New campground opening at Farmington Lake

Nearly two dozen spaces available at $10 per night

The Daily Times staff
An artist's rendering shows the layout of the new campground at Farmington Lake, which opens Friday.
  • The campground is the city’s latest move to turn its reservoir into a recreational destination.
  • The facility offers dry camping, and campers have access to a vault toilet.
  • There is no drinking water available onsite.

FARMINGTON — The Redcoats are coming — the Farmington Chamber of Commerce Redcoats, that is — to today’s dedication of the new 21-space campground at Farmington Lake.

The facility includes five spaces suitable for recreational vehicles.

The event takes place at the new campground at 1 p.m. today as the campground opens to the general public at the rate of $10 per night.

Plans for a larger campground complex had been floated for a while, but Cory Styron, director of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs, pushed ahead with a smaller design that was more cost effective for the Farmington budget.

The campground is the city’s latest move to turn its reservoir into a recreational destination. Swimming began last year when the city hired lifeguards and allowed concessions at a defined beach area. This year the beach is available for private parties after regular swimming hours end.

The opening of the new campground at Farmington Lake will be celebrated during an event this afternoon.

The facility offers dry camping, and campers have access to a vault toilet. There is no drinking water available onsite.

Camping costs $7 per day for lake access season pass holders. Two vehicles are allowed per site, and there is a $5 access fee for the second vehicle.

Don’t plan on late-night arrivals, however. There is no access to the campground between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., meaning late-night arrivals and anyone leaving the campground after hours will not be allowed return access until the following morning, the city press release warns.

The new campground at Farmington Lake features 21 spaces that can be used at a rate of $10 per night.

Camping is on a first-come, first-served basis, but the city said online reservations will be available later in the summer.

Fires and grilling are allowed in the designated fire rings within the sites, the release states. 

For more information, visit fmtn.org/PRCA or contact the PRCA at 505-599-1197.