Town of Athol
Staying overnight in the Bearsden - Newton Reservoir Conservation areas
Overnight camping and open fires are prohibited except by permit at one of the specific shelters shown below. Use of the Cabin and Shelter are free to the public with a pre-approved permit by an Athol Conservation Commission
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.
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 Paigecabin11@gmail.com or 978-413-1772 (leave message)
All other questions for the Conservation Commission Contact: Athol Conservation Commission Athol Town Hall 584 Main Street firstname.lastname@example.org