Get lost in the dense woods of Massachusetts with your favorite fur-buddy at Otter River State Forest. A large pond is the main focal point for fun here, as are the off-shooting brooks and creeks. The close access to Birch Hill Wildlife Management Area adds to the draw of this campground, as the giant preserve serves as the backdrop for countless outdoor activities.
There are 76 campsites in this forest, three of which are large group lots. Otter River also lets visitors glamp in style in one of their four yurts -- though our furry friends are not allowed inside of these structures. While you will have access to modern restrooms with showers, there are no hookups available in the park. There is, however, a dump station accessible at a nearby campground.
To park here, you'll have to dish out $8 if you're native to the state and $15 if you're visiting from outside of Massachusetts. Camping fees follow a similar structure, with state residents paying $17 per night and out-of-staters paying $10 more.
While you're staying here, you can join the other campers on or in the huge pond that sits in the grounds. More like a small lake, this pond even has its own sandy beach area! Swimming is allowed during daylight hours and fishing is permitted as well, although motorized boats may not go out on the water. You and your pooch can explore other lakes, too, as a walking path takes campers from Otter River up to Lake Dennison. The path is paved and smaller vehicles can drive it as well, making it the perfect destination for day trips.
Your pupper is allowed to stay with you at any of the campsites, and the area, in general, is very dog-friendly. The only place where your woofer is not allowed is at the beach, so please help keep woofers welcome here by following this rule. Also, as always, be sure to pick up whatever your doggo happens to leave behind -- and dispose of it correctly in the trash receptacles!
For a cozy stay deep in the woods, Otter River State Forest is a great place to visit!