Blue Water Development Expands KOA Portfolio in New England

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East Coast hospitality specialist now offers two picturesque KOA properties on Maine-New Hampshire border

Lakeside view at Strafford/Lake Winnipesaukee South KOA

“We quickly grew to love the it made perfect sense to expand our footprint through the acquisition of Strafford,” said Jim Baeurle, Blue Water's director of development.

Blue Water Development, a real estate developer specializing in commercial and hospitality properties on the East Coast, is proud to announce the addition of two Kampgrounds of America (KOA) destinations to its portfolio.

Flat Rock Bridge Campground, located in Lebanon, Maine, has become Salmon Falls/Lebanon KOA. Salmon Falls is a 79-acre riverfront campground highlighted by family-friendly amenities including a giant waterslide and mini-golf course, and activities from tubing to fly fishing. Blue Water purchased the property in 2018 and has spent the last year updating the beloved family vacation spot. The KOA transition will be commemorated with a ribbon cutting ceremony later this summer.

“Salmon Falls is the most traditional campground in our portfolio, and we love the old-fashioned camping adventure it invites,” said Jim Baeurle, Blue Water’s director of development. “We’re excited to open as a KOA this season and for families to experience the upgraded amenities, accommodations and activities that await them.”

Blue Water has also recently acquired Strafford/Lake Winnipesaukee South KOA, located just eight miles to the southwest of Salmon Falls in Strafford, New Hampshire. As family-friendly as its northern neighbor, Strafford is a 46-acre lakefront campground featuring themed weekends, a lakeside beach, and its own H2O Fun Zone and Waterpark.

“We quickly grew to love the area by managing Flat Rock for a season, so it made perfect sense to expand our footprint through the acquisition of Strafford,” added Baeurle. “Being able to have both properties under the KOA flag is an added bonus, allowing us to raise the visibility of two amazing destinations.”

Visitors of both campgrounds can look forward to new accommodations, including fully-furnished safari/glamping tents, deluxe riverfront cabins and RV rentals – an addition Blue Water is especially excited about.

“Blue Water’s overarching mission is to help families and friends share great experiences and create lasting memories,” said Rafael Correa, Blue Water’s chief financial officer. “But we’ve often heard our RVing guests lament that certain family members or friends can’t join them because they don’t have their own RV. So, we decided to do something about it through our new RV rental program, which provides everyone from first-time campers to those thinking about buying an RV with everything they need to have a great experience.”

To learn more about the RV rental program and book reservations at either Salmon Falls/Lebanon KOA or Strafford/Lake Winnipesaukee South KOA, visit or today.

About Blue Water Development:
Founded by Jack and Todd Burbage in 2002, Blue Water Development is a real estate developer specializing in commercial and hospitality properties operating in Delaware, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Virginia. Blue Water's diverse portfolio includes six waterfront RV resort properties, five of which are part of the Kampgrounds of America (KOA) network; nine beachside hotels within walking distance of the Atlantic Ocean; and recreational venues including golf outfitter Blue Water Golf, Maui Jacks Waterpark, and the Sea Rocket, an iconic tourist boat.

Raising the bar in the real estate industry, Blue Water has earned a stellar reputation for its commitment and dedication to the development and constant improvement of elite properties known for their sophisticated designs, gracious floor plans, and superior amenities. Ever growing, the company always has and always will prioritize its employees, its partners, and its guests. To learn more, visit

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