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The following is a list of official campsites from the Connecticut River's Headwaters south to the Long Island Sound. While most of the river shore is privately-owned, a number of generous landowners have agreed to host the public at primitive campsites on their land. Click on the name of the campsite to learn more and to view it on a map. Please note that there is an eighty mile stretch of the Connecticut River between Barton Cove Campground and River Highlands State park where no official campsites have been developed yet. If you wish to camp on private land in this region, seek the permission of the landowner.
Campsite River Mile State Site Description Site Steward Maximum Group Size Site Status
Deer Mountain Campground 409 New Hampshire Drive-in access from Route 3. Just south of the Canadian border, this 25-site primitive campground is located in Connecticut Lakes State Forest. Student Conservation Association Suitable for Large Groups Open
Lake Francis State Park 387.5 New Hampshire Drive-in access from Route 3. In the Great North Woods this lakefront park offers 45 sites for tent camping as well as some two-way hookups. The park offers excellent base for fishing, wildlife viewing and kayaking. New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation Suitable for Large Groups Open
Holbrook Point 361.1 Vermont Holbrook Point is a beautiful campsite situated under a canopy of silver maples on the edge of a floodplain forest. It is situated at a bend in the river, about 1.3 miles south of the Colebrook Bridge. Vermont River Conservancy 12 Campers Open
Columbia Campsite 359.3 New Hampshire Quiet campsite on edge of field. Columbia Conservation Commission 12 Campers Open
Lyman Falls (NH) 350.7 New Hampshire

A campsite has been developed for paddlers' on an island immediately across the river from Lyman Falls State Park and just upstream of the breached dam at Lyman Falls.

Columbia Conservation Commission 12 Open
Lyman Falls State Park 350.6 Vermont Several campsites below breached dam. River and foot access only. NorthWoods Stewardship Center Suitable for Large Groups Open
Belknap Campsite 347.7 Vermont Small campsite, accessable by paddling or lining a boat slightly upstream on the Nulhegan River, just past the Rt 102 bridge. Foot access possible on a short trail behind a Northern Forest Canoe Trail kiosk. Campsite situated on the river's north shore. State of Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation Small Groups - Room for Three Tents Open
Maine Central Railroad Trestle 340.8 Vermont Beautiful campsite maintained by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, conserved through the efforts of Bruce and Mary Sloat. The site is immediately downstream of granite railroad trestle, on the Vermont side. Northern Forest Canoe Trail 12 Campers, 3 Tents Open
Samuel Benton Campsite 333.9 Vermont The campsite is situated in a grove of trees on a sandy bluff, at the edge of a field, on privately owned farmland. Northern Forest Canoe Trail 12 Campers, 3 Tents Open
Scott C. Devlin Memorial Campsite 324.3 Vermont Situated in a shady stand of pines about two miles below the confluence of the Upper Ammonusooc, after the river makes a tight 180 degree turn near 102. Vermont River Conservancy 12 Open
South Guildhall Campsite 317.4 Vermont Beautiful campsite situated in floodplain forest, with great views of the White Mountains. Vermont River Conservancy 12 Campers, 3 Tents Open
Beaver Trails Campground 313.2 New Hampshire Private riverside campground. Caters to RVs, but grassy meadow provided for tent camping. For reservations and info call 888-788-3815 or visit www.beavertrailsnh.com Beaver Trails Campground Large Groups Open
Gilman Dam Portage Campsite 301.7 New Hampshire Camping allowed in grassy field along portage trai. No amenities. Ampersand Energy LLC Suitable for Large Groups Open
Dalton Primitive Campsite 298.8 New Hampshire

Located just north of high tension line that crosses the narrow, north arm of the reservoir, on the New Hampshire side.

TransCanada Hydro Northeast Large Groups Open
Moore Primitive Campsite 289.9 New Hampshire Recently established campsite for paddlers only. Features include five tent platforms, picnic tables, and fire rings. No toilet facilities (yet) but one can walk about 1/4 mile downriver on the trail to the boatramp and use its porta potty. Remember, like most of the CT River campsites - this is to be accessed from the river only. TransCanada Hydro Northeast Large Groups - 5 Tents Open
Stevenson Campsite 280.2 Vermont Located on a shady river terrace on the New Hampshire side of the river, across from the north end of Stevens Island. Vermont River Conservancy 3 tents Open
Stephan's Island 274 New Hampshire

Peaceful island with sandy beach, towering pines, and rocky knoll.

Vermont River Conservancy 12 Open
Fiddlehead Island 273.5 New Hampshire A peaceful campsite is located on the third wooded island in reach between McIndoe Falls and Dodge Falls. Vermont River Conservancy 12 Open
Dodge Falls Campsite 272.4 New Hampshire Small campsite at the portage of Ryegate Dam, about .5 miles north of Dodge Falls. Dodge Falls Associates, LP 8 Open
Howard Island Campsite 265 New Hampshire In Haverhill, about 2 miles below the Woodsville Bridge. The northern campsite is located at the northeast end of this island with access on a moderately-sloped cobblestone bank. The southern campsite is at the southwestern corner of the island. Upper Valley Land Trust Large Groups Closed for the season
Horse Meadow 262 Vermont

Campsite located above a high, steep, slippery bank on the outside of a river bend. Not currently maintained - use at your own risk.

