What to do in Ellacoya State Beach

Located on the southwest shore of New Hampshire's largest lake, Lake Winnipesaukee, sits the 65 acre park which offers recreational enjoyed from mid-May to mid-October. This is a day-use and overnight state park.

The 600-foot long sandy beach, with views across the lake to the Sandwich and Ossipee Mountains, is a great place to spend with the family for a full day of swimming and picnicking. An accessible bathhouse, with a changing area for swimmers is located near the swimming area and a small park store offers refreshments for sale. An area to launch small boats, such as those carried on car rooftops and canoes are located to the side of the beach area.

Camping with RV full hookups, a sandy swimming beach with bathhouse and shady picnic grove are offered daily from mid-June to Labor Day, weekends are offered beginning in mid-May. The day-use fee is $2.50 with children 12 years and under free. Camping is $30 per site. No tents nor pets permitted.

From Laconia, travel north along US 3 / SR 11. When the road forks, continue along SR 11 heading east. From this point, travel approximately 3 miles to reach the state park.

Winter can be cold with average temperatures ranging around 19 degrees Fahrenheit. The cold temperatures humidity bring heavy, water-laden snow to all parts of the state. Spring begins in mid-March and lasts through May. This time of the year is referred to as mud season in the mountains. The sugar is flowing early in the season and wild flowers bloom toward the end of it. Summer is the busiest season of the year for the tourism industry. This is an excellent time to travel, mountain roads are open and most of the mud has dried. Average summer temperatures range around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Fall brings the leaf lookers to see the spectacular colors of the deciduous trees. Expect to see bus loads of people enjoying the crisp fall New England weather.

c/o NH Division of Parks & Recreation
P.O. Box 1856, 172 Pembroke Rd
Concord, NH 03302

Phone: 603-293-7821

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