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Address: Route 11, Scenic Drive, Gilford, NH 03246
Phone Number: 603-293-7821
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Description: This park includes a beach for swimming on Lake Winnipesaukee.

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Day at Ellacoya - we'll be back

We took our grandsons here recently. If you are a NH resident and visit Any of the State Parks with frequency, we highly recommend a State Park License Plate for your vehicle. It... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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Dover, New Hampshire
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Dover, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We took our grandsons here recently. If you are a NH resident and visit Any of the State Parks with frequency, we highly recommend a State Park License Plate for your vehicle. It allows free entrance into many of NHs beautiful parks! Parking is shaded in many areas of the Ellacoya parking area, which is a bonus. This has a... More 

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Asbury Park, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Was here for Ironman Timberman, and came here day before and after with family. The lake is absolutely beautiful and the park is very well kept!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

My 6 year daughter love this place , the lake is shallow , perfect for the kids to play,they have grills and picnic tables. You're allowed to bring your own small grill, gas or charcoal , clean bathrooms. And little convenience store , they sell pizza and snacks .

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new hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

If your looking for a very nice public beach on the "big lake", then look no farther. Lifeguards are on site, it's a state park so it's very inexpensive for families, bathrooms and snacks are available. To me the view of the mountains and lake make it a great place to visit. It does get crowded so you do have... More 

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NH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

We usually head to the ocean but decided to try Ellacoya on a friend's recommendation. Turned out to be a great place for our six year old and the rest of us! The water is shallow and clear, wonderful views to the Ossippee and Sandwich mountains. Lots of shady picnic tables close to the beach. Quick walk from the parking... More 

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

On Lake Winnipesaukee -Great family park - picnic, swim, enjoy the beach or grassy areas. Life guards in season (late June - Labor Day). Gradual incline into waters... restrooms/changing area/toilet facilities.

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North Dartmouth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Stopped by here after zip lining at Gunstock Mountain. Warm May day and the beach was awesome even though the water was chilly. Caught a bunch of broke trout in the river running thru the park

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Alton Bay, New Hampshire, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I was there in September, so the crowds were gone. Very few people on the beach. The adjoining RV Park wasn't very crowded at that time. So, my sister and I enjoyed a lovely day at Ellacoya. Very quaint. Calm waters. Great for wading and floating.

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campton, NH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

This is the best public beach on Winnipesaukee . It is very shallow, clean and even has a small sandbar. There is a shop for typical beach items and foods. Swings, slides, volleyball pit and charcoal grills. Easily spend the whole day here if you've got kids. There is a small parking fee that helps maintain the park.

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Gilford, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Ellacoya State Park is a great public camping area directly on the water. There on no other public camping areas that I know with access to the Big Lake.

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