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Description - Located only several miles north of the Massachusetts state line in the Merrimack Valley Travel Region is the summer swimming destination, Silver Lake State Beach. The park encompasses 80 acres of land characterized largely by thin mixed woodland with an eastern boundary comprised of low-lying wetland.

Attractions - Silver Lake State Park offers summer swimming along a 1,000-foot sandy beach resting on the shores of the 34-acre Silver Lake. Picnic tables are lakeside under a partial natural canopy. Paddleboat rentals and bathhouse are among the few amenities. The park is open weekends from mid-May to mid-June and daily from mid-June to Labor Day. Playfields are also a popular summer draw. In addition to Silver Lake, numerous area creeks and ponds attract anglers year-round. A well-known brook trout source is Flints Brook, which is located just southeast of the park off SR 130.

Recreation - Silver Lake State Beach offers swimming, picnicking, and fishing as the primary activities.

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 - From Hollis, travel north on SR 122 about 1 mile.

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Filed By: Christina from Jersey
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: It doesn't seem to mention it here- or maybe i just haven't looked around the ste enough- but there are campgrounds on the ther side of the lake from where the beach is. The first time i stayed there was when i was, like, a year old in 1986. I've stayed there a number of times since then. The toughest part is schlepping all your stuff up a mountain to get to the sites, since they don't allow cars past a certain point. That doesn't bother me, though, because what the lack of cars does is amazing- everything is beautiful, the lake is indescribably clean. there's no oil in it anywhere. I don't usually see too many people around, maybe a fe people going to and from their campsites or hiking around . the sites are very private- almost to th point of seclusion. I don't believe there are any showers, but if you sweim in the lake enough- and, really, swimming a lot is the best part of camping- you don't really need to sower. unless you're going to be staying there for a longer amount of time. anything under a week and ou're fine. The bathrooms are outhouses that are very clean. This campsite is not for someone who wants to have planned activities. Like i said, there's a lake and there are woods. There's not much else to do, and if you want to do something else, you have tohike down a mountain to get to your car and leave. The hike is on a roade wide wnough for a car- state patrollers can use their cars on the road- so it's not an obnoxious hike where you can get lost. If you're not in the mood for a retreat to nature deal, don't go there, but if your' the type who likes roughing it, its' probably one of the best campgounds you'll ever see.

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Contact Information:
Silver Lake State Beach, c/o NH Division of Parks & Recreation, P.O. Box 1856, 172 Pembroke Rd , Concord, NH, 03302, Phone: 603-465-2342

Additional Information:
Central Vermont - Central Vermont is characterized by beautiful rolling green mountains, crystal clear lakes and rushing streams. Historical sites, museums, ski resorts, challenging multi-use trails, golf courses and more may be found in this picturesque New England region.
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.
Vermont State Parks and Forests - Vermont has over 50 state parks and over 2,200 campsites and shelters available for seasonal use. Most state parks permit cross-country skiing and several permit snowmobiling on designated routes. Vermont also offers over 35 state forests open for recreation use along with four rail trails and nearly a dozen historic sites.

New Hampshire State Parks - Official New Hampshire State Parks Website


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