If you’ve rented a VW bus or campervan from Firefly Vans, you’ll be ready to start planning your New England camping trip. While many visitors to New England visit Acadia National Park or the White Mountains of New Hampshire, there are many other lakes in Maine, New Hampshire and Maine that you’ll want to visit if you have the time and if renting a Westfalia or hippie van is your jam. If you’re really on the ball, make sure you book your New England lakeside campsites early–6 months prior to your trip–so you can enjoy the benefits of a majestic view and easy access to water sports. In the meantime, check out our New England VW van rental options and travel posts. As we visit more of these sites in the upcoming summers with our VW camper vans, we’ll post additional photos and tips about our favorite campsites, places to eat and activities. Sign up for our email updates to receive our most recent insider info.
#1 – Squam Lake | Holderness, New Hampshire
Squam Lake is located in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, just south of the White Mountains. And “yes,” this is the lake that was filmed in On Golden Pond. Whether you’re cruising the lake on a pontoon or paddling a canoe, a visit to Squam lake will invariably lead to quality time on water. For those who would rather sit back on a cruise, the Squam Lake Cruises operates 90 minute-long guided trips in canopied pontoon boats.
After throwing on your swim trunks, keep in mind that Squam’s shoreline is rocky and shallow, so most swimming is done off boats or docks. There are plenty of companies that rent boats if you didn’t bring your own. You’re not going to find malls or big box stores on every corner here. In the largest nearby town—Holderness—you’ll find a few shops and the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, but the main draw here is outdoor activity. You can also drive to nearby Meredith to check out Moulton Farm or Guisseppe’s Pizzeria.