Open
Harkdale Farm Campsite 259 Vermont Access on Vermont side at second large oxbow downstream of Howard Island, across from high eroding sand bank that meets small brook with fallen trees. Upper Valley Land Trust 12 Closed for the season
Vaughan Meadow Campsite 253.2 Vermont Located on the Vermont side one mile below the old Bedell Bridge abutment. Located on a wooded bank after the river turns from SE to S, a few hundred yards north of the Bradford line. Upper Valley Land Trust 12 Closed for the season
Bugbee Landing Campsite 248.8 Vermont

The school allows camping in a mowed area adjacent to the boat launch.

12 Open
Underhill Campsite 245.6 New Hampshire Past Bug's Island. Located at the mouth of Eastman Brook, before the river veers west. Piermont Conservation Commission 12 Closed for the season
Pastures Campground 239.5 New Hampshire Private campground with hot showers, dishwashing facilities, w-fi, and more. Learn more at www.thepastures.com. The Pastures Campground Large Groups Open
Birch Meadow Campsite 237.8 Vermont Two miles below the arch bridge, on a low wooded point just above the marshland at the outlet of Lake Morey. Upper Valley Land Trust 12 Closed for the season
Roaring Brook Campsite 235.3 Vermont Grassy site between two brooks. The stairs were lost in the October 2010 floods. The take out has been moved to the upstream brook to prevent further bank erosion on the downstream banks. Upper Valley Land Trust 12 Closed for the season
Patchen's Point 223.9 Vermont

A pleasant and roomy camping spot nestled in a grove of White Pines north of Hanover.

12 Open
Gilman Island Campsite 220.4 New Hampshire Large group campsite on the south tip of the island. LL Bean Outdoor Discovery School Two Sites, 10 Campers each Open
Burnaps Island Campsite 212.1 New Hampshire Located about 3 miles below the mouth of the Mascoma River and the I-89 bridge at West Lebanon, and just above the mouth of the Ottauquechee River. Access is from the west side of the island, on the main channel. Upper Valley Land Trust 8 Closed for the season
Burnham Meadow Campsite 205.3 Vermont Located on the Vermont side four miles below Sumner’s Falls, 1 mile below Hart Island, and 3 miles above the Windsor-Cornish covered bridge. On an elevated bench just south of Bashan Brook, where the river bends to the east. Take out is about 50 yards south of Bashan Brook. Upper Valley Land Trust Large Groups Closed for the season
Path of Light Garden Campsites 205 Vermont

The Path of Life Garden offers unique camping opportunities, with deluxe three-room Outfitter Tents in the Path of Life Garden that sleep six people each on cots. By reservation only.

Open
Wilgus State Park Campground 196.3 Vermont Just past the mouth of the Sugar River, NH. Steep and muddy takeout. State of Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation Eight Campsites Open
SCA Campsite 189.5 New Hampshire Two miles below Hubbard Island. Managed by the Student Conservation Association, who occasionally may use the site for short durations in the summer to house crews. First come, first served basis or call ahead for large group reservation requests. Contact Vallerie Bailey - Vbailey@thesca.org or (603) 504-3264. Student Conservation Association 2 Small Groups Open
Lower Meadow Campsite 177.6 New Hampshire Designed for one-night stays by nonmotorized boaters. TransCanada Hydro Northeast 10 Open
Westminster Campsite 172.1 Vermont

Small campsite at mouth of Morse Brook, beneath a stand of silver maples.

Vermont River Conservancy 12 Campers, 3 Tents Closed for the season
Windyhurst Campsite 165.1 New Hampshire A primitive campsite open to the public, only for nonmotorized boats. Vermont River Conservancy 12 Open
Wantastiquet Campsite 148 Vermont Primitive campsite that accomodates small groups of canoeists and kayakers. TransCanada Hydro Northeast 8 Open
Stebbins Island Campsite 142.5 Vermont Located .8 mile downstream of Vernon Dam. TransCanada Hydro Northeast Small groups Open
Munn's Ferry Campsite 128 Massachusetts

Munns Ferry in Northfield is a small camping area for boaters and canoeists only. Tent sites are $22/night and the Adirondack shelter is $30/night.

FirstLight Power Resources 12 Open
Barton Cove Campground 118 Massachusetts

Located on a rocky peninsula jutting into the Connecticut River, Barton Cove is an ideal place to take a day trip or camp for the week.

FirstLight Power Resources Closed for the season
Hatchery Brook Primitive Campsite 115.5 Massachusetts

Scenic paddler accessible campsite, developed in 2016.

Appalachian Mountain Club 12 Closed for the season
Whately Oaks Primitive Campsite 105.5 Massachusetts

Features two tent platforms and a privy. Suitable for large groups.

Appalachian Mountain Club 12 Closed for the season
River Highlands State Park 35.5 Connecticut

State park with two campsites for paddlers on one-night stays. Reservations required

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection 6 Open
Hurd State Park 23 Connecticut

A beautiful and quiet campsite offering primitive, riverside sites for individuals traveling on the river.Reservations required

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Open
Gillette Castle State Park Campground 13 Connecticut

A campsite for paddlers nestled within a popular state park, just upstream of a historic ferry. Reservations required

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Open
Selden Neck State Park - Cedars Camp Area 11 Connecticut

Nestled in a calm backwater on the north end of scenic Seldom Neck State Park. Reservations required .

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection 20 campers Open
Selden Neck - Hogback Camp Area 10.5 Connecticut

Popular primitive campsite for paddlers and boaters. Reservations required

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Open
Selden Neck - Springledge Campsite 10 Connecticut

A popular and scenic campsite for boaters. Reservations required

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Closed for the season
Selden Neck State Park: Quarry Knob Campsite 9.75 Connecticut

Primitive campsite nestled beneath a scenic rock outcrop. Popular with boaters. Reservations required

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Open