Campground
Jean C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2019

5-star now with new bathhouse

I stayed here for the first time in August last year, but returned in October this year to enjoy the autumn colors. This is a lovely state park on a large lake, offering drive-in sites with and without water/electric hookups plus a number of primitive boat-in sites around the lake. In 2019 the bathhouse was renovated, delaying the season opening, but it was worth the weight. Bathrooms are clean and bright, offering hot showers ($) and laundry. 

Site fill up on weekends, especially prime lakefront sites.  You can choose something more open and grassy or a wooded site. There's a swimming area and boat rentals. The office has limited hours. If you arrive after 5 or 6 (depending on the day/month), you'll need to check in in the morning and won't be able to buy firewood on site.

Off site, it's a short drive to Grafton Notch State Park (ME) for hiking and waterfalls, a little farther to Bethel, ME for canoeing, biking, and other outdoor activities. The Umbabog National Wildlife Refuge also offers hiking and boating opportunities with moose, loons, eagles, and beavers, to name a few.

It was bitterly cold overnight (24-27 degrees), so I was grateful for my trailer, but it made for some beautiful, if foggy, mornings and brilliantly clear skies for stargazing. If a tent or trailer isn't your chohice, there are cabins available, too.

  • Dishwashing sinks at the end of the new bathhouse
  • The bathhouse is a short walk from a parking are on the road, just before it descends toward the lake. Wrap around deck gives nice views of the lake. showers on this side, laundry close to the front of the building. Ramp leads to the back, steps from below.
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Coin operated showers. This is an accesssible one, without a lip into the shower area and upper and lower shower heads. 2020: $0.75/3 minutes and then 0.25/minute after that.
  • Laundry
  • My trailer parked at site 3, looking back toward the bathhouse. I'm not sure what is going in the lower level; it wasn't finished yet.
  • Site 3 looking toward the lake. Open grassy are in the middle toward the beach.
  • Swimming area
  • Looking up from Umbagog Lake toward bath house
  • Site 10
  • Site 10. Lake is to the left, site 3 is straight ahead.
  • A lakefront cabin next to the boat launch
  • Looking from office toward Cabin 1 and the lake. Autumn 2020 this cabin was underoing renovations...all the windows and doors were out.
  • The wood shed
  • Cabin 5
  • Site 42, watefront
  • Site 41 is a large waterfront side with parallel parking along the loop road and a few steps down to the main site with picnic table, fire ring, and ample space for a couple of large tents
  • Another perspective of site 41. I'll also post a video
  • From the table at 41
  • Site 38
  • Extra parking for site 41
  • Site 36
  • Site 32
  • Site 30
  • Site 28. There's a pit toilet nearby
  • Site 27
  • Site 24
  • Site 50, I think
  • Site 21
  • Extra parking and the dump station.
  • Site 49
  • Site 48...this was from 2019, but I'm going to post another photo from 2020 because they've cleared trees and expanded the parking pad to the back of the site.
  • Site 46
  • Site 8
  • Parking near the bath house
  • Site 2, 5, 7, 8 are on the right side of the road
  • Site 2
  • Autumn colors
  • Frosty morning
  • From the deck of the bath house
  • Heading out...
  • There's another boat launch just a short distance down the road from the campground
  • Women's bathroom
  • Site 43
  • Site 41
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