Central MA

Tully Lake Campground


On the shores of Tully Lake

Discover real camping adventures in the North Quabbin Region of Central Massachusetts, just an hour and a half from Boston and Springfield.


Plan Your Visit
  • Overview
  • Ideas for Your Visit
  • Admission & Hours
  • Directions & Contact Info
  • What You'll Find
  • Facilities & Accessibility
  • Venue Rental
  • Property Map
  • Regulations & Advisories


2022 Season Dates: Friday May 6th to Monday October 10th. Reservations open up at 7am on the following dates below:
  • Monday March 7th: For booking May 6th – June 23rd
  • Monday March 14th: For booking June 24th – August 25th
  • Monday March 21st: For booking August 26th – October 10th

*Note: The first week and last week of the season we will be closed Monday – Thursday.

We offer primitive camping (tents only) and all campsites are ‘walk-in’- about 5-10 minute walk from the parking lot. No cars allowed at campsites.

Reserve Your Campsite

*HIGH DEMAND* If you are having trouble finding a campsite, please visit our sister campground Rocky Woods, offering weekend camping just outside of Boston: Rocky Woods Camping

On the shores of a 200-acre lake, Tully Lake Campground offers a classic tent-only camping retreat with an array of modern conveniences and outdoor recreation in the shade of towering pine trees.

Before arriving, you’ll reserve a campsite either inland or on the waterfront, each with its own picnic table and fire pit with grill. Along with a centrally located bathhouse with flush toilets and coin-operated showers, firewood, fire starters, and ice are sold onsite. Don’t wait to reserve, this campground fills up quick!

*The Tully Lake Campground is owned by the Army Corps of Engineers and managed by The Trustees.

Public Water Notice

Ideas for Your Visit

WHAT TO DO: After pitching your tent, it’s time to explore the wonders all around. Rent a canoe or kayak to paddle up the Tully River and explore the islands and inlets on the lake, or cast a fishing line from the campground banks. Amble down sections of the 22-mile Tully Trail for glimpses of tranquil overlooks and roaring waterfalls—and, if you’re up for it, spend two days hiking the whole trail—or mountain bike the 7.5-mile loop around Long Pond. Head back and take a nap, or gather the whole family for a game of disc golf, horseshoes, volleyball, or cornhole.


  • Boat Rentals (Kayaks & Canoes)
  • Paddle Board Rentals
  • Disc Golf Rentals
  • Fishing Pole Rentals
Reserve Your Campsite

Admission & Hours

Campsites Weekday Weekend & Peak
Inland $37.00 $43.00
Waterfront $42.00 $49.00
  • Peak pricing will be June 18 – August 26
  • Site fees include 4 campers and 2 vehicles
  • $10 per night per additional Adult and $6 per child
  • 8 person limit per site (excluding children 4 and under)
  • $10 per extra car
  • Weekends are 2-night minimum stay (Fri-Sat or Sat-Sun)
  • Trustees’ members receive a 10% discount on their site fees for one site per reservation, boat rentals, and merchandise. Discounts will be applied on site upon check-in. To become a member, and to enjoy access to all 120 of the Trustees of Reservations properties, please click HERE.

Rentals are available:

  • Paddle Rentals: $10
  • Disc Golf Rentals: $5
  • Fishing Pole Rentals: $10
  • Boat Rentals (Kayaks & Canoes)
Canoe Rentals Pricing
4 Hour $50
Full Day $80
Additional Days $70
Single Kayak/Paddle  Board Rentals Pricing
4 Hour $35
Full Day $55
Additional Days $50
*Twilight boat special from May 16th to June 16th and September 5th thru Sept 29th. Weekdays only, Monday – Thursday 3pm to 8pm. Price per boat:
-$20 members
-$25 non members

Directions & Contact Info

Tully Lake Campground
25 Doane Hill Road
Royalston, MA 01368
Tel: 978.249.4957 (March – October)

Get directions on Google Maps.

From Rt. 2, take Exit 18 and turn left onto Rt. 2A West toward Athol. From the intersection of Rts. 2A and 32 North in Athol, cross the Millers River Bridge and bear left following the signs on Rt. 32 North. Proceed about 4 mi., passing the Tully Dam, and take a right onto Doane Hill Rd. Proceed for 1 mi. Tully Lake Campground is on the right.


