Boating

With its four connecting bays, Ossipee Lake is the perfect place for guests to relax on the open water or explore the hidden nooks and crannies within the channels.

Danforth Bay has a boat ramp on property next to Cove Beach, which provides easy in-and-out access for guests wishing to bring their own motorboats.

In addition to Ossipee Lake, popular Lake Winnipesaukee and Maine’s Sebago Lake are both short drives away.

 

Boat Rentals

Boat rentals are available at the Brookside Beach. See the weekly activities page for hours and rates. Boats include kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, paddle boards, row boats and motorized boats. If the boat-house is unattended, please check with the Depot.

 

Boating Information

The state of New Hampshire requires safe boating certificates for all operators of power boats with greater than 25 horsepower. Please review our boating regulations. Danforth Bay does not allow jet-powered watercraft in the park.

 

Boat Size & Check-in

Only boats up to 21 feet in length are allowed. All boats with a motor, regardless of size must be registered with the office and pay a $15 boat launch usage fee at check-in.

 

Registration

Certain boats must be registered with the State of New Hampshire. Registrations and information are available at Ossipee Lake Marina. Boaters must follow New Hampshire boating rules while operating their vessel on Danforth Bay and Ossipee Lake.

 

Jet Skis/Jet Boats

Use of any jet-powered watercraft regardless of seating capacity WILL NOT BE ALLOWED on our docks, launch or shoreline at anytime. If you choose to bring such watercraft for launching elsewhere it must be stored in the outside storage lot prior to admittance to the campground. There is no access or egress from the campground or its waterfront.

 

Water Skiing

WE DO NOT ALLOW water-skiing, tubing, wakeboarding or any towable water sport to or from our waterfront. We highly encourage that water-skiing type activities take place on Broad Bay or the main body of Ossipee Lake.


Boat Launch

Our launch facility is open from 7 AM - dusk.  Please pull your vehicle away from the launch area as quickly as possible and use the designated parking areas. The water is quite shallow in the launch area, trim your motor up and use caution until you are at least 100 feet off shore.

 

Milfoil

We have Milfoil in Danforth Bay. Milfoil is an invasive plant that if left unchecked, could choke our waterfront with weeds. Weed removal is a costly and time-consuming process. Transportation of milfoil, zebra mussels, and other non-native marine vegetation into Danforth Bay and Ossipee Lake are of special concern.  Please carefully inspect your boat and trailer to insure it is clean before launching and after hauling.  A hose is available at the boat launch and at the maintenance building by the main gate for wash down.