A lot of people inquire about which campground is the best at Arrowhead. While we have our favorites, so do you. This is just to explain for the first timers of Arrowhead the differences between the three campgrounds. Keeping in mind that Lumby is divided into two sections but basically is one campground.
Roe campground is the most private campground of the three. with the exception of the turn arounds at the bottom of each road. they are a little more open. Road seven in Roe is a little different that the rest of Roe. Not as private and even the forest there changes into mostly hardwood. Most of Roe Campground is sandy campsites which make for good drainage. Some of the sites in Roe have been turned into electrical sites but do not let that deter your decision on picking a site as they are all good anyway. The beach in Roe tends not to be as crowded as the other beaches because it is the last campground in the park and is not used for day visitors that much. Fishing is pretty good from this beach also. If you are facing the water walk to your right on the beach and the water gets deeper by the shore there. Lots of bass to be had at that spot. One more thing to there seems to be a lot more deer running around in Roe also.
One more thing in Roe Campground is the presence of Poison Ivy. Situated mostly around the Loops of the roads and a few pathways that lead to the beach or other roads. There are signs posted where it is prevalent in the area. Please use caution when traveling through this area as it could ruin a great holiday with a very nasty rash and blisters and a trip to the emergency ward in Huntsville. Educate yourselves and your children to it’s nature and it’s appearance. The leaves can be notched or smooth and always come in three’s with the middle leaf always having a stem of greater length. Do not let this discourage you from Roe Campground because in 20 years of Camping in this park and educating my children what to look for we have never contracted any Poison Ivy at all. The rest of the park is free from this irritating plant. There was a very sparse area of Poison Ivy in East River Campground.
East River Campground is mostly Electrical except for roads 8, 9 and 10. and a few at the end of some of the roads. Road 10 is built for larger RVs and have huge lots and are less private. But is also the closest to Stubbs falls which is a wonderful site to see. A good place to just lie on the rocks and listen to the roar of the water cascade down the chute. Just please do not enter the water here as accidents could happen. The rest of East River are more private campsites and even the first four roads are radio free. The soil is mixed between sand and dirt and drainage is pretty good here. The beach close to here is a little busier in the summer as it is also designed for day use. Also in east River there are two soft sided shelters and six cabins for those who want to pack a little lighter. Just bring your personal belongings and food . Each contain a mini fridge, coffee maker and barbecue plus the cabin has a fireplace run by propane. For more info on these dwellings please visit the Arrowhead Website. Cabins on campsite 202, 203, 204, 205, 206 and 221. Soft sided Shelters on campsites 222 and 247.
Lumby Campground north and south is by far the most different of the whole park. This campground is designated for tents and tent trailers. The forest is mostly Deciduous with a few Coniferous trees thrown in for colour in the winter. This campground is by far the most beautiful to walk through in the fall. It also closes after Labour day weekend but is still accessible by foot. In the summer months this campground can be a little wetter than the rest of the park because of the type of soil that is here. It is mostly dirt so when it rains it could get a little muddy at times. The campsites are not as private though because of the way they are designed with the trees being cut back to the sides more, revealing almost the entire campsite. A little ingenuity in making these private by placing your vehicle sideways and turning your tent towards the back of the site is what most people do. Still a great place to camp with a different atmosphere.
All in all though what ever type of camping you enjoy from more roughing it in Lumby to the comforts of electricity in East River or a combination of both in Roe, Arrowhead has what it takes to make your stay a pleasant one from Spring until fall.
One last piece of advice for you very early spring campers. BRING BUG NETTING! and not just for your head either. The black flies can be a little bothersome, especially down in Roe. Once the weather warms up they die off thankfully. they do like to feed in the spring. OUCH!
East River Campground is open from May until Thanksgiving weekend.
Roe campground is open from June until Thanksgiving weekend. Roe is only open on the weekends after Labour Day.
Lumby is open from the end of June till Labour Day Weekend.
You can still hike even when they are closed for camping until winter sets in and then you can strap on your skis and cross-country your heart out until spring. Winter skiing is open from December Until March, weather permitting.
Please have a look at all the campsite pictures under the categories to see which one you like. Book early as they go fast. Plus while you are looking have a peek into what Arrowhead use to look like 20 years ago right up until last year.
If you still need any information on Arrowhead I can always try and answer any questions that you might have. Just email us and I always answer the emails.
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Enjoy your stay 🙂