New Hampshire Boating & Public Access

Don't leave your boat at home! New Hampshire offers more than 400 public-access sites where you can launch a boat or fish from shore.  With 1,300 ponds and lakes all across New Hampshire, you can find the perfect natural pool for everything from waterskiing to canoeing and kayaking to escaping the world.  Marinas on our largest lake—Winnipesaukee—rent a variety of watermobiles, from Jet Skis to pontoon boats.  You can also rent a variety of different boats at many of our state parks. 

If you'd rather go boating without captaining your own vessel, you’ll find cruises in New Hampshire to suit every interest and budget. From deep-sea fishing charters to island sightseeing vessels, from whale-watch ships to throwback paddle wheelers, you'll see uninterrupted scenery and spy wildlife underwater, overhead, and ashore.

New Hampshire requires those who operate motorboats over 25 horsepower to be at least 16 years old and to hold a boating education certificate. (NASBLA-approved boating certificates issued by other states are acceptable.) The New Hampshire Department of Safety Marine Patrol Bureau offers an overview of boater education requirements.  And be sure to read New Hampshire Fish and Game's Handbook of Boating Laws and Responsibilities before heading out.

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Jenness State Beach

Route 1A, Rye, NH 03870

Phone: 6034361552
Portsmouth Harbor Cruises

64 Ceres St., Portsmouth, NH 03801

Phone: 6034368084
Albacore Park

600 Market St., Portsmouth, NH 03801

Phone: 6034363680
Mount Washington Cruises

211 Lakeside Ave. Weirs Beach, Laconia, NH 03246

Phone: 6033665531
Winnipesaukee Pier

PO Box 5415, Weirs Beach, NH 03247-5145

Phone: 6033665188
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

23 Science Center Rd., Holderness, NH 03245

Phone: 6039687194
Atlantic Fishing & Whale Watch

1870 Ocean Blvd., Rye, NH 03870

Phone: 6039645220
Al Gauron Deep Sea Fishing & Whale Watching

1 Ocean Blvd State Pier, Hampton Beach, NH 03842

Phone: 6039262469
Sunapee Cruises

Town Docks, Sunapee Harbor, NH 03782

Phone: 6039386465
Gundalow Company

60 Marcy Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Phone: 6034339505
Isles of Shoals Steamship Company

315 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Phone: 6034315500
The Winnipesaukee Belle

90 N. Main St. (Boat boards at Town Dock in Wolfeboro), Wolfeboro, NH 03894

Phone: 6035693016
Malagar Group LLC, SailNH

188 Bunker Hill Ave., Stratham, NH 03885

Phone: 6033803804
Goodhue & Hawkins Navy Yard, LLC

244 Sewall Rd., Wolfeboro, NH 03894

Phone: 6035692371
New Hampshire Rivers Guide Service

25 Dam Road, Errol, NH 03579

Phone: 6038895611

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