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Description - Pawtuckaway State Park offers 5,500 acres for camping, exploring the many multi-use trails, picnicking lakeside, fishing, swimming and boating. The park sits on the shores of the 803-acre Pawtuckaway Lake which is great for wildlife viewing. Snowmobiling and cross-country skiing are enjoyed during the winter months.

Attractions - Pawtuckaway's 5,500 acres offer a variety of opportunities for hiking and mountain biking. Trails wind through an oak and hemlock forest on what used to be pasture land bounded by stone walls. A hike to South Peak leads through a large boulder field with some rocks as tall as thirty feet. An extensive wetland in the park provides great opportunities for viewing wildlife such as beavers, great blue herons, turtles, waterfowl and a variety of song birds. A lucky visitor may even catch a glimpse of a deer or moose.

Recreation - Pawtuckaway State Park offers camping, swimming, hiking, fishing, boating, mountain biking, picnicking, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. The large 803-acre Pawtuckaway Lake is the center attraction. Day-use fees are $2.50, children 12 & under free. Camping fees range from $16 to $22 per site. There is also a boat launch which charges $5.00 car top boats and $8.00 car and trailers units. Other amenities include a camp store, ball field, playground, bathhouse, picnic shelters, canoe and row boat rentals and showers. The park is open from mid-May to mid-October with facilities varying per season.

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 - Pawtuckaway State Park is located off SR 156 southwest of Nottingham, New Hampshire.

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Filed By: pam decoste (northfield, NH)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: stayed at big island overlooking the water. convenient + clean bathrooms, water for cleaning dishes. showers for 50 cents!! quiet except for the group of rowdy teens they hire to work there. about 7 of them pull up in pick up trucks and proceed to play catch and chase each other all around the road and bathroom area. for about 20 minutes. not a good idea to run out of beer since you'll drive forever looking for a store. yes-overpack because ther is plenty of room on your site to spread out! checked out horse island-dont recommend 3, 4, 5 and possibly 7 and 8-no privacy due to kids jumping off bridge and people fishing and people putting kyaks in water that are obviously NOT STAYING OVERNIGHT! the sign that says campers only beyond this point totally ignored by about 50 people but noone policing the area to prevent or deter this. it really puts a damper on those prime campsites. check store hours-they close kinda early! always plenty of ice. definitely going back!!

Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Our family went camping at Pawtuckaway State Park for Fourth of July weekend, and we had such a good time. We lose touch with nature because we live in a luxurious city apartment, and it was just a real pleasure to get back to basics with barbequeing outside, sleeping in our tent, going fishing, boating, roasting marshmallows and sitting by the campfire. And to be perfectly honest, we didn't miss the television, indoor cooking, air conditioning or electricity for that matter! My kids loved it! There's plenty of privacy; each campsite is separated by trees and "woods", very natural. There's a bath-house located conveinently close by to all campsites. It's inexpensive and everything is right there; the lake, boat launch, water front sites are avaiable for kayaking,and even a little lake store. There's even water spouts outside for washing dishes!

Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We camp here every year. We prefer the water front sites in the no wake zone so the kids can use the kayaks. We love to see the painted turtles and huge blue herons that let you coast right up to the rock they stand on (if you're quiet). Waking to the sound of loons is wonderful. Kayaking to the store for ice, or to the beach area is nice. Very peaceful camping. Lots are divided by trees and plant life. We pick blueberries for our pancakes. There is nothing to dislike here. Enjoy.

Filed By: Mark Ellis (Exeter, NH)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Went for a day of Kayaking and had a fantastic time. Easily asscesible and loads of fun. found an island for lunch and a little store right on the water for additional food and drink. Loved it. Will be back, Thank You

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Contact Information:
Pawtuckaway State Park, c/o NH Division of Parks & Recreation, P.O. Box 1856, 172 Pembroke Rd , Concord, NH, 03302, Phone: 603-895-3031, Fax: 603-271-2629

Additional Information:
Merrimack Valley Travel Region - Merrimack Valley is the seat of New Hampshire's state government. Philanthropy and volunteerism run deep in this part of the country. State legislators are paid a mere $100 a year and volunteerism is 4 times higher than any other area in the country.
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.

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