New Hampshire is a dream for paddling, canoeing, and kayaking

With plentiful and beautiful lakes, rivers, and a nice slice of Atlantic shoreline, New Hampshire beckons to people eager to get out on the water with canoes, kayaks, and other paddling crafts. Many state-managed boat ramps or boat ramps at marinas allow plenty of places to get from the land onto the water.

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Paddling in New Hampshire
Kayaks Ashore - Margate Resort on Winnipesaukee - Laconia, NH
Margate Resort on Winnipesaukee

76 Lake Streeet Laconia, NH, 03246 Phone: 603-524-5210 Toll-Free: 800-627-4283

Paddle your way to that perfect vacation at this resort by Lake Winnipesaukee

If your vacation is not complete without the sense of Zen you get paddling across a quiet lake, then look no further than The Margate on Winnipesaukee. Families have been making memories at this full-service resort for almost seven decades, and one of the many reasons is the 400-foot private sandy beach. It’s perfect for swimming and sunbathing, of course, but you can also rent a stand-up paddle board or kayak and paddle around the picturesque islands of Paugus Bay. Under the bluest of blue skies, surrounded by towering pines, you’ll glide over some of New Hampshire’s clearest waters. Back at the resort, relax in the indoor and outdoor pools, sauna or Jacuzzi, then grab a bite at the Gazebo Beach Bar.
Kayaking - Great Glen Trails - Gorham, NH
Great Glen Trails

Route 16 at Pinkham Notch Gorham, NH, 03581 Phone: 603-466-3988

Outdoor Fun That's Just Right for The Entire Family

At the Great Glen Trails in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire, we offer adventures in all shapes and sizes. During the spring and summer you can set out on a hike, run, or bike ride on any of our scenic trails through New Hampshire's White Mountains. Or join us for a guided bird watching tour or a paddling trip on the Androscoggin River. In winter, the cross country skiing and snowshoeing is absolutely glorious. Our trail system of easy and rolling terrain allows skiers of all abilities to find the right level of activity, challenge, and fun. The trails are groomed with both double tracks and a skating lane and run through the forests at the base of Mt. Washington. And the SnowCoach makes everything accessible to all, with or without skis. It's the natural vacation plan for you and your family.
Couple Paddling Purity Spring Resort Madison New Hampshire
Purity Spring Resort

1251 Eaton Road (Route 153) East Madison, NH, 03849 Phone: 603-367-8896 Toll-Free: 800-373-3754

Paddle your own canoe in a unmatched natural setting

Propel yourself on scenic Purity Lake in the majestic White Mountains. Family-owned Purity Spring Resort offers guests complimentary kayaks, canoes and rowboats for exploring its scenic natural wonderland of unblemished shorelines, sandy beaches, bogs, heaths and islands. There’s great fishing for pickerel, small mouth bass and panfish, perch and sunfish for the young folk. Move along at your own pace while gazing at one of New Hampshire’s incredible landscapes of forest, mountains and water. Enjoy warm country lodging, meals at the resort's restaurant & pub, an indoor pool, and fitness center. This remarkable setting has made it a popular vacation destination for couples, families and groups as well as for special occasions and gatherings. Come for the paddling and stay for a whole lot more.
great bay national estuarine reserve
Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Discovery Center is 89 Depot Road ; many other access points Greenland, NH Phone: 603-868-1095

This giant tidal bay has a Discovery Center for visitors and lots of access points for fishing and boating. Kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, and motor boating is done here. These are tidal waters; look at tide charts before you go. See full description at our New Hampshire science and nature pages.
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

The large state parks allows motor boating, paddling, canoeing, and kayaking on Lake Winnipesaukee. There is a boat ramp. See full description of Ellacoya State Park
Umbagog Lake State Park

235 East Route 26 Cambridge, NH, 03579 Phone: 603-482-7795

Rated one of the five top locations in New England for kayaking and paddling

The Boston Globe rated Lake Umbagog the fifth-best kayaking locationin New England. Canoes, kayaks, and rowboats are available for rent. See full description of Umbagog State Park.
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

A variety of non-motorized boats, including canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, and rowboats, can be rented at this park on White Lake. See full description of White Lake State Park.
Lake Francis State Park

439 River Road Pittsburg, NH, 03592 Phone: 603-538-6965

Good for fishing, boating, paddling, and camping

Lake Francis State Park lies on the shores of Lake Francis a 2,000 acre lake near the Connecticut Lakes. Popular for fishing and hunting and boating. The lake has a boat launch and canoes are available for rent.
See full description of Lake Francis State Park.
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

Boating, canoeing, kayaking and paddling are welcome on Newfound Lake at Wellington State Park. A boat launch next to the park is managed by N.H. Fish & Game. Its allows year-round access to Newfound Lake and access to the park.
See full description of Wellington State Park.
Pawtuckaway State Park

40 Pawtuckaway Road Nottingham, NH, 03290 Phone: 603-895-3031

Lake beach with boat launch, canoe & kayak rentals; campground; hiking trails

Paddling is done at this lakeside park. There is a boat launch. Concession rents out paddleboards, kayaks, canoes. See full description of Pawtucketaway State Park.
Greenfield State Park

Route 136 Greenfield, NH, 03047 Phone: 603-547-3497

Lake for water sports, boat rentals, camping, no hookups

The lake on this park is open to boaters. Kayaks and canoes are available for rent . See full description of Greenfield State Park.
Mount Sunapee State Park

86 Beach Access Road Newbury, NH, 03255 Phone: 603-763-5561

Year-round outdoor fun with lake and camping; near downhill ski resort

Mount Sunapee State Park Beach offers swimming, boating and other water sports. Canoes, kayaks, and paddle boats are available for rent. See full description of Mount Sunapee State Park.
Androscoggin Wayside Park

1607 Berlin Road (Route 16) Errol, NH Phone: 603-538-6707

Androscoggin Wayside Park is on the Androscoggin River, within Thirteen Mile Woods. It is a favorite location for canoeing. No restrooms are available.
Nansen Wayside Park

Route 16 Milan, NH Phone: 603-823-7722 Ext - 75

Located near the banks of the Androscoggin River, Nansen Wayside Park is a popular place for picnicking, fishing, and boating. The park spans 14 acres and is the site of the 170-foot steel-framed Nansen Ski Jump, seen towering over the area. Nansen Wayside Park is unstaffed but is open to the public year-round at no charge. There is no winter maintenance. A boat launch is available. Information: www.nhstateparks.org