What to do in Wadleigh State Beach

Forty-three acres on the shores of Kezar Lake provide a peaceful park for families and large groups who enjoy swimming, fishing and picnicking among tall pines and open meadows.

Wadleigh State Beach rests on the shores of the 182-acre Kezar Lake that supports a thriving population of game fishing including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, pickerel, horned pout, brown trout and rainbow trout. Open playing fields and shady picnic groves and a bathhouse attract small and large groups alike. The park is open weekends from mid-May to mid-June and daily from mid-June to Labor Day.

This park is nestled in a recreation-rich region midway between Mount Kearsarge State Forest and Sunapee Lake. Nearby attractions abound for every taste and age. An abbreviated list includes The Fells State Historic Site, Hay Forestry and Conservation Property, John Hay National Wildlife Refuge, Stoney Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Country Club of New Hampshire, Kearsarge Wildlife Management Area, Chadwick Meadows Marsh Wildlife Management Area, Cascade Marsh Wildlife Management Area, King Ridge Resort, Rollins State Park and countless mountain hikes and both coldwater and warmwater fishing opportunities.

Wadleigh State Beach is a day use area featuring swimming, fishing and picnicking along with playfields for atheletics.

The park is located off SR 114 in North Sutton.

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: 603-927-4724

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