Canoeing, Paddleboarding, Kayaking & Watersports


One of the best ways to experience the region is from the water

Whether you’re in the mood for a peaceful paddle or a thrilling hydrofoil surfboard ride, summer is arguably the best time of year to visit the Lakes Region. Bring your own equipment, or rent by the hour, day or week. 

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Sand, sun and swimming. Nothing starts off a Lakes Region family vacation like a day at one of our beautiful public beaches!

Find Your Perfect Beach by the Lake

Lake Winnisquam
Ahern State Park

Laconia, Route 11A. On the shores of Lake Winnisquam. Many walking trails and a small swimming beach. Pit toilets.


Bartlett Beach

Laconia Beach on Lake Winnisquam. Route 3 to Court Street. Turn onto Bay Street. Left to Winnisquam Ave. Beach is at the end. No fee. Swimming, bathrooms, fishing, playground and picnicking.


Lake Wentworth
Allen Albee Beach

Wolfeboro swimming beach on Lake Wentworth. Off Route 28, north of downtown. No fee for picnicking.

603-569-5639, Currently 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 and bathhouse. Site of summer estate of Gov. John Wentworth, NH’s last colonial governor. Open May through September. Admission fee.

Route 109, Wolfeboro, 603-569-3699

Lake Winnipesaukee
Alton Small Swimming Beach

Restrooms and parking. No admission fee. Route 28A on Alton Bay. No lifeguard on duty. Swim dock on Route 11 next to town docks. No admission fee. Lifeguard on duty.

603-875-0109, view website

Brewster Beach

Wolfeboro, Route 28. South of downtown to Clark Road across from Huggins Hospital. Beach on Lake Winnipesaukee. No fee. Restrooms, swimming and picnicking.


Carry Beach

Wolfeboro Public beach on Lake Winnipesaukee. Route 28 north of downtown to Forest Road. Swimming, picnicking and restrooms.

603-569-5639 Currently open to town residents only at this time. Not open to the public!

Ellacoya State Park

Gilford. 600-foot sandy beach on the southwest shore of Lake Winnipesaukee. RV park with 38 campsites. Call 603-271-3628 to make a reservation. Swimming, picnicking, store and bathhouse.

Route 11, Gilford, 603-293-7821

Leavitt Park

Meredith picnicking. No fee. Small playground area. From the Route 25-Route 3 intersection in the center of town, take Route 25 North to Leavitt Road.


Melvin Village Warf

Melvin Village. Swimming. No lifeguard on duty, no restrooms and limited parking.

Govenor Wentworth Highway, Route 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 Massachusetts Bay Colony signed their initials in 1652. Great place for boat-watching. Admission fee.

Route 3, Weirs Beach, overlooking the town docks, 603-436-1552

19 Mile Bay Beach

Tuftonboro. Swimming and picnicking. No fee. Portable toilets and parking. No lifeguard on duty.

Govenor Wentworth Highway, Route 109, Tuftonboro, 603-569-4539

20 Mile Bay Beach

Tuftonboro. Swimming and picnicking. No fee. No lifeguard on duty and limited parking.

Govenor Wentworth Highway, Route 109, Tuftonboro, 603-569-4539

Lake Opechee
Opechee Park Cove Beach & Opechee Point Beach

Laconia. Great family beach with no admission fee. Playground area. Quiet cove on Opechee Lake.

Route 106, N. Main Street, Laconia, 603-524-5046

New Hampshire State Parks
New Hampshire State Parks

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.

P.O. Box 1856, Concord, 03302, 603-271-3556 

Plummer Ledge Natural Area

Wentworth. Off Route 25, Wentworth. Site of glacial potholes.


Sculptured Rocks State Park

Groton. Geologically interesting glacial potholes. River gorge with observation bridge. Swimming, picnicking, hiking. Route 3A Hebron to North Shore Road. Follow signs from Hebron Village.


Lake Sunapee
Sunapee State Beach

Fishing, boating, swimming and picnicking on 4,085-acre Lake Sunapee. Ideal for family and group outings.

Route 103, Newbury, 603-763-5661

Newfound Lake
Wellington State Park

Bristol. 204-acre park with a 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 Road, Bristol, 603-744-2197

White Lake
White Lake State Park

Tamworth Popular campground with 200 tent sites. Showers, store, beach, canoe rentals, trails and fishing. May through October. $14 to $20/site.

For reservations, call 603-271-3627
Route 16, Tamworth, 603-323-7350

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