Conservation Areas

Paige Cabin and Shelter Reservations
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Town of Athol
Conservation Commission

Staying overnight in the Bearsden - Newton Reservoir Conservation areas

Overnight camping and open fires are allowed by permit only at one of the specific shelters shown below. Vehicle camping is not allowed.  Use of the Cabin and Shelter are free to the public with a pre-approved permit by the Athol Conservation Commission. Paige Cabin is available for general use from March 1st to December 15th each year depending on the weather. The Duckpond and Buckman shelters may still be reserved through the winter but parking is very limited and snow removal is not consistent. 

Paige Cabin at entrance to Bearsden Conservation Area

  For Those wishing to have a more wilderness experience the shelters at Buckman Brook near Newton Reservoir and the Duck Pond in Bearsden offer a remote overnight facility about a mile from the nearest parking areas. Reservations are limited to seven (7) nights and a responsible person 21 years of age or older must sign for the shelter or cabin.

Buckman Brook Shelter - Newton Reservoir 

Duck Pond Shelter - Bearsden

A map board at the parking area outlines the many possibilities for exploration, and a log cabin, built of local hemlock, and 2 Adirondack type shelters are available for overnight use free of charge.

Trail Map

To reserve Paige Cabin or the Shelters at the Duck Pond or Buckman Brook:

1) check availability in the calendar below. (reservations are labeled for each shelter) if blank the shelter is available

If the cabin is available, submit your request using the form below:

Directions: From downtown Athol, go east on Main St. (Rte. 2A) approx. 1.5 mi. Take left onto Bearsden Rd. Go 1 mi., bear right to stay on Bearsden Rd and continue 0.5 mi. to Conservation area entrance.

Questions about Paige Cabin reservations, Shelter Reservations, or Key pick-up or drop off Contact Dave Small or 978-413-1772 (leave message)

All other questions for the Conservation Commission Contact: Athol Conservation Commission Athol Town Hall 584 Main Street