Edward Mac Dowell Lake Day Use Facilities

Peterborough, New Hampshire

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Overview

Edward MacDowell Lake is situated in a quiet corner of the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire.

This day-use area lies just off State Route 101 on the shores of the picturesque lake named after the famous composer and concert pianist, Edward Alexander MacDowell.

Recreation

Visitors can spend days kayaking and canoeing on the scenic lake, and a boat ramp is provided for easy lake access.

Fishing is also a popular activity. Largemouth bass, pickerel, perch and horned pout are all found in abundance.

Several hiking trails link up around the lake as well, including the West Ridge Trail, which runs along the entire western edge of the lake and up through the surrounding wetlands.

Younger visitors enjoy the park's Junior Ranger Program, which focuses on the surrounding forest, its wildlife and waterways and protecting the environment. Kids ages six through 12 become honorary park rangers upon completion and receive a patch and certificate.

Facilities

This year-round park offers two day-use picnic shelters, perfect for large parties or family functions. Flush toilets, drinking water, picnic tables and grills are provided. Summer hours 8am-8pm - Off season hours: sunrise to sunset. A swim beach, playground, horseshoe pits, car top boat launch and volleyball court offer additional recreation opportunities.

Natural Features

The 165-acre lake is surrounded by densely forested rolling hills. Shady pine, birch, poplar, maple, oak, beech, hemlock and alder trees cover the area.

Wildlife is abundant in and around the park. White-tailed deer, moose, beaver, fisher, muskrat, otter and many other mammals make their homes around the lake. Birders may observe many species including osprey, hawks, owls, great blue herons, woodpeckers, waterfowl and songbirds.

Nearby Attractions

Educational programs are offered by park rangers, and the nearby ranger station contains interpretive exhibits.

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