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Get into the water and a summer state of mind at these NH ski areas!

Fly Fishing in the White Mountains

Experience fly fishing in one of New Hampshire's most scenic and pristine fly fishing destinations. Try your hand at angling the Ammonoosuc River or any of a number of local rivers and streams, take a casting lesson or indulge in a guided river adventure. New Hampshire fishing licenses are required for fishing off property and may be purchased online before your visit or the Activities Concierge, located in the Great Hall of the Omni Mount Washington Hotel, can assist you in obtaining one. For more information, please call the Adventure Center at 603-278-3320. Guided instruction and guided trips are available upon request.

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Echo Lake Beach & Boat Rentals

At Echo Lake Beach visitors will enjoy a beautiful 39-acre lake with an excellent view of Cannon Mountain ski area and Franconia Notch. Rent Kayaks or Pedal Boats from the Lakeside Genral Store and explore the lake or bask in the sun on the sandy beach. 

2024 Day Use Rates
Reservations will be available beginning early May

Adults (ages 12+): $4.00
Children (ages 6-11): $2.00
Children 5 & under: FREE

SUMMER HOURS (weather permitting)
Beach is CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC from 6pm - 9am.

May 24 - June 9
Open Fridays - Sundays 10am - 5pm
General Store open Fridays - Sundays 10am - 5pm
Boat Rentals Fridays - Sundays 10am - 5pm, Last boat rentals go out at 4pm

June 14 - September 2
Beach is open daily 9am - 6pm
General Store open daily 9am - 6pm
Boat Rentals open daily 9am - 6pm, Last boat rentals go out at 5pm.

September 6 - October 14
Open Fridays - Sundays 9am - 5pm
General Store open Fridays - Sundays 9am - 5pm
Boat Rentals Fridays - Sundays 9am - 5pm, Last boat rentals go out at 4pm

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Great Glen Kayak

Flatwater or whitewater… let us be your guide! Our kayaking trips are designed to introduce your entire family to the watersheds and lakes of northern New Hampshire. Even if you’ve never been in a kayak before, we’ll have you exploring on your own by the end of your trip.

Looking to see nature up close and personal? Our river trips are known for their moose, eagle, and osprey sightings.

Whether it’s a leisurely river trip on the Androscoggin below Gorham or a pulse-pounding whitewater experience on the Androscoggin Watershed in Errol, our trained instructors will treat you to a great day on the water.

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Fishing

Gunstock Mountain Resort's 3-acre pond is regularly stocked by NH Fish and Game throughout the spring and summer.

The pond is currently stocked with both brook and rainbow trout. Keep an eye on our Events Calendar for upcoming fishing derbies hosted by Gilford Fire Department and the Laconia Rod and Gun club. 

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Purity Spring Fishing

Go fishing! You'll find plenty of pickerel and smallmouth bass to catch and release and enough panfish, perch, and sunfish to keep all ages involved.

Please bring your own fishing rod and tackle. NH licenses for those 16 years of age and over can be purchased online.

Please fish away from docks, swim areas, and beaches.

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Purity Lake

In the summer, King Pine Ski Area and Purity Spring Resort offer classic lake life summer vacation traditions include waterskiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, swimming in Purity Lake, and daily organized family activities for guests, plus weekly lobster bakes and breakfast cookouts that are open to the public.

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Purity Spring Fishing

Go fishing! You'll find plenty of pickerel and smallmouth bass to catch and release and enough panfish, perch, and sunfish to keep all ages involved.

Please bring your own fishing rod and tackle. NH licenses for those 16 years of age and over can be purchased online.

Please fish away from docks, swim areas, and beaches.

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Purity Lake

In the summer, King Pine Ski Area and Purity Spring Resort offer classic lake life summer vacation traditions include waterskiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, swimming in Purity Lake, and daily organized family activities for guests, plus weekly lobster bakes and breakfast cookouts that are open to the public.

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Waterfalls & Swimming Holes

There's no shortage of alpine brooks, mountain-fed streams, and roaring rivers here in the Valley. And when summer arrives and the snow melts, it becomes clear why Waterville Valley got its name. The Valley is home to a plethora of exquisite waterfalls, from punchbowls to cascades.

You can access the Valley's waterfalls through easy hikes, with the option of taking Snow's Mountain scenic chairlift to shorten your hike. Take a mid-hike dip in the invigorating glacial waters, or enjoy the thrill of cliff-jumping. Or simply take in the clear mountain air while enjoying the serenity of the babbling waterfalls.

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Fishing in Waterville Valley

Those looking to cast their line will not be disappointed by Waterville Valley’s fishing locales. Corcoran’s Pond is stocked with fish at the beginning of the summer season, making it a popular fishing spot among visitors and locals alike. 

The Mad River is home to rainbow trout, offering fly fishing opportunities for the whole family. 

Nestled in the notch between Mount Osceola and Mount Kancamagus sits Greeley Ponds – the headwaters of the Mad River. Greeley Ponds is only accessible via hiking or biking and is stocked with eastern brook trout. This pond offers a nice beach and views of the cliffs of Mount Osceola.

*A fishing license is required for those 16 and older

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Boating at Waterville Valley

Right next to Town Square you'll find the mountain stream-fed Corcoran Pond. At Corcoran Pond waterfront you’ll find a fleet of over 20 kayaks, pedal boats, canoes and Stand Up Paddle Boards are available for rent at the Town Square dock.

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