Ellacoya State Park – NH State Parks

Ellacoya State Park in Gilford, NH, is a nice campground on Lake Winnipesaukee with 37 good-sized, flat, grassy sites with full hookups and picnic tables. There are pull-thru sites with trees and others without – your choice. If the kids are suffering from a lack of the Disney TV Channel while on vacation, there is cable TV. We camped there for several days in 2011 in our Coleman Travel Trailer.

The swimming here is especially great for children because you can walk a long way out before the water even gets to your waist. And, because it is shallow, the water is warm.

If you have a boat, there is a boat ramp next to the campground. There are no individual site fire rings, only a communal one, which is kind of a bummer if you enjoy nightly fires like we do. Washer and dryers and clean restrooms can be found in the bath house.

And, what can one say about the view – water and mountains – it’s all there and it is just breathtaking. You have a wonderful view from the campground, but you can get up close and personal by utilizing some of the picnic tables down by the water or taking your own chairs down there.

There are college-age rangers on duty during the day but not at night. The quiet hours are left up to the individual camping families. And, as with everything else in life, that was a wide range of interpretations but nothing that would keep us from going back.

If you don’t camp but want to enjoy the water and the beautiful views, there is a nice, clean public area where you can park and spend the day on the beach.

A small store is located at the public beach area.  You can walk there from the campground by way of a wooden bridge. And, on your way you can enjoy the brook and ducks, and in season there are wild blackberries for the picking. The picture at the top of this blog is the grandkids at Ellacoya.

Ten minutes away, you will find Laconia, NH, where you can pick up forgotten items, eat out or find some fun family attractions.

Laconia Motorcycle Bike Week is June 9-17, 2012. If you love bikes, this could be the week for you, but if you aren’t a big fan then keep those dates in mind.

The beautiful White Mountain area is only an hour away where you can find so many attractions your biggest problem may be finding the time to check them all out.

This is a wonderful place if you want a quiet camping area on Lake Winnipesaukee.  We have our reservations for summer 2012 and are really looking forward to it.

Grandchildren’s Camping Review:

Grandson (6) – I think it is very good, and it has a great place to swim.

Granddaughter (11) – I think it is good for swimming.  But I wish they had individual fire rings.

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About Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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