Family Travel Stories

Boating with kids on Merrymeeting Lake in New Durham, NH

Lucas fishing... trying to catch a big one!

Lucas fishing... trying to catch a big one!

We took our second boating trip on the Fourth of July to Merrymeeting Lake in New Durham, New Hampshire. The weather was perfect for boating; sunny with a light breeze. We found the lake’s boat landing relatively easy to find, located only a short distance off of Route 11. Once we arrived we were greeted by a NH Fish & Game volunteer educating boaters on Aquatic Nuisance Species in NH Lakes. This is an excellent program teaching boaters about the problems threatening the lakes and wildlife around the state. This was also a good opportunity for us to explain to our older son what we can do to prevent the spread of these plants.

The launch was easy to back down, but there was no dock and a lot of rocks near the shore. Once the boat was in the water, I left to park the vehicle and trailer. There seemed to be ample angled parking, but several other boaters parked parallel to the road taking up space. I had to drive a bit and find another place to park off the road and hike back.  

Merrymeeting Lake is a 1200 acre lake with a depth that varies from three feet in some areas to 120 feet in the center. There were a lot of boaters on the water, but we never felt crowded. We watched skiers, tubers and jet skis going around the lake as we enjoyed jumping off and swimming around the boat. Our kids enjoyed watching the depth finder to see the fish swim by and to see where the deepest parts of the lake were. And no, there are no sharks…kids!   

We purchased a child’s fishing pole with training lure and the kids enjoyed casting the line and reeling it back in; especially our three year old.  We also brought some toys in the boat, which would float if dropped overboard. This allowed the kids to play while we were sightseeing around the lake.

Author: rbisson

I am a licensed land surveyor in New Hampshire and Maine, enjoy the outdoors and being with my wife and two boys.

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