Boating & Public Access

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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