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Ahern State Park


43 Great Bay Lane, Laconia, NH 03246

Hours and Fees

The gate at Ahern is closed; however, the park is open and there is parking outside of the gate with approximately a 5 minute walk to the beach.

Please call Park Services for hours.

This park is always open for recreation unless closed or restricted by posting. The park is typically not staffed and comfort stations are not available. Due to the park being unstaffed, parking is available on a first come first serve basis.

Off season use: The off-season poses unique risks inherent when participating in outdoor recreational activities. Please be aware that many State Park areas and trails are not staffed during the off-season, and day-use fees are not collected. Recreationists should possess the necessary knowledge, skill, and equipment to ensure their own safety. Users assume all risk while recreating in State Park lands.

Activities and amenities

Fishing Canoeing Restrooms Mountain Biking Pet-friendly Snowmobiling Snowshoeing Walking Trails

About the Park


Ahern State Park spans 128 acres, with 3,500 feet of shoreline on Lake Winnisquam. The park was transferred to the state in November, 1994 as Governor's State Park, and renamed by statute in 1998.

Note: Camping is not permitted at Ahern State Park.

Ahern State Park Trail Map


Are pets allowed at Ahern State Park?

Pets are permitted in the park but only on the trails. They are not permitted on the beach. See the NH State Parks Pets Policy for more information.

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 page. For more information on specific accessibilty needs or questions, please contact the individual park office directly.


Additional Resources

NEMBA Central Chapter
Ahern State Park Trail Map

Drone use is restricted at all NH State Parks. Drone operators are not permitted to take off or land within NH State Park boundaries.​
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