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Overview of Burlingame State Park

Burlingame State Park, located in Charlestown, Rhode Island, is a popular outdoor destination for campers and day visitors. The park covers over 3,100 acres of rolling forest terrain and fresh water, offering a variety of recreational activities. At its heart lies Watchaug Pond, a 300+ acre lake suitable for boating and fishing.

Camping and Picnic Areas

Camping Facilities: Burlingame State Park features a campsite that can accommodate hundreds of tents and trailers. It offers a range of sites from wooded to more open spaces, some with water and electric hookups. Each site typically includes a fire pit and a picnic table.

Picnic Areas: The park includes designated picnic areas that are perfect for day visitors. These are equipped with picnic tables and often have nearby restroom facilities. Some areas may also have charcoal grills for public use.

Reservations and Fees

It is highly recommended to make a reservation prior to your visit as the campground is quite popular, especially during peak summer months. You can reserve a campsite online through the Rhode Island State Parks reservation system.

Camping Fees: Fees for camping vary based on the type of site (e.g., with or without utilities) and the time of year. Residents of Rhode Island may enjoy a discounted rate compared to non-residents.

Day Use Fees: For those visiting just for the day to use picnic areas, there may be a parking or entrance fee. As with camping, residents typically pay a reduced rate.

Activities and Amenities

Swimming and Boating: Watchaug Pond offers a sandy beach for swimming, kayaking, canoeing, and boating. No motorized boats are allowed, ensuring a peaceful environment.

Fishing: The pond and other bodies of water in the park provide opportunities for fishing. Anglers will find species such as bass and bluegill.

Hiking Trails: A network of trails crisscrosses the park, ranging from easy to moderately difficult, allowing visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of the park.

Restrooms and Showers: The park has restrooms and shower facilities for campers and day visitors, which are typically located near the most frequently used areas.

Rules and Regulations

Before visiting, you should familiarize yourself with the park's rules and regulations. These usually include:

  • Fire Safety: Open fires are allowed only in designated areas or fire rings.
  • Alcohol Policy: Alcohol consumption may be restricted or prohibited; always check current guidelines.
  • Quiet Hours: Most campsites enforce quiet hours, often beginning in the late evening until morning to ensure a peaceful experience for all campers.
  • Pet Policy: Pets are often welcome but must be kept on a leash and under control at all times. There may be areas of the park where pets are not allowed, so always verify before bringing your pet.

Contact and Information

For the most current information, it is important to contact the park directly or visit the official website. The park staff can provide you with the latest updates on camping fees, reservation availability, park conditions, and any other specific questions you might have.

Address: Burlingame State Park, Charlestown, Rhode Island, USA

Phone: The park office contact number can usually be found on the state's official website or through directory assistance.

Remember that conditions and policies can change, so it’s crucial to check the latest information before planning your trip to Burlingame State Park Picnic Area.

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