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Island Use Information

LOON ISLANDS

Big Loon Island is owned by the Webster family. The Websters have graciously allowed the guests of Rockywold Deephaven Camps to use their island over the years. In exchange, all that is asked of RDC, is that we monitor its appropriate use, see that it is kept clean and maintain the few facilities that are there. RDC guests can help to preserve this longstanding relationship by observing the following guidelines:

  1. Big Loon Island is reserved by the Webster family each Wednesday and Saturday in July and August, as well as Independence Day and Labor Day weekends. RDC guests are not permitted on the island on these days, and those reserving the island on previous evenings are requested to depart by 10 a.m.
  2. Big Loon is split into two sections, "A and B": this allows two families to share the island. Each section has its own docking, camping and swimming area, but both sections share the outhouse. Only one family may reserve the island for an overnight at a time.
  3. Overnight camping is permitted on Big Loon Island beginning at 7:45 pm. Supper use will end at 7:30 pm. Supper reservations do not include overnights unless arranged in advance. Nighttime use of Big Loon Island is for camping purposes only. Parties are discouraged. Overnight camping is not permitted on Little Loon, Otter and Birch Islands.
  4. Island reservation time periods are as follows:
    • Overnight Camping (Big Loon Only): 7:45 p.m. to 10:00 a.m.
    • Lunch: 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    • Supper: 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    To make an island reservation, upon arrival at Camp (after 4 p.m. on Saturday) guests must check with RDC Office Staff for availability. Island reservations cannot be made prior to arrival. Only one island reservation can be made per cottage per week.
  5. Families are responsible for bringing their own firewood. They are also responsible for cleaning up the island after usage. Please ask food service for plastic garbage bags.
  6. Any problems or signs of misuse should be reported to the Rockywold or Deephaven Office.

LITTLE LOON ISLAND

To our great delight, for the first time in over 70 years, Bald Eagles successfully nested on Squam Lake´s Little Loon Island in 2003. Please respect the eagles' nest by obeying the following guidelines:

  1. Stay behind buoys.
  2. Do not anchor or remain stationary for a long time.
  3. Be quiet while observing the eagles.
  4. Do not swim near the island.
  5. Pets and swimmers are more threatening than slowly moving boats.

OTTER & BIRCH ISLANDS

RDC's Otter and Birch Islands are available for day use only. Otter Island has a fire pit and a float. Reservations are also necessary for these islands. Check with the Office Staff for availability.

CHURCH ISLAND

Located 1 mile south of Rockywold's main dock, Church Island is also known as Chocorua Island. It has an outdoor church with a rock altar, birch tree cross, and a spectacular view of Mt. Chocorua. During the summer, services are held every Sunday morning on the island. Everyone is welcome. To find out more about Chocorua Island Chapel, visit their website at http://churchisland.org.

MOON & BOWMAN ISLANDS

Maintained by the Squam Lakes Association (SLA), Moon & Bowman Islands are open to the public on a limited basis for low-impact use and camping. Read the SLA "A Primer for Squam" brochure or call (603) 968-7336 for more information.

FIVE FINGER POINT

Donated to the University of New Hampshire by C. C. Morris, Five Finger Point is also open to the public on a limited basis for low-impact day use only; no facilities, no fires, no camping.

CHAMBERLIN-REYNOLDS FOREST

Maintained by the Squam Lakes Association (SLA), and owned by the New England Forestry Foundation (N.E.F.F.), the Chamberlin-Reynolds Forest is open to the public on a limited basis for low-impact use and camping. Read the SLA "A Primer for Squam" brochure or call (603) 968-7336 for more information.

Reviews about RDC...

The next day we took a bag lunch to Loon Island. This trip was really special because we saw nesting eagles on Little Loon Island. We watched a loon diving for his lunch as well as hearing many birds.

~ Sally & Tom Warner