Mailing Address:

Tully Lake Campground
P.O. Box 100
Royalston, MA 01368

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*The Tully Lake Campground is owned by the Army Corps of Engineers and managed by The Trustees.

What You'll Find

Explore the Campsites

Tully Lake Campground is your close-to-home wilderness getaway! A tent-only ‘walk-in’ campground set along the shores of a 200-acre lake in Royalston Massachusetts, Tully Lake Campground showcases the best of New England outdoor recreation. Paddle up the picturesque Tully River, or explore the islands and inlets on the lake. Hike to tranquil overlooks and roaring waterfalls, or mountain bike the 7.5-mile loop around Long Pond. Fish off the campground banks or lounge in the refreshing shade of towering pine trees.

  • Tent-only campground offers a unique getaway in Royalston, Massachusetts.
  • Choose from inland and waterfront campsites. We have carts available for hauling your gear to your site (note: no vehicles are allowed on site).
  • Bring the entire family – we offer family-oriented programs throughout the season.
  • Dogs are welcome, as long as you bring a copy of their rabies vaccination and keep them on-leash only, please.
  • Relax by the water or get out on it: Rent canoes, kayaks, fishing poles, GPS, or disc golf equipment.
  • Centrally located bathhouse with flush toilets and coin-operated showers available for guest use.

Learn more about the Tully Trail and the Tully Lake Triathlon.

*The Tully Lake Campground is owned by the Army Corps of Engineers and managed by The Trustees.

Facilities & Accessibility

Centrally located bathhouse with flush toilets and coin-operated showers available for guest use. Firewood, fire starters, and ice are sold onsite.

Accessibility features

  • wheelchair accessible campsites (1 & 2 first come first serve)
  • wheelchair accessible bathrooms
  • wheelchair accessible parking
  • All-terrain Wheelchair accessible trails

Venue Rental

Please reach out to mkrumme@thetrustees.org for any property rental questions.

Property Map

Navigating the Area:

Campground Map Trail Map

*The Tully Lake Campground is owned by the Army Corps of Engineers and managed by The Trustees.


Regulations & Advisories

Campground Regulations
  • Pets are allowed and must be kept on leash and cleaned up after. Owners must present a copy of proof of rabies vaccination
  • Alcohol is not permitted
  • No more than two 4-person tents and one tarp/screen tent is allowed per site.
  • An adult must accompany all campers under the age of 18.
  • Quiet hours are between 10PM and 7AM.
  • Please no portable electronic devices that can be heard from neighboring sites
  • Firewood is available for sale. To eliminate the spread of infectious insects and diseases to trees, we no longer allow wood from home.
  • Collection of dead loose wood from the ground IS allowed, removing live trees and branches is NOT.
  • Swimming and wading IS allowed at the camper’s own risk.
  • Food must not be left at sites unattended. Please bring locking storage or bring food back to your vehicle when not at your site.
  • Dishes must be washed at the outside sinks at the comfort station, not in the lake or at sites.
  • The possession of firearms, or other projectile firing devices is prohibited (pellet guns, bows, etc.)

Cancellation Policy

Visitors that do not arrive or call 978.249.4957 by 8PM on the first day of their reservation are not eligible for a refund and are not guaranteed their site. Otherwise the reservation will be cancelled and subject to re-rental. While we hope you do not need to cancel, we have a high demand for our sites so we must enforce a strict cancellation/No show policy. We don’t charge extra for sunshine, and we can’t give refunds due to bad weather. Check reports and cancel early if weather is an issue for you. No refunds for early departures.

  • For cancellations made 7 days or less before arrival, no refunds are given.
  • For cancellations made more than 7 days before arrival, one day’s site fee (per reserved site) and a $20 processing fee will be kept and the remainder may be credited to another reservation for that season only.
  • For cancellations made 14 days or more before arrival, a $20 processing fee will be kept and the remainder will be refunded or credited towards a different reservation in that season only.

*The member price is the 90% deposit. For non-Trustees members you will be charged the remainder of your deposit the 1st day of your reservation (regardless if you show up). If you are a Trustees Member please, bring your membership card with you and we will not charge the additional 10%.*

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Love, love, love this place. Tent only campground. Perfect little gem of a campground. Staff is great! Lots to do, tons of hiking trails, kayaking/canoeing, corn hole, volleyball nets, horseshoes, swimming, fishing or just relax and enjoy.

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