Lake Francis State Park RV & Campground Guide

New Hampshire

Lake Francis State Park

covers 34 acres of forested land at the northern end of Lake Francis. The park includes a day-use area, overnight campsites, hiking trails, and a boat launching ramp. Pittsburg, New Hampshire—the closest community to the park—is indicative of the small towns that sprang up throughout the state during its early years. Situated in the farthest northern part of New Hampshire, the park is 150 miles north of Concord, the New Hampshire state capital, and close to Canada's border.

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Spring 8-61 F
Summer 47-74 F
Fall 22-65 F
Winter -3-27 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Lake Francis State Park

At Lake Francis State Park, as with all other parks that sit along the U.S./Canada border in the New England region, the best camping comes with using an RV. Many who seek the forests of New Hampshire own an RV. If you do not own an RV, you can easily find one on RVshare.

Lake Francis State Park Campground

The main attraction at the 34-acre Lake Francis State Park Campground is 2,000-acre Lake Francis. Nine of the 45 campsites offered at this campground include electrical and water hookups. While the park is open from mid-May to mid-December, running water is only available until mid-October due to freezing conditions.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: 20-amp
  • Sewer hookup: No; dump station available on-site
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $30-$35 per night
  • Office hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the camping season; office not staffed the rest of the year

Ramblewood Cabins & Campground

Ramblewood Cabins & Campground sits inside the city limits of Pittsburg, NH, on the shores of First Connecticut Lake. Its location gives direct access to the Great North Woods region. Ramblewood offers nine RV sites with water and electrical hookups that handle up to 40-foot campers. The campground also provides access to six trailer sites that can accommodate trailers up to 20 feet in length. Water hookups are shut off from mid-October to mid-May due to freezing conditions. Visitors to this campground find warm showers, flush toilets, a camp store, and an incredible view of the surrounding forests.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: 30-amp
  • Sewer hookup: No; a dump station is available
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $35-$40 per night
  • Office hours: Daily, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Mountain View Cabins and Campground

Mountain View Cabins and Campground offers 55 campsites for RV and trailer use. Located in Pittsburg, NH, the campground provides easy access to all the hiking trails, fishing lakes and streams, and ATV trails in the area. Water and electrical hookups are available for all camping sites, with septic hookups provided at a limited number of locations. This campground offers both temporary and seasonal campsites. Added amenities include restrooms with flush toilets, picnic tables, fire rings, warm showers, and a camp store/office.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: 30-amp
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $32 to $38 per night
  • Office hours: Daily, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

RV Rentals Near Lake Francis State Park

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What to Do at
Lake Francis State Park

Inside Lake Francis State Park

Visitors to Lake Francis State Park often sit and contemplate the nature surrounding them. A concession rents canoes to interested visitors who wish to venture along the lake's extensive shores. A boat launch area, complete with a concrete ramp, provides easy access to the lake. A mile-long hiking trail offers an exciting view of the local animal habitat, and a safe swimming beach lets adults and children enjoy a brisk dip. The fishing in Lake Francis is some of the best anglers will find in New Hampshire.

Outside Lake Francis State Park

The area around Lake Francis State Park is rich in small communities that provide many of the same attractions found in large cities but with that New Hampshire small-town feel. Restaurants and shopping opportunities are as diverse as those anywhere in the country. In this area, however, the opportunity to view and experience the wild adds a fantastic element to any family vacation.

Restaurants

Rainbow Grille & Tavern

The Rainbow Grille & Tavern in Pittsburg, NH, provides two unique New England experiences. First is the traditional atmosphere with the hardwood interior, rock-backed fireplace, and traditional four-pane windows typical of New England. Second is the cuisine that reflects Yankee vitality with traditional items, such as smoked woodsman steaks and milled potpies.

