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Surry Mountain Lake

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Phone: 603-352-2447

Location: From Keene, 6 miles North on NH 12A, Keene

Activities: Swimming, picnicking, boating, hiking trail, and fishing

Amenities: Picnic tables with grills

Operation Schedule: Day-use

Acreage: 265 acres

Waterfront: Surry Mountain Lake

Number of Campsites: None

Pets: Pets are NOT permitted in this park.

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The park offers fun for everyone year round. Activities include swimming, sunbathing, picnicking, canoeing, horseshoes and volleyball. The park boasts a 600-foot long sandy beach, boat ramp and picnic tables with grills. Winter visitors enjoy X-country skiing, ice fishing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. Hunting and fishing are permitted. The park has over 1600 acres of land with a 265-acre lake and offers the hunter, angler, photographer and bird watcher numerous opportunities. NH Fish & Game stocks trout upstream of the lake, and releases pheasants in the fall.

Two large shelters (seating about 100 each) and one small shelter are available for family reunions, wedding receptions, or corporate outings and may be reserved for a fee. During the summer season, electricity is available and all are served by nearby flush toilets.

In season, park rangers offer special interpretive programs on natural resources, water safety and flood control and occasionally other topics.

Otter Brook Lake

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Phone: 603-352-4130

Location: From Keene, East 2 miles on NH 9 to recreation area,


Activities & Amenities: Summer season the park offers dozens of picnic tables and over 50 fireplace grills, group shelters, a ball field, potable water and sanitary facilities. Swimming opportunities include a 400-foot-long beach with a change house. Boating is available via a boat ramp for canoes, rowboats, sailboats, and boats with electric motors. Gas-powered motors are welcome to 10HP: larger motors may be conditionally used by permit, available from park rangers. Winter use includes snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, ice fishing and snowshoeing. Hunting and fishing are both permitted any season, subject to state laws and regulations.

There are no trash receptacles at Otter Brook Lake, it is a Carry-in Carry-out trash facility.

Operation Schedule: The park is staffed from Memorial Day - Labor Day 8am-8pm. but available year 'round to foot traffic.

Acreage: 70 acres

Waterfront: Otter Brook Lake

Number of Campsites: None

Pets: Pets are NOT permitted in the park during the open season.

Edward MacDowell Lake

Phone: 603-924-3431

Location: From Nashua, US 3 to Exit 7, West on NH 101A and 101 to Peterborough; follow signs to dam 4 miles West, Peterborough

Activities: Hiking, picknicking, fishing, equestrian trails, biking, boating

Amenities: Shower Facilities

Fee: None

Operation Schedule: Day-use only

Acreage: 1,198 acres

Waterfront: Edward MacDowell Lake

Number of Campsites: None

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Administered by the US Army Corps of Engineers, this facility is named after the famous composer and concert pianist, Edward Alexander MacDowell. In 1907 his wife, Marian, established the MacDowell Colony for artists.

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