MacDowell Reservoir, Peterborough

MacDowell Reservoir, Peterborough

Peterborough, New Hampshire 03458

Official Website
MacDowell Reservoir map

About this Location

The park offers 1,194 acres of land and water for fun, relaxation, and enjoyment of nature. Facilities include picnic tables and grills, horseshoe pits, a swimming beach (no lifeguards, swim at your own risk), hiking trails, a boat ramp, and two picnic shelters which can be reserved in advance for a fee (unreserved shelters are available for use on a first-come, first-served basis during the recreation season).

Many of the facilities at the lake are accessible to persons with disabilities. Edward MacDowell Lake is open during daylight hours only.

You are invited to hike, snowshoe, or cross-country ski on trails that wander through woodlands and wetlands surrounding the lake. The many diverse habitats offer exciting opportunities to view wildlife and the scenic beauty of nature. Bring your binoculars, cameras, and camcorders for some spectacular sites and scenery.

The lake attracts many people both recreationists and naturalists to explore the waterways by canoe or by kayak. Fishermen with small electric-powered boats enjoy fishing for largemouth bass, pickerel, perch, and horned pout. Access to the water is available by using the boat launch located in the back area of the reservoir.

The public is welcome to enjoy hunting and fishing in accordance with state and local laws. A wide variety of game species including deer, red fox, raccoon, pheasant, grouse, and waterfowl can be found at Edward MacDowell Lake. Largemouth bass, pickerel, and yellow perch put challenge anglers. Trapping is permitted through the State of New Hampshire’s trapping permit lottery system.

Please note we require that all pets are leashed and in control at all times and that the users carry out what they carry into the park.

Notable Trails

The AllTrails website has a description and map of a hike at MacDowell Reservoir.

Content from Official Website