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State Agency Announces It Will Open Massachusetts Campground Reservations Soon

February 20, 2024

The state Department of Conservation and Recreation has announced that it will open reservations for camping at parks across Massachusetts at 9 a.m Wednesday, March 6, 2024.

Those interested can make campground reservations up to four months in advance via ReserveAmerica. The state’s 25 campgrounds are scheduled to be open from the start of April through the end of October.

“One of our goals at DCR is to get more families outside and exploring our state’s beautiful natural resources,” commissioner Brian Arrigo said in a press release from the department. “We know fresh air and the outdoors play a critical role, not only for our physical health but our mental health. Camping in our DCR parks is a fantastic opportunity for people to experience nature, and we hope to see some new faces during the 2024 camping season.” 

The state agency wants people to note the following information while planning for camping season, according to the press release:


  • Before booking, it is important to note the updated information on this year’s camping season:  
  • Reservations can be made up to four months in advance of your arrival date. That means if campers plan to arrive on August 12, the earliest they can book a reservation is April 12. 
  • DCR has streamlined the reservation process, but campers should fill in all the necessary fields when booking for a smooth check-in when they arrive. 
  • Campers can explore the Harbor Islands by camping on Peddocks Island.  
  • Camping at Beartown and Mount Greylock will not be available this season, but fans of the campsites can email [email protected] for updates on their reopening. 
  • Same-day camping is available until 2 p.m. through ReserveAmerica, but the state Department of Conservation and recreation cannot accept walk-in camping. Visitors are not allowed at campsites this season, but campers and visitors can meet at the campsite’s day-use areas.


People can find a Department of Conservation and Recreation campsite near them by visiting the agency’s  camping webpage.

“DCR’s campsites vary in what they offer, from showers to flush toilets to R.V. sites offering electric and water hook-ups,” the press release states. “Campers can also try camping in yurts at Myles Standish State Forest, Nickerson State Park, October Mountain State Forest, Otter River State Forest, Shawme Crowell State Forest, Wells State Park, or Willard Brook State Forest, or in cabins at Mohawk Trail State Forest or Savoy Mountain State Forest.”

You can learn more about the 2024 camping season by visiting the agency’s web site or by sending and email message to [email protected].   


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