dOWNEAST SALMON FEDERATION
DSF Camps and Campsites
DSF has several areas for tent camping, as well as 3 rustic and beautiful camps that are available for use by the general public.
As with all of DSF conserved lands, all camps and campsites are “carry in/carry out”. Tent campsites are on a first come/first served basis. Our three camps listed below require a reservation prior to your stay.
State law requires fire permits for all open fires (including in campsite fire rings). Campfires may be banned during dry periods. Contact the Maine Forest Service for a permit at (207) 827-1800.
Check the calendar for availability, then fill out the reservation to get started. We will email you with confirmation and camp details. Reservations are from noon to noon - late departures can be requested during the booking process.
We request a donation of $50 per night for camp bookings prior to your stay ($40 per night for DSF members). Effective 6/1/2021 there will be a one-time service fee of $50 charged per reservation*.
* The $50 service fee is waived for Downeast Salmon Federation Members. Basic memberships start at $35 and can be purchased in our SHOP.
The Boar’s Nest is our most remote camp, accessible ONLY by a 45-minute (gentle) upstream paddle in summer, and is inaccesible in winter. It is not possible to walk to this camp. This 1930s-‐‑era log cabin with an antique cookstove that looks like it could have come right out of a magazine. The Boar’s Nest sleeps 3.
The Lack Camp is only 5 miles from downtown Machias by car and 4 miles along the multi-use Downeast Sunrise Trail. Even though it is the most accessible of the three camps, it is quiet and secluded and offers the real camp experience with calm water swimming and lots of blueberries. There are bunks for 4 and a large sleeping loft.
The Machias River Wigwams Camp is located at the renowned Wigwams Rapid on the Machias River. Guests can drive in or paddle up to this circa 1960 camp that sleeps 7. PLEASE NOTE: The road into the camp is NOT suited for camper-type vehicles. A screened porch, a hand pump for water and a fun rapid to paddle are some of the perks of the Wigwams.
Important notice about Firewood
When you bring firewood from 'away', you risk carrying tree killing insects or diseases
Don’t bring firewood from home or another forest onto DSF land. Instead, you buy it where you burn it.
Make sure your firewood comes from within 50 miles, and ideally within 10 miles, of where you plan to burn it.
Leave any remaining firewood on site at the camp. Don’t take it home with you.
Bringing in firewood from outside Maine is functionally illegal.
Pleasant River Community Forest, Columbia Falls This campsite is accessible by paddle or hiking. The trail to the campsite is not suitable for vehicle traffic. This campsite offers great access to the Pleasant River for fishing or swimming.
Rock Dam, Beddington
Rock Dam is accessible from Route 193 in Beddington and is right along the Narraguagus River. Enjoy a campfire listening to the gentle meandering sounds of the Narraguagus River.