New England Fishing Academy


Ages: entering grades 5 through 8 in September 2024
Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Check out our latest catch! We are partnering with the New England Fishing Academy in our newest trip camp offering. Campers will visit various locations around Massachusetts for some catch-and-release fishing, and they’ll learn everything that goes into reeling in the big one! They will learn how the weather, moon, time of day, and other environmental factors all come together for a great fishing experience. Not all fishing gear is the same, and NEFA will show your camper which equipment is best for the kind of fish they are seeking. Most importantly, NEFA will foster an appreciation for the various ecosystems we share and the responsibility we have in preserving them. The great staff at NEFA will create lasting memories out in nature that will have your camper experiencing the great outdoors in their own backyards. 

Chris Margraf and Craig McLaughlin

Craig is pure city, having grown up in Winthrop, MA with Boston Harbor in his backyard.  Chris, on the other hand, is pure country. Growing up in Keene, NH and spending time every summer in the lobster fishing community of Friendship, ME, he has had plenty of exposure to lakes, ponds, rivers and the ocean.  Needless to say, they have both logged over 40 years each on the water. Craig is a USCG OUPV Captain and owner of a 28 ft. Grady White. Chris leads yearly fishing expeditions for his school during the first two weeks in March. Most recently, he traveled with 12 high school students to Andros Island, Bahamas on a fly fishing excursion for bone fish. He is the operator of a 28 ft. Edgewater 280CX. Sharing their love and knowledge of the water and its various fisheries is the reason why they created the New England Fishing Academy.

, Activities & Schedule

Sample Schedule

Week 1 – June 26 – June 30

  • Monday: Ashland Reservoir, Ashland
  • Tuesday: Walden Pond, Concord
  • Wednesday: Nissitissit River/Wattles Pond, Pepperell
  • Thursday: Chestnut Hill Reservoir, Chestnut Hill
  • Friday: Charles River, Boston/Newton

Week 8 – August 14 – August 18

  • Monday: Jamaica Pond, Boston
  • Tuesday: Long Sought-for Pond, Westford
  • Wednesday: Waban Pond, Wellesley
  • Thursday: Charles River, Boston/Newton
  • Friday: Codzilla Charter (1/2 day)

2023 Session Dates & Tuition

Session Dates Tuition
Week 7  August 7 – August 11 $925
Week 8 August 14 – August 18 (Early dismissal on August 18) $925

Daily lunch and snack provided


Sibling and 8-Week Discounts available

Extended Day

Want more camp? You’ve got it. Our weekly Extended Day programs are available to all New England Fishing Academy Campers for an additional fee.  For more info, click here.

7:30-8:30 am – Drop off your camper up to an hour earlier than the regular drop-off at 8:30 am.

4:00-6:00 pm – Extend your camper’s day as late as possible to give them full access to more activities.

Bus Transportation

Why not let someone else be the driver? We’ll safely shuttle your camper to and from Beaver by bus. For more info, click here.