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266 Scenic Road
Gilford, NH 03246
Phone: 603-293-7821

Activities and Amenities


Ellacoya State Park is located in Gilford on the southwest shore of Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire’s largest lake. The 600-foot long sandy beach, with views across the lake to the Sandwich and Ossipee mountains, is a great place to spend with the family for a full day of swimming and picnicking. The RV Campground includes 37 sites available by reservation only, and offers three-way hook-ups.
Tents are not allowed at the RV park. Click here for Ellacoya State Park campground information.  

Beach Reservations

Book your trip to Ellacoya Beach: Visitors can make a reservation before arriving at the park as parking is limited (especially on nice weekends and holidays). Walk-in spaces are available for visitors on a first come/first-serve basis. Reservations can be made up to 30 days prior to arrival.


Parks Plate & Season Pass: There are desiganted spaces set aside for plate/pass holders on a first-come/first-serve basis. Reservations are still encouraged in the event a park reaches capacity (requiring a $1 transaction fee).

NH Senior Citizens: To receive a discount at our per person fee locations, enter the number of NH Senior Citizens in the vehicle/occupant information section of the order details page, rather than the number of adults.

Beach Schedule

Dates and times are weather dependent and subject to change without notice. For up to date hours, please call the park directly.

Fee Operating Hours
Adults: $5
Children (6-11): $2
Open:  5/13/22
9am-6pm (gates close at 7 p.m.)

This park is always open for recreation unless otherwise posted. During off hours and the off-season the park is typically not staffed, comfort stations are not available and gates may be closed. The off-season poses unique risks inherent when participating in outdoor recreational activities. Recreationists should possess the necessary knowledge, skill, and equipment to ensure their own safety. Users assume all risk while recreating in State Park lands.


Admission is $5 for adults; $2 for children ages 6-11; children ages 5 and under and NH residents age 65 and over are admitted free. Season passes are available. When park is unstaffed during the season, please use Iron Ranger (self-serve paystation).

RV Campground

The RV Campground includes 37 sites available by reservation only, and offers three-way hook-ups. The campground is open for reservable stays from April 30 through Columbus Day weekend. Tents are not allowed at the RV park.View Campground Map

Operating Dates Office Hours Camping Rate Per Night
Open May 13
Closed Oct. 31
Daily: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fri: til 9 p.m.
$47 per rig (water/electric/sewer hookups)


Planning an Outing?

Ellacoya State Park is a great location to hold a family reunion, corporate outing, wedding, and more. For more information, check out our Outings in State Parks page and see a complete listing and photos of all our State Park Pavilions and Group Use Areas.

Are pets allowed at Ellacoya State Park?

Pets are not permitted in the park. See the NH State Parks Pets Policy for more information.

Keep Your Parks Clean

Through the Carry-In/Carry-Out Program, you can help us keep your parks clean and beautiful by carrying out whatever you carry in. Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.

Beach Advisories

For listings of current advisories, please visit the State of New Hampshire, Department of Environmental Services Beach Advisories website page.

Access for Persons with Disabilities

Visit our Accessibility for All webpage at www.nhstateparks.org/news-events/accessibility. For more information on specific accessibilty needs or questions, please contact the individual park office directly.

Notice: Drone Use is Restricted
Drone use is restricted at all NH State Parks. Drone operators are not permitted to take off or land within NH State Park boundaries.





Google Reviews

588 reviews
  • Erica Richardson
    Erica Richardson
    7 months ago

    Beautiful place to take the family. Huge playground, clean bathrooms, well kept up paths, usable camping grills, small store, and of course and awesome waterfront! Relaxing way to spend the day with the family and have a BBQ or picnic.

  • Lisa
    5 months ago

    Beautiful place. We had a great day. Nice picnic area, nice big playground, little store and clean bathrooms.

  • Brianna Fithian
    Brianna Fithian
    5 months ago

    We love coming here! The beach is well maintained and the water is clear with a gorgeous view of the distant mountains. The ducks and seagulls are not shy at all and can be bothersome so just don't let them know you have food or they will harass you the entire visit lol.

  • Dhrumil
    7 months ago

    Nice and clean place. Water temperature are perfect from June end to Aug. It’s nice place to view sunset but sadly park closes at 6.

  • Daniel Negulici
    Daniel Negulici
    a year ago

    Beautiful location. We camped there for 3 nights in October and it was perfect. 30 amp full hook-ups and cable television is available. Verizon reception varies but it's good enough for streaming. Some camping sights are pull in which is strange for a trailer setup but they're always booked. The beach is very big and clean plus there us a boat launch for kayaks or small boats. If you can get a reservation here you will definitely enjoy your stay. 4 starts is for no 50 amp hook-ups but the nice lady at reception told me it's in the plans.

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