MA - Otter River State Forest

kmobrien

New Member
Aug 4, 2014
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Name: Otter River State Forest
Location: 86 Winchendon Road, Baldwinville, MA, 01436
Phone Number: (978) 939-8962
Official Website: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-central/otter-river-state-forest.html
Reservation Site: http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/otter-river-state-forest/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=MA&parkId=32616

Just returned from a very relaxing couple of days at Otter River, which was also my second time camping with my N2U pup. My wife and I stayed on site #1 with our dog and a friend (who was in a small tent), and we had a couple of friends in nearby site #2.

Otter River is very close to Lake Dennison, which is larger and attracts more attention. Aside from mildly overpriced firewood ($5 for a 5-log bundle), the campground is well maintained and clean; the showers are hot and the bathrooms recently updated, and both get attention from the rangers daily. I would not advise staying in site #1, however; there are bright spotlight lights at the check-in counter than run all night long, which diminished the ambiance and made star-gazing impossible. Any other site would be fine, however.

We took an hour-long walk out towards the Birch Hill dam on Saturday, following a wooded trail that ran more-or-less parallel to the railroad tracks nearby. While simple, it was a pleasant hike, and the dogs loved it. Evenings were relatively quiet, and we came home happy.
 

Mike33

Member
Aug 15, 2014
26
Awesome! Thanks for the review. I might make this place our first camping trip.


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swordfish

Super Active Member
Sep 27, 2010
2,235
swordfish said:
@pixel Did you get cell phone service there?

Been there a few weeks ago. There was cell phone signal but no data (meaning 2G at best)
 

Genie2010

Super Active Member
Jul 30, 2013
1,284
I have never been there but stay at Dennison a lot. I heard the roads are a bit narrow and somewhat tricky to maneuver...thoughts?
 

swordfish

Super Active Member
Sep 27, 2010
2,235
Genie2010 said:
I have never been there but stay at Dennison a lot. I heard the roads are a bit narrow and somewhat tricky to maneuver...thoughts?
Yes, it is tricky to back into the lot. I am experienced and still took me several tries. Your vehicle must in the right direction of the road or you are unable to do it. We stayed at #57. Site #58 is the easiest lot to back into, straight off the road turning to the bath house, no angled backing.
 




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