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BARTLETT – The Goff family closed the sale of their Glen Ellis Campground to Northgate Resorts in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Monday.

The sale of the award-winning 78-acre, 240-acre Glen campground was confirmed this week by Dick Goff, his son and daughter-in-law.

Dick Goff, 81, is president of Glen Ellis, with Richard Goff III, 56, vice-president and Richard’s wife, Joelle, as manager.

Richard and Joelle’s sons Ryan Classen, 30, and Jameson Goff, 19, are also part of the family business. They have a staff of 20 that Dick Goff hopes to stay in.

“I’m retiring, so that’s what drives the sale. We have been in negotiations for the past 10 months, ”said Dick Goff.

Northgate officials declined to comment on the sale, but the company’s website (northgateresorts.com) shows Glen Ellis is listed as one of their 12 campgrounds across the country.

The company, owned by the Bossenbroek family, also purchased Westward Shores Cottages and RV Resort in West Ossipee in December 2015.

Dick Goff, who declined to reveal the sale price, recalled that he bought the original property in the late 1970s from a group led by local Olympian J. Brooks Dodge II. This group had a glider landing strip there, but neighbors complained about the noise of a tow plane.

Goff had worked managing Black Mountain in nearby Jackson for Bill and Betty Whitney, and they were part of the airstrip land investment group. He and his late partner Bill Krim together bought and operated the Saco River Campground in North Conway.

They sold this campground in 1975 and, under the terms of the sale, they had a non-compete clause prohibiting Goff from opening a local campground for five years.

Goff opened the Glen Ellis Campground in 1980 with the goal of creating an upscale facility, with many sites offering frontage on the Ellis and Saco rivers.

“Our goal was to build a beautiful campground that would appeal to a high-end clientele, and we were successful in achieving that goal. Our guests keep coming back year after year, ”said Goff.

In 1997, he and his family added a laundromat that was open to the public and housed in a beautiful New England-style building. The campsite has four buildings which house a total of 18 showers.

The Goffs added an additional 10 acres which they bought from Jackson’s George Howard “around 2013,” according to Goff. With this purchase, they created 27 more sites to bring the total to 240.

The beautifully landscaped campground common areas include the public laundry room, inground pool, recreation room, barn archway with video games, two tennis courts, and a baseball field used by the Bartlett Little League.

Of the latter, Goff said: “Peter Fresco organized this with me when his boys were young. The new owners tell us that there will be no change in this regard.

Other amenities include a volleyball court, basketball court and two swimming holes (one on the Saco and one on the Ellis). A hammock provides respite near a fountain near the office at the entrance which houses a camping store with upstairs quarters. The campsite rents three trailers on site.

Each campsite has a wooden picnic table and a fire pit. Many campers bring their own grills for the summer. Some sites have water and electricity connections as well as septic connections.

These amenities and the reputation for service of the Goff family and crew have earned the campground numerous accolades, including one from Yankee Magazine, which named it “Best Campground in New Hampshire” in its May 2018 issue, and by Outdoor Magazine, which in June named Glen Ellis Campground in its article “Seven Riverside Campsites for Your Summer Bucket List – Riverfront Campgrounds in the US”

Yankee wrote, “Glen Ellis puts campers in the heart of the White Mountains while providing seclusion from the North Conway scene. Yes, you’re only minutes from Story Land and the outlets, but it’s also more than okay to stay put at this family-run establishment.… The riverside sites are some of the state’s most popular RV sites, while the swimming pool, playgrounds and barn at game will keep children entertained throughout the weekend.

Added Outside Magazine in its June 12 online post, “Mark a riverside site to catch rainbow trout and speckled trout, or rent tubes to float the Saco River.” Endless hiking trails on Mount Washington are a short drive away, but if you have kids they might never want to leave: the place has a pool, playground, of a country store with ice cream and huge grassy fields. ”

Glen Ellis Campground is located on Route 302 in Glen.


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