Pawtuckaway State Park

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7 Pawtuckaway Road
Nottingham, NH 03290
Phone: 603-895-3031

Activities and Amenities


Pawtuckaway State Park offers a variety of landscapes, with something to do and see for everyone. The park includes a large family beach on the lake. There are many opportunities for hiking, with trails leading to many special points of interest, including a mountaintop fire tower; an extensive marsh where beavers, deer, and great blue herons may be seen, and a geologically unique field where large boulders called glacial erratics were deposited when glacial ice melted near the end of the Ice Age. 
Pawtuckaway Trail Map
Pawtuckaway Trail Information

In the case that those with pre-paid or discounted access choose not to purchase a day use pass or parking pass reservation, we will be setting aside a limited number of parking spaces for pre-paid and discounted access based upon historical use while we work to update our reservation system to accommodate these visitors.

Pawtuckaway Now Requires Day-Use Hiking & Beach Reservations

When planning a visit, guests can purchase day use reservation tickets up until 5 p.m. Please plan ahead in the event the parking areas reach capacity.

Parks License Plates, Season Passes and Discounts: Visitors with pre-paid or discounted access to a NH State Park are also encouraged to purchase a day use pass or parking pass reservation.

Pre-paid and discounted access includes: the State Park License Plate, Seasons Passes, New Hampshire Seniors, New Hampshire Seniors, New Hampshire National Guard, New Hampshire Disabled Veterans, and Active Military.

*There is a $1 non-refundable online transaction fee.

If the tollbooth is unstaffed during the week: please email for your reimbursement.

Operating Schedule

Please Note: Dates and times are weather dependent and subject to change without notice.  For up to date hours, please call the park directly.  The park is always open for recreation unless otherwise posted.  During off hours and the off-season the park is typically not staffed, comfort stations are not available and gates may be closed.  The iron ranger is available in the front of the office to accept required fees and any donations, when the park is not staffed.

Fee Part Time Full Time Operating Hours Unstaffed
Adults: $5
Children (6-11): $2
  6/4/2020 8 a.m. to sunset TBD

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


Admission is $5 for adults; $2 for children ages 6-11; children ages 5 and under, NH residents ages 65 and older with a valid ID are admitted for free; season passes are also available.  When the park is unstaffed during the off-season, donations are accepted through the day-use iron ranger.

Boat Rentals - We are currently doing only day rentals for $65 per day with limited availability. We would also like to suggest that visitors bring their own lifejacket.

Boat Rentals Per Hour Half Day Full Day Two Day
Tandem Kayaks, Canoes,
& Paddleboards
N/A N/A $65 N/A
Single Kayaks N/A N/A $65 N/A
Kids Kayaks N/A N/A $65 N/A

Beach Advisories

For listings of current advisories, please visit the State of New Hampshire, Department of Environmental Services Beach Advisories website page.

Alcohol is prohibited at the Pawtuckaway State Park Beach Area

Beach Policy: The Pawtuckaway State Park beach area often reaches capacity in the morning hours on weekends and holidays and once it reaches capacity the beach will be closed to additional visitors to ensure the safety of our visitors. A list of New Hampshire State Park swimming locations is posted here; Kingston State Park and Bear Brook State Park are both approximately a half-hour from Pawtuckaway State Park.

Camping at Pawtuckaway State Park

Pawtuckaway State Park Campground lines the shore of beautiful Pawtuckaway Lake.  The 192 sites are wooded and many provide views of the lake.  Each campsite has an open fire ring, picnic table, flat areas for a tent, and a parking space. The bathhouses are equipped with running water, flush toilets, and 24 hour showers.  There are no hook-ups at any of the campsites. The park also has a camp store where canoe and kayak rentals are available, as well as a public canoe and kayak launch. Five cabins are available; each sleeps six people, has electricity, and includes a fire ring and picnic table. Pets are not allowed in the campground or beach area of the park. Reservations made be made online through ReserveAmerica or by calling ReserveAmerica at 1-877-647-2757. Reservations for organized groups camping are required and should be made by calling ReserveAmerica at 1-877-647-2757. 

