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Description - The most hallowed feature of this state park is the 2,051-acre lake that is rests upon. The lake is a well known fishing spot supplying harvests of pickerel, salmon and three varieties of trout: brown, lake and rainbow. Pleasant shady camping and picnicking are also attractions.

Attractions - Lake Francis State Park encompasses 38 acres along the shores of the 2,051-acre Lake Francis. This northern New Hampshire campground and picnic facility is enjoyed mid-May through mid-December. The area attracts fishermen, hunters, winter sports enthusiasts, large game watchers and bird watchers.

Recreation - The main attraction at Lake Francis is the access to cold fishing waters. Fish that reside in the lake include pickerel and salmon along with brown, lake and rainbow trout. Camping and lakefront picnicking are also enjoyed. Moose watching has become a more popular recreation in recent years. A small visitor center and nature trail are located in the park.

Note: As you enter the park along River Road, you will pass through a lovely historic covered bridge. There are two more covered bridges in the area, both just south of US 3. One is on Hill-Danforth Road and the other is located at the west end of the lake on SR 145.

Climate - 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.

Location - Lake Francis State Park is located off US 3, 7 miles north of Pittsburgh. Turn right (south) onto River Road and travel about 1.5 miles to the park. There is a covered bridge midway between the park and US 3.

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Filed By: Jackie Forte (Framingham, MA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I go every year for at least a week. Everyone's friendly, good fishing, clean bathrooms and amazing showers! They even have a wash station for dishes. There's lots of local places to eat on rt. 3 - Halfway Cafe, Buckrub Pub, and Moose Alley Icecream to name a few. Best part is all the wildlife. Bring a camera.

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Contact Information:
Lake Francis State Park, c/o NH Division of Parks & Recreation, P.O. Box 1856, 172 Pembroke Rd , Concord, NH, 03302, Phone: 603-538-6965

Additional Information:
Great North Woods Travel Region - The Great North Woods Travel Region boasts having 97% of its land forested. Timber companies own sixty to seventy percent of the land, many of which allow recreation on their land.
New Hampshire Lakes - Each region of New Hampshire offers abundant opportunity for water sports. Saltwater, coldwater and warm water fishing opportunities abound. Paddlesports is a growth industry offering kayakers, canoeists and rafters hundreds of miles of recreational streams and rivers especially along the Merrimack River. Windsurfing and motorboating continue to hold the interest of the outdoor enthusiast in lakes such as Lake Winnipesaukee and Squam Lake.
New Hampshire State Parks - The state of New Hampshire has over 65 state park facilities ranging from historic sites and woodland picnic groves to beautiful sand beaches.
New Hampshire State Parks - The state of New Hampshire has over 65 state park facilities ranging from historic sites and woodland picnic groves to beautiful sand beaches. There is one National Park facility, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and one National Forest, White Mountains.

New Hampshire State Parks - Official New Hampshire State Parks Website


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