Type: American, Seafood

Location: 609 Beach Road, Pittsburg, NH 03592

Murphy’s Steakhouse

When you want that fine-dining feel, take a trip to Pittsburg to Murphy’s Steakhouse, the restaurant inside the At Bear Tree Resort. Here, you'll find such tasty meals as rib-eye steak and surf-and-turf, which features filet mignon with deep-fried shrimp.

Type: American

Location: 3329 U.S. Route 3 North, Pittsburg, NH 03592

Spa Restaurant & Outback Pub

For some of the finest New England cuisine, visit the Spa Restaurant & Outback Pub in West Stewartstown, NH. The restaurant is only 10 miles from Lake Francis and offers the most extensive menu in New Hampshire. Check out their seafood offerings as well as their famous prime rib dinner.

Type: American Traditional

Location: 869 Washington Street, West Stewartstown, NH 03597

Shopping

Hearth & Home Country Store

Even if you have to travel 40 miles and cross the Vermont border, a stop at the Hearth & Home Country Store in Island Pond, VT, is worth the trip. At this store, you can find those hidden treasures that will help memorialize your New England vacation. Little oil or electric lamps with attractive lampshades or tiny jars of Vermont honey can add to your home décor while reminding you of a great family trip.

Location: 28 Cross Street, Island Pond, VT 05846

Ecopelagicon, A Nature Store

In yet another state—Maine—77 miles to the east, you'll find the best outdoorsman store in the area. Ecopelagicon, A Nature Store carries everything you need for a successful vacation in the northern New England area. Here, you'll find used canoes or kayaks for use on the numerous lakes that pepper the region. You can also find books and gifts for friends and family.

Location: 7 Pond Street, Rangeley, ME 04970

LaPerle’s IGA

No matter how long you're vacationing at Lake Francis State Park, you'll need a source for fresh produce and occasional treats. The closest grocery store that can fulfill your needs is LaPerle’s IGA in Colebrook, NH. Take the time to visit this store and the community it serves to freshen up your cuisine while looking over the terrain from a different point of view.

Location: 64 Trooper Leslie G. Lord Memory Highway, Colebrook, NH 03576

Sightseeing

Bear Rock Adventures

Break up your peaceful vacation at Lake Francis State Park with an exciting family excursion at Bear Rock Adventures. This business provides access to every trail in the northern New Hampshire region. You can ride a snowmobile during the winter months or a Polaris RZR during the summer to travel between lakes and through valleys on trails often missed by the regular hiking crowd.

Location: 1564 Maine Street, Pittsburg, NH 03592

Beaver Brook Falls Wayside

To experience the most impressive waterfall in New Hampshire, visit the Beaver Brook Falls Wayside. The 7.3-acre park holds much more than the fantastic waterfall. Hike the trail to the top of the hill and view the entire area from its height.

Location: 432 Route 145, Colebrook, NH 03576

Acadian Seaplanes

To get an aerial view of the northern New Hampshire region, take a 77-mile drive to the east and catch a small plane at Acadian Seaplanes. The view from above the landscape adds a new dimension to what you're experiencing on the ground.

Location: 2640 Main Street, Rangeley, ME 04970

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How to Get to
Lake Francis State Park

Pittsburg, NH, is the closest community to Lake Francis State Park. To reach the park from Pittsburg, take United States Highway 3 North 6.8 miles to the River Road exit. Follow River Road for 2.7 miles. The park entrance is to the left.

To get to Pittsburg, NH, from Concord, take Interstate 93 North for 74 miles to exit 35. Travel U.S. 3 N and follow the signs for 27 miles until you reach Pittsburg. 

Entering Lake Francis State Park

The fees associated with park entry in New Hampshire are determined by age and park-use intensity. For operating hours, check with the park directly as these are subject to change.

Entry fee for adults at high-use parks : $5

Entry fee for children at high-use parks : $2

Entry fee for adults at all other state parks : $4

Entry fee for children at all other state parks : $2

Entry fee for children 5 and under and adults 65 and older : $0

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