Danforth Bay is a whole lot more than spacious RV sites and beautiful mountain scenery. It’s saltwater swimming pools designed to satisfy Marco Polo players, splashers and everyone in between. It’s a well-manicured softball field just waiting to bring a little fun competition to your next family reunion. It’s four playgrounds, two sandy beaches and one doggone great dog park. In other words, it’s traditional camping’s cooler cousin. From kayaking trips to pickup basketball games to live music and magic shows, while you’re here, you’ll have access to more fun than you can fit in a day. You’ll still be able to enjoy the kind of star gazing and s’mores making that make every camping trip feel downright magical too. If you’re looking for a vacation that combines a whole lot of play with a picturesque setting, you’ve come to the right place.
Basketball Court • Balls available for checkout at The Depot Store
Boat Launch • Safe boating certificates required. Only boats up to 21 feet in length are allowed. For more on our rules and restrictions, see our boating information page.
Boat Rentals • Available from the Brookside Beach Boathouse. More info below.
Cable TV • Available at every site
The Depot Store • With RV supplies, groceries, clothing, toys and more
Dog Park • Open from dawn until dusk
Dump Stations • Located on Main Street opposite site #E3 and Back Bay Boulevard opposite site #W1.
Fishing • Fishing license required. Worms and gear available at The Depot Store. More info below.
Golf Cart Rentals • Available for licensed drivers 21 and older. More info below.
Horseshoe Pits • For friendly competitions
Lakeside Recreation Room • With ping pong tables
Laundry Facility • With bill changer and coin-operated machines
Playgrounds • Swing sets and primary playground located throughout the property
Propane Fill Station • Check with front desk for tank fill times
Softball Field • Complete with backstop and diamond
Tennis Courts • Available from dawn until dusk. Rackets and balls available for checkout from The Depot.
Volleyball Courts • Five courts throughout the property available from dawn until dusk with balls available for checkout from The Depot.
Wi-Fi • Access available throughout much of the property.
Our heated pools are open daily beginning Memorial Day Weekend for all kinds of floatie-filled fun. There is no lifeguard on duty, so kids under the age of 14 need to be supervised at all times. And our kiddie slides are reserved for kids 8 and under.
Paddle-powered watercrafts—including kayaks, canoes, row boats and paddleboards—are available for rent from the Brookside Beach Boathouse. During the summer, the boathouse is open 9a.m.–5p.m. daily. And during the spring and fall, the boat house is open on weekends only. If you find the boathouse unmanned during operating hours, please check in with The Depot.
Please note that the boathouse only accepts cash payments. And the availability of rentals before Memorial Day and after Columbus Day is subject to weather conditions.
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Ossipee Lake is chocked full of smallmouth bass, sunfish and yellow perch. But in order to fish for them, a New Hampshire fishing license is required. Licenses can be purchased online from NH Fish and Game or in-person from The New Deal General Store in East Wakefield. Once you’ve secured your license, worms and fishing gear can be purchased on site from The Depot Store. In order to minimize the risk of injury, we ask that all guests fish away from the docks, beaches and swimming areas.
The adjacent Freedom Town Forrest is equipped with an unexpected amenity for bikers: logging roads. When not in use, these roads are perfect mountain biking. Just make sure to start your ride prepared with enough water to stay hydrated and adequate navigational gear to find your way back.
Between the 200 acres of land that make up Danforth Bay and the adjacent 2,660-acre Freedom Town Forrest, there are ample hiking opportunities that don’t require driving to a trailhead. A few of our favorites are the 1.5-mile Mary’s Mountain trail and the 3-mile Trout Pond hike. (You can inquire at The Depot Store for trail maps and directions.)
Before you head out, make sure to wear sunscreen and pack enough water to stay hydrated throughout your hike. And when you return, be sure to check yourself for ticks. With mosquitos, ticks and black flies in the area, it’s never a bad idea to bring bug spray. And with interesting plants and incredible views, you won’t want to leave your camera at your campsite either.
If you want to hike but feel wary about navigating the trail on your own, check out our Activities Calendar. Our events team frequently leads hiking trips for those who are more comfortable hiking in groups.
For licensed drivers 21 and older, Danforth Bay offers golf cart rentals to help you zip and zoom around our grounds with ease. During the spring and fall, golf carts are available for $60/day. And during the summer, rentals are available for $75/day or $400/week. A $200 damage deposit is required on all rentals. And during the summer, week-long golf cart rental reservations can be made in advance. Please inquire with The Depot Store for pick-up times (as they vary between peak and shoulder seasons). Drop-off time for all rental carts is 8:00 a.m.
Guests who own their own non-jet-powered watercrafts are welcome to bring them to Danforth—so long as they are no more than 21 feet in length. The state of New Hampshire requires most boats to be registered with the state. And Danforth Bay requires all boats to be registered with the front desk at check-in. Jet-powered boats are not permitted on the docks, the boat launch or the shoreline of Danforth Bay Camping & RV Resort.
Our boat launch is open from 7a.m.–dusk. Please be aware that the water is very shallow in the launch area, so you’ll want to trim your motor and proceed with caution until you are a minimum of 100 feet from shore. Towable watersports (such as waterskiing, wakeboarding and tubing) are not permitted to or from our waterfront. For these activities, we recommend driving out to Broad Bay or using the main body of Ossipee Lake.
Both before launching and after hauling, please inspect your boat for invasive plant species, such as zebra mussels and milfoil. Hoses are available both at the boat launch and at the maintenance building to help you keep your boat clean, so you can help us keep these invasive species in check.
For more information, please read our Boater Check-In Policy Sheet.
Danforth Bay is directly connected to New Hampshire’s statewide network of snowmobiling trails. Meaning that, here, you have access to 6,800 miles of snowmobiling trails right from your cabin or campsite, including the long, tree-lined Corridor 19. For up-to-date trail conditions, check out the Scrub Oak Scramblers site.
With 17 downhill skiing and snowboarding runs, 20km of snowshoeing trails, a snowtubing hill and an outdoor ice-skating rink, it’s no wonder King Pine Ski Area draws families from all over the Northeast all winter long. But it might surprise you to learn that the ski area is also just an 11-minute drive from Danforth Bay. Thanks to their terrain for first-time skiers, black-diamond snowboarders and just about everyone in between, King Pine can help the whole family enjoy the wonder of winter.
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