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7 Pawtuckaway Road
Nottingham, NH 03290
Phone: 603-895-3031

Activities and Amenities




Pawtuckaway State Park offers a variety of landscapes, with something to do and see for everyone. The park includes a large family beach on the lake. There are many opportunities for hiking, with trails leading to many special points of interest, including a mountaintop fire tower; an extensive marsh where beavers, deer, and great blue herons may be seen, and a geologically unique field where large boulders called glacial erratics were deposited when glacial ice melted near the end of the Ice Age.

CAMPER NOTICE: Camping will transition to a primitive season starting 10/18 due to weather conditions. At that time, campers will no longer have access to flush toilets or potable water. Pit toilets will remain available.

Make a Reservation

Book your trip to Pawtuckaway State Park: 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 (requires a $1 transaction fee).

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

Operating Schedule

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

Dates/Hours Fee
Open weekends only 3/19/2022 9 am – 5 pm
Open daily 5/6/2022 9 am – 5 pm
Adults: $5
Children (6-11): $2

The 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 iron ranger is available in the front of the office to accept required fees and any donations, when the park is not staffed.


Admission is $5 for adults; $2 for children ages 6-11; children ages 5 and under, NH residents ages 65 and older with a valid ID are admitted for free; season passes are also available.  When the park is unstaffed during the off-season, donations are accepted through the day-use iron ranger.

Boat Rentals Full Day
Tandem Kayaks, Canoes,
& Paddleboards
Single Kayaks $65
Kids Kayaks $65
*We are currently doing only day rentals for $65 per day with limited availability. We reccommend that visitors bring their own lifejackets as well.

Beach Advisories

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

Alcohol is prohibited at the Pawtuckaway State Park Beach Area

Beach Policy: The Pawtuckaway State Park beach area often reaches capacity in the morning hours on weekends and holidays and once it reaches capacity the beach will be closed to additional visitors to ensure the safety of our visitors. A list of New Hampshire State Park swimming locations is posted here; Kingston State Park and Bear Brook State Park are both approximately a half-hour from Pawtuckaway State Park.

Camping at Pawtuckaway State Park

Pawtuckaway State Park Campground lines the shore of beautiful Pawtuckaway Lake.  The 192 sites are wooded and many provide views of the lake.  Each campsite has an open fire ring, picnic table, flat areas for a tent, and a parking space. The bathhouses are equipped with running water, flush toilets, and 24 hour showers.  There are no hook-ups at any of the campsites. The park also has a camp store where canoe and kayak rentals are available, as well as a public canoe and kayak launch. Five cabins are available; each sleeps six people, has electricity, and includes a fire ring and picnic table. Pets are not allowed in the campground or beach area of the park. Reservations made be made online through ReserveAmerica or by calling ReserveAmerica at 1-877-647-2757. Reservations for organized groups camping are required and should be made by calling ReserveAmerica at 1-877-647-2757.


Campground Schedule: 

Campground Dates Office Hours Camping Rate Per Night
Primitive Camping: 4/8-5/5
Camping: 5/6
Primitive: $23/site
$25 – 30/site

Fees for campsites cover two adults and are $25 on Big Island inland sites and $30 on all other sites. There is a $10 fee per night for each extra adult, this fee will be paid at the park upon check-in. Campsites are limited to 4 adults, except on designated family campsites and in the cabins. Cabins are $65 per night.

Onsite check-in is required at Office during the Main Season, which runs from the Friday before Memorial Day to in May through Labor Day in September, and at other times when the park is staffed.

Are Pets Allowed at Pawtuckaway State Park?

Leashed pets are welcome on hiking trails only. Pets are NOT permitted in the campground or beach area during the summer season (May 1 – September 30). *Campers are only allowed to bring pets before May 1st and after September 30th. See the NH State Parks Pets Policy for more information.

Pavilion Rental

For information on this parks pavilion rental please visit NH State Parks : Welcome.

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.

Access for Persons with Disabilities

Visit our Accessibility for All webpage at 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 take off or land or within NH State Park boundaries.





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  • Daniel Gudzevich
    Daniel Gudzevich
    3 months ago

    Such a beautiful park & lake! Felt very safe camping on an island (no Bears!) And the fall colors were amazing. Can't wait for next season. Also great that they have hot water and dish wash stations. Great all around.

  • Colin Batchelder
    Colin Batchelder
    6 months ago

    We departed from the gravel Reservation Road lot. It's small and shady with few other cars, even on the weekend! The ridge climb was steep and engaging and quickly afforded views of the surrounding elevation. There were some biting flies but the wildlife was lovely. I witnessed many blue herons, frogs, turtles and fine craftsmanship by the beavers!!

  • Lee Dz
    Lee Dz
    6 months ago

    Great location, the beach area is very clean and has plenty of picnic tables, trees for the hammocks and grills. They also have clean restrooms as well. Theirs a little market across the beach that has basically everything you can possibly forget at home. You can also rent kayaks and canoes and explore the islands.

  • Robert Cushing
    Robert Cushing
    7 months ago

    Beautiful lake, campsites are on the large side with a lot of trees. Campsite never got muddy no matter how much it rained the first couple days. Bathrooms need updating but they are redoing one of them that will reopen in July.

  • Matthew Higgins
    Matthew Higgins
    5 months ago

    I had a work event there and it was great. We paddle boarded and used the canoe. All the staff was very friendly and the park was not that crowded. I love how many little islands are on this lake. It’s a great place to hang out with family and friends.

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