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. 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. 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 parks 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 is open from sunrise to sunset. It offers two day-use picnic shelters, perfect for large parties or family functions. Flush toilets, drinking water, picnic tables and grills are provided. A swim beach, playground, horseshoe pits and volleyball court offer additional recreation opportunities. Nearby Attractions: Educational programs are offered by park rangers, and the nearby ranger station contains interpretive exhibits.
We happened across this gem last year. this place has it all. There is a loop that circles the whole reservoir. One side of the loop is an easy driving path but the other is on the moderate side of easy with rocks and roots to navigate. Be careful with your dogs as there is a short distance you have to walk on a road to complete the loop. The reservoir is sizable with amazing wildlife; perfect for kayaking or SUP’ing. There are also day use areas even available to rent for a party. Also swimming in the rservoir is allowed. highly reccomend.