The North Pawtuckaway SUP Paddle is a laid back paddle that starts from Fundy’s cove boat launch in North Pawtuckaway & tours towards the center part of the lake to Drown’s Dam. This paddle is ideal for SUP fishermen or for paddlers wanting to find a small island to spend the day on.
For this paddle, there is an optional, alternative branch of the paddle that adds about 2 miles on the paddle that brings you to a small island that has an excellent vantage point to watch the moonrise from.
|Time:||2 hr15 min paddle time|
|Best time:||Summer Evening|
|Parking:||Free (Paid if launching in park)|
Coming from the east or west, take hwy 101 & get off on Depot Rd. going north. Make a left on Pleasant St. & follow this until you make a slight right onto Ham Rd. Follow Ham Rd. until you take another slight right onto Nottingham Rd. Continue on Nottingham Rd., which should eventually turn into Raymond Rd. From here, take a left on Deerfield Rd. Be careful! Fundy Launch Rd. is a non-paved road that easily blends in with the trees. I’ve driven past it a number of times. The boat launch & parking are at the end of the road.
Address for GPS: Fundy Launch Road, Nottingham, NH 03290
Parking is free. But, it can fill up on nice summer days. Please pay attention to the signs & leave spaces designated for cars with boat trailers for those cars.
There is parking on the south side of the lake via the Pawtuckaway State Park entrance, but entrance there will cost money. Launching from Fundy’s Cove is free at the time of this writing.
At the boat launch, there are restrooms. Additionally, there are restrooms right by the picnic tables by Drown’s Dam halfway through the paddle. Be aware though that there are no trash cans so be prepared to pack out what you bring.
Cautions & Hazards
The lake is quite shallow with large boulders. A lot of the boulders you can see, but if you’re not aware some of them can trip you up.
As usual, the wind can pick up here relatively fast and strong. Check the forecast before you head out!
Unfortunately, Pawtuckaway Lake has been affected by a number of invasive species that threaten the environmental balance of the lake. Please inspect your watercraft for any species before launching. Often times there will be a steward there performing checks who can educate you on the most recent species that are affecting Pawtuckaway.
Tips, Links & Other Resources
- Pawtuckaway Map
- NH State Parks Pawtuckaway Lake Visitor Information
- Want a guided tour there? Check out the Wandering Paddler & book a tour