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Ellacoya State Park


280 Scenic Drive, Gilford, NH 03249

Hours and Fees

Day Times
Today's Hours
Beach - Open weekends 5/11, full-time 5/18
Campground - Open 5/101
Park Office: 603-293-7821

Day Use Fees:

Adults: 12+yrs: $5.00
Children: 6-11yrs: $2.00
Children under 5yrs: $0.00
NH Residents age 65 and over with valid NH license: $0.00

When park is unstaffed during the season, please deposit payment in Iron Ranger (self-serve paystation). Checks can be made payable to Treasurer, State of NH. Season Passes are available

Park Operating Schedules

This park is always open for recreation unless closed or restricted by posting.

Off season use: During off hours and the off-season the park is typically not staffed, comfort stations are not available and gates may be closed. The off-season poses unique risks inherent when participating in outdoor recreational activities. 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

Boat Ramp Fishing Restrooms Swimming Picnic Area Picnic Pavillion Playground Showers Dump Stations Park Store RV Hookups
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Park pavilion Park pavilion
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Ellacoya State Park Sign Ellacoya State Park Sign

Check Beach Advisories Here

About the Park

Ellacoya State Park is located in Gilford on the southwest shore of Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire's largest lake. The 600-foot long sandy beach, with views across the lake to the Sandwich and Ossipee mountains, is a great place to spend with the family for a full day of swimming and picnicking. The RV Campground includes 37 sites available by reservation only, and offers three-way hook-ups. View Campground Map


Busy beach Busy beach
Busy beach Busy beach

Day Use Reservations at Ellacoya State Park

Visitors can make a reservation before arriving at the park as parking is limited (especially on nice weekends and holidays). Walk-in spaces are available for visitors on a first come/first-serve basis. Reservations can be made up to 30 days prior to arrival.
RV in park RV in park
RV in park RV in park

RV Reservations at Ellacoya State Park

The RV Campground includes 37 sites available by reservation only, and offers three-way hook-ups. The campground is open for reservable stays from April 30 through Columbus Day weekend. The rate per a night is $60 per rig (water/electric/sewer hookups). Tents are not allowed at the RV park.

Ellacoya RV Campground Map, Information & Policies

Are pets allowed at Ellacoya State Park?

Pets are not permitted in the park. See the NH State Parks Pets Policy for more information.

Group Use Reservations


For information on this parks pavilion rental please visit Pavilions & Group Use page.

Youth Group Day Use

Youth and School Groups must call the park directly at least 2 weeks prior to arrival to make reservations before visiting. The Bus Pass Program is available for NH youth organizations that meet the program criteria (for more information and applications, please visit BUS PASS PROGRAM.)
 Groups that do not meet the qualification for the Bus Pass Program are eligible to receive a discounted rate. For More information, please visit our School & Youth Group Page.


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.

Dump Station is for use by registered campers only.
Outside use is not permitted. See campground map for dump station location.


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.

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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