables, or grates for fire pits.

Can I drink the water?

We do not recommend that you drink the water.

Can I bring my own firewood?

No.  To protect the area from firewood gathering and to prevent the spread of invasive pests, you may not bring firewood to our campsites.

How big are the tent platforms?

Bowman #1: (6 person max) has no platforms
Bowman #2: (6 person max) has 3 raised 10x10 wooden platforms
Bowman #3: (6 person max) has three 10x10 pea stone platforms
Bowman #4: (12 person max) has three raised 10x12 wooden platforms
Moon #1: (12 person max) has 3 raised 10x12 wooden platforms
Moon #2: (6 person max)has 3 10x10 pea stone platforms
Moon #3: (6 person max) has no platforms
Wister #1: (12 person max)has 3 raised 10x12 wooden platforms
Wister #2: (6 person max) has no platforms
Wister #3: (6 person max) has no platforms
Wister #4: (6 person max) has no platforms
Heron Cove: (6 person max)has 3 raised 10x10 wooden platforms

Tents must be set up on platforms where provided to prevent ground compaction.