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State and local parks of Lakes region provide fun for all tastes

White Lake State Park-credit-NH Division of Travel and Tourism Development
White Lake State Park

94 State Park Road (Route 16) Tamworth, NH, 03886 Phone: 603-323-7350

Swimming, trout fishing, camping

White Lake State Park is on glacial White Lake. There is a maintained foot path around the lake, good for watching for wildlife, loons, or beavers. Trout fishing is done here. There are rentals of canoes, kayakes, paddleboats, stand-up paddle boards, and rowboats. Additionally, the park has a day-use area and a campground with family campsites and youth group sites. Camping fees are $25 (no hookups); $30 (water view, no hookups); and $50 to $75 for either of two large family sites. Park is open full time from late May to Labor Day, and weekends only from Labor Day to mid-October.
Fees: Admission is $5 for adults; $2 for children ages 6-11; children ages 5 and under and NH residents age 65 and over are admitted free. Season passes are available; see top of page/
Camping information.
Campground map.
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Ellacoya State Park at Lake Winnipesaukee

266 Scenic Road (Route 11) Gilford, NH, 03246 Phone: 603-293-7821

Lake swimming and fishing; boat ramp; picnicking

On the shore of giant Lake Winnipesaukee, this park has a 600-foot long sandy beach that is open for swimming, paddling, and fishing. It has a boat ramp. Great park for a day of water sports and picnicking. Park has an RV campground with 37 sites and hookups. Reservations required. Tents camping is not allowed. Camping fee is $47 per rig with water, electric, and sewer hookups). Pets are not allowed in the campground or in other areas of the park. Park is open and staffed late May to mid-October.
Campground information.
Campground map.
Fees: Admission is $5 for adults; $2 for children ages 6-11; children ages 5 and under and NH residents age 65 and over are admitted free. Season passes are available; see top of page.
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Livermore Falls Recreation Area

86 Livermore Road Holderness, NH Phone: 603-238-9284

This location gives access to the Pemigewassett River for river swimming, paddling, fishing and picnicking. The recreation area is part of the Livermore Falls State Forest. Parking lot is available on Livermore Falls Road off Route 175. There is a canoe and kayak launch site and pit toilets. Pets not allowed in the area. Carry in and carry out all trash.
Season: The Pemi River Access site opens for the season on May 25 and closes September 2, daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dates and times may change without notice.
Fees: $5 per car for parking and drop-off fee. Free for NH residents age 65 and over.
Ahern State Park

43 Great Bay Lane Laconia, NH Phone:

Ahern State Park has 3,500 feet of shoreline on Lake Winnisquam, where the public may swim, canoe, fish, and picnic. The park has numerous trails that are used for hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling. Camping is not permitted at this park. Pets are allowed on park trails, but not on the beach. Trail map.
Wentworth State Park

297 Governor Wentworth Hwy (Route 109) Wolfeboro, NH, 03894 Phone: 603-569-3699

Swimming and all water sports

Wentworth State Park spans 50 acres and is located on the shore of Wentworth Lake. Popular activities in the park include swimming, picnicking, hiking, fishing, and boating. Amenities include picnic tables, a boat launch, flush toilets, and a group use area. The park is open weekends only from Memorial Day weekend to mid-June and daily through late August.
Wellington State Park

614 West Shore Road (Off Route 3A) Bristol, NH, 03222 Phone: 603-744-2197

Fresh water swimming, hiking, boat launch, picnicking, beautiful lake and island views

Wellington State Park has a large swimming beach on Newfound Lake, one of the clearest and deepest lakes in New Hampshire. Next to the park is a boat launch managed by N.H. Fish & Game. This launch allows year-round access to Newfound Lake and access to the park. The park has beautiful views, a snack concession, volleyball and horseshoe courts. Pets are permitted at the boat access area only. Kayak rentals are available at the park store.
Hiking trails are found inside and outside the park. A peninsula nature trail has picnic grove, designated fishing areas, and plant identifications. One hiking trail from the park leads to Goose Pond, the Sugarloafs, Bear Mountain, Welton Falls, and Mount Cardigan. Park is staffed from late May to mid-October.
Because this park's beach is very popular in warm weather, the beach will most likely sell out in the morning. Once the beach area reaches capacity more people may not be admitted, for safety reasons.
Fees: Admission is adults, $5; children, $2.