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Otter River State Forest, MA

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Otter River was the first campground in the Massachusetts State Park system. Opened in 1931, the park facilities were upgraded in 1998 with a new shower and toilet building. This park offers great camping under a beautiful pine canopy. Otter River has 85 sites, 4 of which are Yurt sites...

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Description

Otter River was the first campground in the Massachusetts State Park system. Opened in 1931, the park facilities were upgraded in 1998 with a new shower and toilet building. This park offers great camping under a beautiful pine canopy. Otter River has 85 sites, 4 of which are Yurt sites and 3 of which are Group sites, that surround the 2 acre Beaman Pond and its swimming beach. Use the park's hiking trails or try mountain biking on the 9000 acres of the adjacent Birch Hill Wildlife Management Area.

IMPORTANT: MA State Parks prohibits the transportation of firewood into or out of MA State Park Campground facilities. Arriving customers must get their firewood at the campground. Firewood is available for $5.00 per bundle. Pricing may vary at campgrounds with camp stores. Transportation of firewood into or out of MA State Park Campground facilities may result in eviction, or substantial fine, or both.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Comfort Station
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Leashed Pet Allowed
  • Public Telephones
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Yurts
Within 10 Miles
  • Mountain Biking
  • R.V. Dumping
Alerts and Important Information

IMPORTANT: The United States Centers for Disease Control, DCR's MassParks and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health encourage everyone to be safe outdoors. Diseases associated with ticks and mosquitoes are growing threats in Massachusetts. When outdoors, please take necessary precautions as suggested by the Centers for Disease Control.

CDC Outdoor Safety

CDC EEE Info

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Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in all Massachusetts State Parks and Campgrounds.

The reservation must be in the name of the primary occupant.

To insure fairness for all MA customers, any reservation with departure dates outside the 6-month Maximum Window cannot be changed or canceled until 18 days after the reservation was made.

If you choose to cancel or change your reservation, a $10.00 fee will be charged. The reservation transaction charge is non-refundable.

Cancellations made on the day of arrival must be made by contacting the campground and will result in the loss of the first night's camping use fee plus the $10.00 cancellation fee. Fees will be deducted from any refunds due or will be added to future reservations. Refunds of $5.00 or less cannot be processed. If you leave early, please check-out at the contact station.

If you are unable to arrive on your scheduled arrival date, you must call the campground. Failure to contact the park by 8:00 A.M. the morning following your scheduled arrival date may result in your campsite being reassigned to another camper and forfeiture of all fees paid.

Help this state forest, park or beach by donating to the Conservation Trust.

Learn more about our volunteer host camping program.


To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all our campers:
  • Yurts are canvas sided, cabin-like structures that can accommodate 4 to 6 people. A two-night minimum reservation is required Throughout the camping season.
  • Yurts offer bunk beds, chairs and tables and access to water and electricity. Linens and eating utensils are not provided.
  • Pets are not permitted in the yurts or on the yurt sites.
  • All yurts are wheelchair accessible.
  • Respect the 14-day camping limit. To ensure that many campers enjoy our parks, campers and camping equipment are limited to 14 cumulative days occupancy in any one park between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Violators of the 14-day limit may be asked to leave the park.
  • Don't overcrowd your campsite. Please limit site occupancy to four people or one family (parents and children 17 or under). Please limit site equipment to two tents or one trailer or RV and one tent. Also, please no more than one vehicle per campsite.
  • Check-in time is 1:00 P.M.; Check-out time is 11:00 A.M.
  • Quiet hours are 10:00 P.M. to 7:00 A.M.
  • Pets are welcome in most campgrounds, but please keep them on a 10' leash at all times, clean up after them, never leave them unattended and prevent them from disturbing others. Also, you must bring proof of rabies vaccination when camping with your pet. Pets are prohibited from designated beach areas, Boston Harbor Islands, Camp Nihan and all yurt and cabin sites.
  • Massachusetts law requires that children age 16 and under wear a helmet when bicycling. The MA DCR encourages all cyclists to wear a helmet and to cycle safely.
  • Please do not feed wild animals.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Otter River State Forest
86 Winchendon Road
BALDWINVILLE  MA  01436

Phone Number:

Information:  (978)939-8962