The Story of the Yawgoog Trails

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Appendix I: Filming at Yawgoog

1,800 acres of ponds, forests, trails and fields at your service!

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View of Yawgoog Pond's eastern shore from Campsite Paul Siple
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View of Yawgoog Pond from the Medicine Bow Waterfront Tower
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Introduction

Location scouting in southern New England? Consider Camp Yawgoog! Even if a camp is not in the script, Yawgoog (pronounced "yah-goo") offers many beautiful outdoor locations in a quiet and secluded setting. Founded in 1916, Yawgoog is a residential camp in rural Rhode Island on the Connecticut border, less than 15 minutes away from Interstate 95. The property is available for film, television, video and commercial photography shoots.

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Scenic Locations
Locations Around Camp
Aerial Video
Previous Production
Logistics and Contact


Scenic Locations

Panoramic View of Wincheck Pond from Toad Rock

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Panoramic View of Drysdale and Pickerel Coves on Yawgoog Pond

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Hidden Lake

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Panoramic view of Hidden Lake from the peninsula
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Sherwood Forest and Shelter

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Deer Cove Campsite

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Panoramic view of Yawgoog Pond from the Deer Cove Campsite
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Panoramic View of Yawgoog Pond from Hemlock Ledge

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Deer Point on Yawgoog Pond

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Panoramic view of Yawgoog Pond from Deer Point
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Cooning Orchard

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Cedar Swamp

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The trail tunnels through native rhododendron
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Panoramic View of Yawgoog Pond from the Dam

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Sunsets

The eastern and southern shores of Yawgoog Pond frequently
offer beautiful sunsets and moonlit views in a quiet natural setting.

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Locations Around Camp

T. Dawson Brown Gateway

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Bucklin Memorial Building

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Memorial Room in the Bucklin Memorial Building
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Ropes Courses at the Challenge Center

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The Undertow - Just one of the course obstacles
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Sharpe Lodge - Camp Three Point

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Memorial Bell Tower

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Video of the ringing of the Memorial Bell by David R. Brierley

Camp Three Point Amphitheatre

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Camp Three Point Waterfront

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The floating docks can be moved
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J. Harold Williams Amphitheatre

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Inside the J. Harold Williams Amphitheatre
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Tim O'Neil Field

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Ashaway Aquatics Center

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H. Cushman Anthony Stockade

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John R. Rathom Lodge - Camp Medicine Bow

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Camp Medicine Bow Waterfront

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Camp Medicine Bow Amphitheatre

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Jesse H. Metcalf Lodge - Camp Sandy Beach

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Campcraft Center

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Camp Sandy Beach Amphitheatre

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Camp Sandy Beach Waterfront

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David S. Anderson Archery Range

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Lane-Bliven Rifle Range

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Boardwalks

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Swamp Trail Boardwalk among native rhododendron
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Order of the Arrow Boardwalk near the Ashaway Aquatics Center
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Hidden Lake Boardwalk
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Country Roads on Camp Property

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Admiral Clark Road
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General Dean Trail in the Curtis Tract
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Galkin Trail
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Many more areas, especially log cabins, are available!


Aerial Video

Raw aerial video by Christian Robison of Robison Imagery

  • Moonrise Kingdom (feature film, 2012)
    Camp Yawgoog was the setting for the Fort Lebanon scenes in this Wes Anderson project; many locations within the property, as well as a large cast and crew, were involved during principal photography over several days in May 2011. The camp's full-time rangers provided assistance to the production crew. Please see the Pinterest board and Foursquare list for the project.

    Ondine Cohane, New York Times: "Are there locations for other films of yours that you particularly fell in love with?"
    Wes Anderson: "In Rhode Island, for 'Moonrise Kingdom,' we worked in a beautiful scout camp built in maybe the '20s called Camp Yawgoog."

    Angela Elias, PopSugar: "...what influenced the look of the camps? Did you research scout troops and camps from the 1960s?"
    Adam Stockhausen, Production Designer: "... Architecturally, we were blown away by the actual scout camp in Rhode Island, Camp Yawgoog. Its stockade walls, paths, and lakefront areas guided us to the look of Fort Lebanon."

Logistics and Contact

  • Directions from Interstate 95: Take Exit 3B and travel west on Route 138. After about 0.6 mile (1 kilometer), veer left where Routes 138 and 3 merge (Main Street). Proceed southwest 0.9 mile (1.4 kilometers) until Route 138 turns right, leaving Route 3 at a fire station. Travel northwest on Route 138 (Spring Street) 3.1 miles (5 kilometers) until the Yawgoog Scout Reservation sign is seen on the left at Camp Yawgoog Road. The T. Dawson Brown Gateway will be reached after travelling 0.6 mile (1 kilometer) southwest on Camp Yawgoog Road. The street address is 61 Camp Yawgoog Road, Rockville, RI; Rockville is a village in the Town of Hopkinton. Coordinates: 41.51998° N   71.77494° W

  • Travel:
  • Parking: Ample parking is available in several areas on site for personal and large vehicles.

  • Access Within the Property: The site's facilities, including the northern, eastern and southern shores of Yawgoog Pond, are accessible through private paved and dirt roads. The western shore of Yawgoog Pond can be reached by watercraft and on foot.

  • Noise: There are no major sources of external noise nearby. The nearest source is a private shooting range more than two miles (3.2 kilometers) away; the distant gunfire is infrequent, particularly so on weekdays. Gunfire may be heard during the fall/winter hunting season in the adjacent Pachaug State Forest in Connecticut, but this, too, is infrequent.

  • Neighbors, Crowds and Traffic: Yawgoog Pond and Hidden Lake are entirely within camp property. Camp Yawgoog is completely separated from its neighbors by forest and Wincheck Pond; residences are visible on the opposite shore of Wincheck Pond, but the water rights to Wincheck Pond are part of the camp property. Crowds are not an issue as the camp is in a secluded rural area. Traffic is not a problem either, as the only public route is Camp Yawgoog Road. The road is paved up to the T. Dawson Brown Gateway; it then goes on as a dirt road toward the Connecticut border. Public traffic is very infrequent, especially on weekdays.

  • Lodging:
  • Creative Resources: The rustic architecture, both interior and exterior, of Camp Yawgoog's lodges and cabins may offer inspiration to the production design team. The Yawgoog Heritage Center features photographs, camping equipment, uniforms and memorabilia dating back to the early twentieth century.

  • Availability: The property is available from early September through late May.

  • Contact: Camp Yawgoog is owned by a non-profit trust, the Rhode Island Boy Scouts. The property is operated by Narragansett Council, BSA: info@narragansettbsa.org, 401-351-8700.

  • Rhode Island Film & Television Office
    Offers incentive information, climate data, a directory of production resources (transportation, catering, etc.) and more.

  • Local Resources:

A tour of Yawgoog on the Orange Trail.

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