What is better than camping with friends? In my opinion, not much. When friends asked us to join them at their seasonal we could not pass up the offer. A couple years ago they found a seasonal at Mascoma Lake Campground on Mascoma Lake in Lebanon, NH. They spend most summer weekends at their camper and are always talking about the memories they are making there.
Within the last five years the campground has come under new management and the new owners have been making many improvements. The campground is situated on the side of a hill, providing many of their sites with beautiful views of the lake. Over half of the campers are seasonals, there are also adorable cabins and tent sites.
The first thing we noticed upon arrival was the friendliness of the owners and the campers. We have camped many places and the owners and staff are not always friendly. I have to say this is the friendliest campground we have every been to. The owners were friendly and can tell they love what they do. While we were driving to our site many people were waving and saying hello to us. As we walked around the campground many campers greeted us.
Our site was situated in the woods providing some privacy and enough room for our small pop-up. The sites are clean, level and you can get sites with some privacy or close with other campers, if you are camping with a group.
For amenities there are bathrooms, showers, a playground, a small camp store, a small beach area, free canoe and kayak rentals and a recreation hall. The rec hall has various activities throughout the summer. This weekend was Christmas in July. We brought a small gift for our daughter and gave it to the owners, who had Santa hand out gifts to the children. There was also a cute Christmas craft for the kids to do. Later that night, they had a cookie and gift swap along with karaoke, which we did not participate in as we only stayed one night due to obligations at home.
The lake is the main feature of the campground. We spent a few hours on our friends boat and the lake is beautiful, perfect for all types of water recreation. We saw people on the boats, tubing, water skiing, kayaking, paddling boarding, sailing small sailboats and swimming. The sunset over the lake was magnificent with colors of pink and purple. My friend reports the sunrises are equally beautiful, but I just cannot get up that early.
There are also many local attractions, such as a bike path that goes along the lake and many hiking trails that I saw on All Trails. This weekend we did get a hike in. There are site seeing attractions such as, King Arthur Flour, Montshire Science Museum, Quechee Gorge and the Sunappe area. These attractions are only about 20-30 minutes from the campground. Mascoma Lake Campground is a great place to stay to to enjoy the lake and explore that area.