Discover the Best of the East Coast at Franconia Notch State Park in New Hampshire – A Lakeside Adventure

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Water activities

If you’re traveling from afar but want to participate in water activities like kayaking, paddle boarding, and canoeing, you can simply head to the State Park’s Rental Store that’s located right on the beachfront. Rates are $20 per hour for kayaks and canoes and $30 per hour for paddle boards. Just make sure you have your driver’s license or other form of ID if you intend to rent; they hold IDs per group while you’re using their equipment. Boat rentals are available between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. May through early June as well as September and October. They’re available between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. from mid June through August.

If you’re a fan of fishing, Echo Lake is the perfect spot for you. Bring your fishing pole and be prepared to reel in a catch. The lake is an especially popular spot for catching trout. Before you go, make sure you obtain a permit. You can choose from a variety of options that range from a single day to an entire season.

Hiking and camping

Woman looking over a lake

Since you’re in the middle of a state park when you’re at Lake Echo, you have a plethora of other activities you can do in addition to having fun at the lake. If you’re interested in hiking, you’ve got plenty of trails to choose from. The same goes if you prefer to bike.

If you want to make your lake day into a weekend, or maybe even a week, you can camp. There’s the Lafayette Place campground for those wanting to use a tent. Rates are $25 per night. If you want to stay in an RV, you can head to Cannon Mountain RV Park. Rates are $40 per night for peak season and $25 per night for off season. You can book your campsite ahead of time or try your luck with capturing a first-come-first-served spot for either of the campgrounds.

Overall, Franconia Notch State Park and the beautiful Echo Lake are ideal escapes into nature. Connect with the great outdoors and reconnect with yourself in these wondrous spaces.

Dave Pennells

By Dave Pennells

Dave Pennells, MS, has contributed his expertise as a career consultant and training specialist across various fields for over 15 years. At City University of Seattle, he offers personal career counseling and conducts workshops focused on practical job search techniques, resume creation, and interview skills. With a Master of Science in Counseling, Pennells specializes in career consulting, conducting career assessments, guiding career transitions, and providing outplacement services. Her professional experience spans multiple sectors, including banking, retail, airlines, non-profit organizations, and the aerospace industry. Additionally, since 2001, he has been actively involved with the Career Development Association of Australia.