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White Mountains Swimming and Fishing


The White Mountains are home to a myriad of pristine lakes and river. The Ammonoosuc River, which runs through Bretton Woods, Twin Mountain and down towards Bethlehem and Littleton, is a very popular river for both fishing and swimming. Keep in mind, permits are required for fishing! Visit to find out where you can get one.

Swimming options range from water parks and pools to natural swimming holes and lakes. Among our favorites:



  • Upper Falls and Lower Falls in Bretton Woods are amazing swimming holes – both very scenic, as well! Upper Falls is a narrow gorge with cliffs on both sides. There are perches of various heights that the adventurous can jump from – but please be careful, as accidents seem to happen every year, and the river conditions can be variable. For those who don’t want to jump, a path leads to the pristine pool below the falls, where you can lounge on the beach area or go for a swim in the chilly water. Further downstream, near our “Moose Lodge and Cabins” property, Lower Falls has much gentler waterfalls; occasionally people will use the natural smooth rocks as slide – like a natural water park! Here too you can simply choose to enter the water in the lower pool.
  • Echo Lake Beach in Franconia Notch is a full service facility
  • Forest Lake State Park in Whitefield/Dalton
  • South Pond in Stark, NH