Watercraft campsites

watercraft campsite on Remote Lake in Savanna State Forest

Camping is permitted at designated sites only. Camping options include:

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Campgrounds, state park, municipal and private

  • Generally located inland.
  • Good base camp for day trips.
  • Fees are charged and reservations are advisable.

Primitive kayak/backpack campsites in state parks

  • These primitive state park sites are accessible by water or foot trail only.
  • Most have fire rings.
  • Reservations are required.
  • All state park rules apply and all vehicles must have a state park vehicle permit.

Water trail kayak campsites

  • One-night maximum stay, weather permitting.
  • Group sizes are limited to six paddlers; please be courteous to others sharing adjacent sites.
  • Primitive sites accessible only from the water.
  • No vehicle parking allowed or available.
  • First-come, first-served sites, with no fee charged at this time.
  • No fires allowed.
  • Please leave campsites as clean or cleaner than you find them, and carry out all trash.

Camping rules

  • Low impact camping.
    Please tread very lightly when you are on land.
  • Use only established trails. Notice that even what appears to be a "plain" rock surface is actually covered with many brightly colored lichens, mosses and tiny plants. Avoid walking on mosses and lichens along the shore.
  • The use of camp stoves at campsites is recommended. Within state parks, campfires are allowed in fire rings only.
  • Camp in groups of 6 or less. Camp only in designated areas that are marked on the map.
  • Respect private homes and property along the shore! Please take breaks and camp only at designated areas.

Drinking water

Drinking water is not provided at most campsites. Be prepared to treat all water from the lake and rivers. Carry all your water needs when paddling.