Lake Francis State Park lies in northern New Hampshire, close to the Canadian border and the towns of Pittsburg, NH, Colebrook, NH, and the Canadian town of East Hereford. The state park straddles the immense Lake Francis, and it is the lake that brings thousands of visitors to the park every year. The combination of fantastic fishing, boating, and the picturesque landscapes of northern New Hampshire make it the ideal place to bring an RV rental.
Accessing Lake Francis State Park with a rental RV is simple enough via Highway 145 running north or Highway 3 from the Canadian border. Rent a camper near Lake Francis State Park, and you can not only enjoy the boundless recreation the park offers but also explore the borderlands of Canada and the United States. Why not bring along your passports and turn the trip into an international adventure. Search for an RV in Coos County and begin your Lake Francis State Park adventure.
Many of Lake Francis State Park campers come to the park for its impeccable angling opportunities, and it is easy to see why. Lying on the most northern shore of Lake Francis, the state park’s location alone creates one of the most idyllic fishing spots in all if New Hampshire. The lake is also home to a variety of fish species, making it a competitive cold water fishery. Campers can try their hand at catching rainbow trout, brown trout, landlocked salmon, lake trout, and chain pickerel. You may also wish to head up to Lake Francis State Park in the wintertime and enjoy a little ice fishing out on its lake.
As the lake at Lake Francis State Park covers a vast two thousand acres, boating is a thrilling way to spend your time here. Campers can launch their boats from the shores of one of the state park’s boat ramps, which are open all year round. Those motorhome camping without their own boats should not worry, as all New Hampshire state parks have their own retail stores that offer boat rentals. Lake Francis State Park offers rentals on canoe’s and kayaks - these are perfect for exploring the great expanse of Lake Francis and its endless shorelines.
Being in the heart of the ‘Great North Woods’ region of New Hampshire, Lake Francis State Park is a haven for those who love to hike. Many trails that wind through the lush woodlands close to the park itself and for the more adventurous, much further into the wilderness beyond. The hike to ‘Prospect Moutain’ is a favorite of hikers that come to Lake Francis State Park. Offering breathtaking views of the lake and the surrounding area, the hike is only a favorable twenty minutes to the peak - ideal for all levels of fitness.
Camping at Lake Francis State Park
Those camping with an RV at Lake Francis State Park will find excellent accommodation on the state park’s 45 sites. Partial hookups are provided here, including water and electric. The site also has a dump station, vault toilets, and trash disposal. Pets are also welcomed on site but must be kept on a leash at all times.
An alternative campground for those who do not wish to stay on the Lake Francis State Park campsite is the ‘Ramblewood Cabins and & Campground,’ just north of Lake Francis State Park. This campground offers 20, 30 amp electric and water hookups alongside a dump station, flushing toilets, shower block, game room, free WiFi, and an on-site general store. There are many pull-thru sites at Ramblewood Cabins and & Campground, and this means all sizes or rigs are welcome here.
Exploring the Area
Just south of Lake Francis State Park and the town of Pittsburg is the ‘Poore Family Historic Homestead and Museum..’ This museum and homestead portray life from the mid 19th century on a working family homestead. With originally furnished buildings and demonstrations on how the settlement would’ve lived and thrived, the Poore Family Historic Homestead and Museum brings history to life. This is the perfect family fun day out for all ages and is only a short drive from Lake Francis State Park.
Only an hour’s drive from Lake Francis State Park, the Canadian city of Sherbrooke offers campers a range of interesting day trips and sight-seeing opportunities. Why not pay a visit to the ‘Uplands Cultural & Heritage Center.’ This center is a set in a stately home-styled manor and offers visitors a combination of art and history. This is the ideal place for those who love a little art and culture to their trips. Whether you are interested in art, local history, local culture, or a mix of all of these, the Uplands Cultural & Heritage Center is the place to go.
Also, in the city of Sherbrooke is the ‘Capleton Mine.’ Visitors can explore this historic 19th-century copper mine, complete with a guided tour. Wind your way through the caverns, learning about the historic industry and occupational hazards of being a miner in the 1800s. This is a fantastic day out for those interested in history, but also for those who'd love a little bit of an adventure underground.