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Edward MacDowell Lake Day Use Facilities, NH

Edward MacDowell Lake is situated in a quiet corner of the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire. This day-use area lies just off State Route 101 on the shores of the picturesque lake named after the famous composer and concert pianist, Edward Alexander MacDowell.The 165-acre lake...
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  • No pets allowed on the beach
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Overview

Overview

Edward MacDowell Lake is situated in a quiet corner of the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire.

This day-use area lies just off State Route 101 on the shores of the picturesque lake named after the famous composer and concert pianist, Edward Alexander MacDowell.

Natural Features:

The 165-acre lake is surrounded by densely forested rolling hills. Shady pine, birch, poplar, maple, oak, beech, hemlock and alder trees cover the area.

Wildlife is abundant in and around the park. White-tailed deer, moose, beaver, fisher, muskrat, otter and many other mammals make their homes around the lake. Birders may observe many species including osprey, hawks, owls, great blue herons, woodpeckers, waterfowl and songbirds.

Recreation:

Visitors can spend days kayaking and canoeing on the scenic lake, and a boat ramp is provided for easy lake access.

Fishing is also a popular activity. Largemouth bass, pickerel, perch and horned pout are all found in abundance.

Several hiking trails link up around the lake as well, including the West Ridge Trail, which runs along the entire western edge of the lake and up through the surrounding wetlands.

Younger visitors enjoy the park's Junior Ranger Program, which focuses on the surrounding forest, its wildlife and waterways and protecting the environment. Kids ages six through 12 become honorary park rangers upon completion and receive a patch and certificate.

Facilities:

This year-round park is open from sunrise to sunset. It offers two day-use picnic shelters, perfect for large parties or family functions. Flush toilets, drinking water, picnic tables and grills are provided.

A swim beach, playground, horseshoe pits and volleyball court offer additional recreation opportunities.

Nearby Attractions:

Educational programs are offered by park rangers, and the nearby ranger station contains interpretive exhibits.

Booking Window
Sat Sep 20 2014 - Fri Sep 18 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

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Season Schedule

Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Trails
  • Beach
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Educational Programs
  • Emergency Services
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Kayaking
  • Parking Area
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Ranger Station
  • Swimming
  • Visitor Center
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Wildlife Viewing
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
General Season
Sep 18 2014 -
Sep 18 2015
GROUP SHELTER NONELECTRIC $20.00-$60.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
42.90028, -71.99238
42°54'1"N, 71°59'33"W

From Route 101 in Peterborough, take a right onto Union Street for 1/2-mile, then take a left onto Wilder Street and travel all the way to the end of the street.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Edward MacDowell Lake Day Use Facilities
75 WILDER STREET
PETERBOROUGH  NH  03458

Phone Number:

Information:  (603)924-3431