Do what you love, in Massachusetts
Known for our five million acres of public land, Massachusetts is famous for outdoor recreation. There are so many ways to get outdoors and explore the nature of Massachusetts! Each season presents new opportunities to appreciate the wonders of the natural world.
Find some inspiration for your next outdoor adventure in Massachusetts!
Campfires are a staple for camping trips so follow
these tips to ensure that your favorite camping tradition is both fun and safe!
1. Use only the designated rings or pits on gravel or dirt, never grass.
2. Clear the area of any dry leaves and sticks and make sure that tents, campers, and other
items are placed at a good distance from the fire.
3. Check the weather forecast. Even a small amount of wind can blow burning debris or sparks.
4. Don’t bring firewood from another area.
5. NEVER leave the fire unattended.
6. NEVER USE FLAMMABLE LIQUID TO IGNITE YOUR FIRE!
7. Keep your campfire small and contained.
8. Never allow children or pets to play or stand close to the fire.
9. Keep a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher nearby.
10. Make sure your campfire is out completely.
Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a first-time camper, these basic tips will help to ensure that
everyone enjoys their camping experience while visiting a campground.
• Please observe designated quiet hours.
• Help prevent forest fires by adhering to campground campfire policies. Campfires should
always be in a contained area or fire rings and should always be attended and properly
• For those camprgounds that permit dogs, please observe all dog policies, which may include:
• Keeping dogs on a leash
• Picking up after your dog
• Certain breed restrictions
• Ensuring that your dog is not agressive to other dogs
• Bringing your vaccination records
• Help keep critters away by depositing all trash in the dumpster.
• Please respect your neighbors and other campers by using walkways, rather than cutting
• SLOW DOWN, for kids sake! Please observe the speed limit throughout the park.
Massachusetts Environmental Police: Boat Registration Information
A Guide to Massachusetts’ Boat Ramps
Discover Boating in Buzzards Bay
Discover Boating in Central Massachusetts
Where to Fish in Massachusetts
How and Where to Fish & Boat in Massachusetts
Massachusetts Trout Stocking Report
Current and Potential Aquatic Invasive Species in Massachusetts
Guide to Recreation in State Parks
Camping at Massachusetts Parks
Hiking in Massachusetts State Parks
Canoeing and Kayaking in Massachusetts
Where to Hunt in Massachusetts
Department of Conservation & Recreation