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Ellacoya State Park

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

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Ellacoya State Park is to the south of White Mountain National Forest and includes a small beach and Lake Winnipesaukee - the largest largest body of water in New Hampshire. I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 14, 2015
New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

Ellacoya State Park is to the south of White Mountain National Forest and includes a small beach and Lake Winnipesaukee - the largest largest body of water in New Hampshire. I recommend a cruise on the lake too.

Thank Luvs2TravelAnywhere
Alton, nh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

We thoroughly enjoy Ellacoya State Park. The water and grounds are so clean always. We are seniors, so do not pay to get in, but the very low cost is well worth it if you do pay. We love the beautiful backdrop of mountains and sailboats, and often see the MS Mount Washington on it's travels around the lake. We... More 

Thank 290Norm
Worcester, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015 via mobile

Growing up a beach girl I was skeptical about going to "the beach" at a lake - even Winnipesaukee! I was pleasantly surprised. The mountain view was beautiful and the water was crystal clear. The grounds were clean as were the facilities. I would definitely visit again.

Thank hac19
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496 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

its was clean and not to many propel . spent an hour just taking it easy . nice break during a work week a ok

Thank thedipman
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 

Thank rolasu
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!

Thank RM1328
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 via mobile

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 .

1 Thank Scheila B
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 

1 Thank 2travelalot
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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 

Thank Keeniekins
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.

Thank Icewoman54

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