Barton Cove Campground
Barton Cove specializes in rustic tents-only camping. The campground is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Each campsite has a picnic table, grills and campfire ring. Vehicle use in the campground is restricted to unloading during arrival and loading during departure. Showers are available near the ranger station, and there are two group sites available for larger parties interested in camping together. Two sites suitable for pop-up trailers or class C camper vans are also available. The sites have no utility hookups. Scout groups can camp by special arrangement through November.
Munns Ferry Boat Access Campground
Munns Ferry in Northfield is a small camping area for boaters and paddlers only. This campground is only accessible by boat. Tent sites are $22/night and the Adirondack shelter is $30/night. Potable water is not available on site and reservations are required. Munns Ferry is open Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day. Please see Munns Ferry Map & Policies for more information.
Reservations for Barton Cove and Munns Ferry are taken beginning the second Wednesday in April, call: (413) 863-9300. A deposit is required to secure your reservation. Deposits are partially refundable only, with eight days’ notice or 31 days for group sites.
Canoe / Kayak Rentals
Barton Cove has 50 water craft including canoes, kayaks, and Stand-Up Paddleboards, that can be rented for 2 hours or for the day. Each rental comes complete with PFDs (personal flotation devices) and paddles. Call (413) 863-9300 for more information. Click here for Paddlesport Rental Waiver form.
Campground and Canoe/Kayak Rental Office Directions
Barton Cove is located on Route 2, in Gill, Massachusetts.
From the North or South via Route 91: Take exit 27, travel East for 3 miles on Route 2, the campground office entrance is on your right.
From the East via Route 2: Cross the Connecticut River on the French King Bridge, go approximately 3 miles, campground office is on your left, one-quarter mile past the campground entrance.
Physical address: 82 French King Highway, Gill, MA 01354 Mail address: 99 Millers Falls Road, Northfield, MA 01360
Save our Forests – Leave Firewood at Home
To help protect local forests from deadly tree pest species, campers may not bring firewood to our sites. Clean, local camp wood is available for $5 per bundle at the campground office. Please read the Forest Service Don't Move Firewood brochure.
Turners Falls Dam Portage
- Portages around the dam are available seven days per week during daylight hours for canoes and kayaks.
- Due to the unpredictability of river travel times for boaters, portages are performed on an as needed basis for groups with four or fewer boats.
- Groups with more than four boats are asked to call one month in advance to plan ahead for portage dates.
On most days, portages will be provided within 15 to 90 minutes of the boater's telephone call. Paddlers should have all gear unloaded and wait by their craft.
- Paddle to Barton Cove Canoe & Kayak Rental Area and unload gear from boats.
- Call 413-659-3761 to request a pick up.
- Barton Cove is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. During closed hours or off-season paddlers need to use their own phones.
Portages drop paddlers off at Poplar Street in Montague City. Pick Up and Drop Off Points can be found on this interactive map.
As you paddle into Barton Cove, look for the colorful rack of rental boats to help you find the Canoe and Kayak Rental area.
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