Chocorua Lake, Tamworth

About this Location

The Chocorua Lake Conservancy provides public access to Chocorua Lake at two Conservancy-owned properties: a three-acre area known as “The Grove” by the bridge at the south end of the lake; and a seventeen-acre area known as “The Island” adjacent to Old NH-16 on the east side of the lake.

The Conservancy funds the daily Chocorua Lake Patrol from Memorial Day to Columbus Day to keep all public access areas free of trash.

Both The Grove and The Island offer seasonal toilet facilities. No trash receptacles are provided and we request that visitors “carry out what they carry in”. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

The Conservancy funds new plantings and annual maintenance projects in The Grove and The Island to maintain each public access area’s natural beauty, reduce erosion, and prevent sediment runoff into the lake.

The Conservancy built and maintains the historic wooden railings on the Narrows Bridge and maintains the dam below the Little Lake.

Since 2003, Conservancy volunteers have been cleaning up NH-16 when it adopted the two-mile stretch which starts at Heavenly Hill and runs north the length of the lake.

The Conservancy also maintains a Tamworth resident-only picnic and swimming area known as “Sandy Beach” with a separate entrance just north of the Island on the east side of the lake.

Swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing are popular recreation activities on Chocorua Lake. Many visitors picnic and swim in the Grove. There are narrow sandy beaches accessible from the Island area.

Outboard motors of any kind (including electric) are prohibited on Chocorua Lake by New Hampshire state law. Both the Grove and Island are “car top/carry-in access” areas; all boats must be hand-carried to the water. Canoes and kayaks can be launched from the Grove or Island areas. Boat trailers are not permitted to be backed into Chocorua Lake because of the risk of milfoil transmission. Campfires and cooking fires of any kind are prohibited in the Grove, the Island, or any other CLC-owned property.


  • Roadside viewing

  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

Content from Official Website

Last updated November 14, 2023