The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has bought the former Echo Lake Campground, 235 acres that includes a 2,200-foot stretch fronting Echo Lake in Burrillville, according to The Providence Journal.
The DEM announced the $2-million purchase on Friday (Jan. 8), saying the campground’s location on the large freshwater lake also known as Pascoag Reservoir makes it a key recreational asset for the state.
“DEM’s purchase of this property further protects water quality and provides significant recreational benefits in northern Rhode Island and is a nice complement to our George Washington Management Area,” DEM director Janet Coit said in a statement.
The agency will continue to use the property for camping and is working on a plan with the Town of Burrillville.
The DEM bought the campground from the Trustees of the Helen F. Moroney Real Estate Trust using state open space bond money. Helen Moroney owned the former campground for more than 50 years. It closed last year.