Make a Splash! - Public Beaches in the Lakes Region
Sand, sun and swimming. Nothing starts of a Lakes Region family vacation like a day at one of our beautiful public beaches!
Public Beaches in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire
Coivd-19 – We recommend that you call to confirm the beaches listed below are open to the public during these unusual times. All state beaches require advance reservations www.nhstateparks.org
Ahern State Park – Laconia Rt 11A. On the shores of Lake Winnisquam. Many walking trails, small swimming beach. Pit toilets. 436-1552
Bartlett Beach – Laconia Beach on Lake Winnisquam. Rt 3 to Court Street. Turn onto Bay Street. Left to Winnisquam Ave. Beach is at end. No fee. Swimming, bathrooms, fishing, playground, picnicking. 524-5046
Allen Albee Beach – Wolfeboro Swimming beach on Lake Wentworth. Off Rt 28, north of downtown. No fee, picnicking. 569-5639 2020 Update: Open to town residents only at this time. Not open to the public!
Wentworth State Beach – Wolfeboro Small park located on the shore of scenic Lake Wentworth. Swimming, fishing, picnicking, bathhouse. Site of summer estate of Governor John Wentworth, NH’s last colonial governor. Open May – September. Admission fee. Route 109, Wolfeboro 03894 (603) 569-3699
Alton Town Beaches – Alton Small Swimming Beach -Restrooms, parking. No admission fee. Rt 28A on Alton Bay. No lifeguard on duty. Swim Dock on Rt 11 next to town docks. No admission fee. Lifeguard on duty. 875-0109 www.alton.nh.gov/government/parks-recreation
Brewster Beach – Wolfeboro Rt 28, (South of downtown), to Clark Rd (across from Huggins Hospital). Beach on Lake Winnipesaukee. No fee. Restrooms, swimming, picnicking. 569-5639.
Carry Beach – Wolfeboro Public beach on Lake Winnipesaukee. Rt 28 (north of downtown) to Forest Rd. Swimming, picnicking, restrooms. 569-5639. 2020 Update: Open to town residents only at this time. Not open to the public!
Ellacoya State Park – Gilford 600-ft. sandy beach on southwest shore of Lake Winnipesaukee; RV park with 38 camp sites. Call (603) 271-3628 to make a reservation. Swimming, picnicking, store, bathhouse. Route 11, Gilford, 03249 (603)293-7821.
Leavitt Park – Meredith Swimming, picnicking. No fee. Small playground area. From Rt 25/Rt3 intersection in center of town, take Rt 25 North to Leavitt Rd. 279-4538
Melvin Village Warf – Melvin Village Swimming, No Lifeguard on Duty, no rest rooms, limited parking. Govenor Wentworth Highway, Rt 109, Melvin Village
Weirs Beach Endicott Park– Weirs Beach Small public beach on the Weirs Beach Channel connecting Paugus Bay with the larger portion of Lake Winnipesaukee. Historic Endicott Rock – Surveyors commissioned by Royal Governor John Endicott of the Massachuseets Bay Colony signed their initials in 1652. Great place for boat watching. Admission fee. Rt 3, Weirs Beach – overlooking the town docks. (603) 436-1552
19 Mile Bay Beach – Tuftonboro Swimming, picnicking. No fee. Portable toilets. No Lifequard on Duty, parking. Govenor Wentworth Highway, Rt 109, Tuftonboro 569-4539
20 Mile Bay Beach – Tuftonboro Swimming, picnicking. No fee. No Lifequard on Duty, limited parking. Govenor Wentworth Highway, Rt 109, Tuftonboro 569-4539
Bond Beach – Laconia Swimming beach on Lake Opechee. Restrooms, swimming, picnic area, fishing. Laconia Residents Only. Parking Fee $10. Elm Street to Bell Street. Parking at end. 524-5046
Opechee Park Cove Beach & Opechee Point Beach – Laconia Great family beach with no admission fee. Playground area. Quiet cove on Opechee Lake. Rt 106, N. Main Street, Laconia. 524-5046
New Hampshire State Parks
Concord PO Box 1856, Concord, 03302-1856 (603) 271-3556. New Hampshire has 45 state parks, 14 natural areas/waysides and 10 historic sites. The parks offer a diverse use from camping to swimming to just enjoying the views.
Plummer Ledge Natural Area – Wentworth Off Rt 25, Wentworth. 323-2087. Site of glacial potholes. (603) 323-2087
Sculptured Rocks State Park – Groton Geologically interesting glacial potholes. River gorge with observation bridge. Swimming, picnicking, hiking. Rt 3A Hebron to North Shore Rd. Follow signs from Hebron Village. 323-2087
Sunapee State Beach – Newbury Rt 103. Fishing, boating, swimming, picnicking on 4,085-acre Lake Sunapee. Ideal for family and group outings. 763-5661
Wellington State Park – Bristol 204 Acre Park with quarter-mile beach on the shore of Newfound Lake. Swimming, picnicking, playground, trails, group pavilions and boat launch. Admission fee. Route 3A to West Shore Rd, Bristol, 03222 (603) 744-2197
White Lake State Park – Tamworth Popular campground with 200 tent sites. Showers, store, beach, canoe rentals, trails, fishing. May-Oct. $14-$20/site. Reservations call (603) 271-3627, Route 16, Tamworth 03886 (603) 323-7350