Natural Feature

Echo Lake Beach

8 locals recommend,

Tips from locals

Nicole
June 28, 2022
BOOK YOUR DAY PASS AHEAD! Only allowed access with a day pass, no drop-ins. This lake is BEAUTIFUL - from the beach you have lovely views of Cannon Mountain and Franconia Notch. Perfect for a whole day of swimming and lounging. Bathroom facilities.
Donna
June 20, 2022
This is a great spot to swim. You may still need to make reservation which started during Covid.
Jennifer
April 15, 2022
Great swimming, boat rentals and beautiful views
Cheryl
April 8, 2022
At Echo Lake Beach, visitors can enjoy the beauty of a 39-acre lake with an excellent view. The slopes of Cannon Mountain ski area drop right to the edge of the lake, and the view highlights where the Franconia Range and Kinsman Range meet, creating the notch. Great place to picnic, rent paddle boats, and kayaks. Small day fee charge. Located in Franconia Notch
At Echo Lake Beach, visitors can enjoy the beauty of a 39-acre lake with an excellent view. The slopes of Cannon Mountain ski area drop right to the edge of the lake, and the view highlights where the Franconia Range and Kinsman Range meet, creating the notch. Great place to picnic, rent paddle b…
Stephen
January 19, 2022
Echo Lake has been the centerpiece of tourism to Franconia Notch since the 1850s. The Profile House, a grand resort that once stood just south of the lake, operated a steam-powered paddle boat on its waters. Today, people explore the 38 acre lake in canoes and kayaks and still enjoy swimming and trout fishing just as visitors have for over a century-and-a-half. The beach on the north shore is operated by the NH State Park System and is a convenient place to enjoy these activities. Adjacent to the beach you will find a plaque honoring Philip Wheelock Ayres, the first Forester of the Society for the Protection of NH Forests. Ayres was a leading voice in the conservation movement; the plaque recognizes him for his role in the creation of both The White Mountain National Forsest and Franconia Notch State Park. Ayres publicized the deforestation of the White Mountains and organized influential groups to lobby congress for their protection. He also orchestrated a grass roots fundraising campaign to purchase Franconia Notch for the state in the 1920s, saving it from the lumber companies who were poised to buy it. The movement to save the Notch included US Veterans lobbying to preserve it as a war memorial, school children selling adoption certificates for trees in the forest, and The NH General Federation of Women’s Clubs adopting the cause as a civic duty. The result of Ayres’ efforts are visible today from this spot – Franconia Notch preserved as a State Park and hundreds of thousands of acres outside it federally managed as a National Forest.
Echo Lake has been the centerpiece of tourism to Franconia Notch since the 1850s. The Profile House, a grand resort that once stood just south of the lake, operated a steam-powered paddle boat on its waters. Today, people explore the 38 acre lake in canoes and kayaks and still enjoy swimming and tro…

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