RV Campground Schedule:

Pre-Season Full-Time Closed for the Season Office Hours Camping Rate Per Night
N/A 6/4 October 25, 2020 8 a.m. to sunset

Requirements for out of state visitors

Visitors residing outside of the New england states who arestaying at a NH State park campground are required to sign and attest that they have quarantined 14 days prior to thier arrival at the campground. During the 14 days quarantine before arriving in New Hampshire the visitor(s) must remain at home except for going out for essential items or outdoor exercise and when outside of the home maintained social distancing and wore cloth face coverings/masks consistent with CDC guidelines when within 6 feet of another. ATTESTATION OF 14-DAY QUARANTINE REQUIREMENT

Pawtuckaway Campground Map /  Pawtuckaway Campground Information/Policies

Camping at Pawtuckaway State Park dates are to be determined.

Fees for campsites cover two adults and are $25 on Big Island inland sites and $30 on all other sites. There is a $10 fee per night for each extra adult, this fee will be paid at the park upon check-in. Campsites are limited to 4 adults, except on designated family campsites and in the cabins. Cabins are $65 per night.
Onsite check-in is required at Office during the Main Season, which runs from the Friday before Memorial Day to in May through Labor Day in September, and at other times when the park is staffed. 
Office Hours:

Before Memorial Day
(May 2nd  - May 25th)

Friday 9am-9pm
Saturday 9am-8pm
Sunday 9am-7pm

Main Season Sunday-Thursday 8:30am-8pm
Friday-Saturday 8:30am-9pm

After Labor Day
(Sept 1st - Sept 30th)

Monday-Thursday 8:30am-6pm
Friday 8:30am-9pm
Saturday 8:30am-8pm
Sunday 8:30am-7pm
October Hours Sunday-Thursday 9am-5pm
Friday-Saturday 8:30am-8pm

The main operating season for the campground is Memorial Day to Columbus Day. Outside of the main camping season, (early spring and late fall) Staffing, services, and facilities may be limited during this time. Please use iron ranger (self-service pay station) to make payment.

*Cabins: Weekly reservations are from Saturday to Saturday check with the campground office for walk-in options. The fee covers one to six people, with a maximum of six people per yurt/cabin.

Discover the Power of Parks Programming

Interpretive, nature-based programs will be offered at Pawtuckaway State Park all summer long as part of the Discover Power of Parks. Programs will be presented by our SCA Interpretive Rangers in the park each week. Check out the Pawtuckaway program schedule for more information. All programs are free with paid park admission. No pre-registration is required.

Planning an Outing?

Pawtuckaway State Park is a great location to hold a family reunion, corporate outing, wedding, and more. For more information, check out our Outings in State Parks page and see a complete listing and photos of all our State Park Pavilions and Group Use Areas

Are pets allowed at Pawtuckaway State Park?

Pets are welcome on the hiking trails through Reservation Road and Round Pond Road only. Pets are NOT permitted through the main gate and into the campground or beach area during the peak season (Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day weekend). They are welcome through the main gate for hiking and camping before Memorial Day weekend in May and after Columbus Day weekend in October. Pets are not allowed at the beach or picnic areas. 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.

Beach Advisories

For listings of current advisories, please visit the State of New Hampshire, Department of Environmental Services Beach Advisories website page.

Access for Persons with Disabilities

Please contact the park office directly for information regarding disability access needs.

Forest Management at the Park

A forest management operation was conducted at the park this winter by the Division of Forests and Lands and is part of the routine and ongoing forest management and wildlife habitat management that occurs on nearly all State Forests and State Parks. The project went through an extensive review process and a detailed planning report was prepared. Management objectives include; create small groups and openings to develop regeneration within treatment area. Favor the establishment of white pine regeneration in the openings, and in the remaining areas focus on the release of quality sawlog trees to improve mast, seed production and growth. Goals also include the protection of identified historical resources, maintain riparian management zones, and manage for specific wildlife features. In addition to the scheduled forest management, the Division of Parks and Recreation requested the removal of roadside vegetation. The roadside trees were shading the pavement and crowding the road causing limbs to brush the tops of delivery trucks and campers. The added sun on the road will keep it dry lessening maintenance and extending the life span of the asphalt. Over the next few years as additional forest management takes place roadway cutting may continue.

Additional Resources/Information

Pawtuckaway Trail Map
Pawtuckaway Trail Information
Pawtuckaway Campground Map
Visiting New Hampshire's Biodiversity: Pawtuckaway State Park
NEMBA's Places to Ride at Pawtuckaway State Park