First impressions: White Lake State Park

When we move into a new space, we’re inclined to make our impression on it. We like to decorate— tack photos to the walls, arrange tchotchkes on the bookshelves. Once we’re comfortable, once it’s home, the new place then makes an impression on us.

My first day at White Lake State Park was a scramble to unpack, scrub the house, and get things in order. Finally satisfied, I eagerly set out to meet the park that will be my home for the summer. I swam in evening’s golden hour. Loons wailed. I circumambulated the lake and became acquainted with a great many critters—mallard ducks dabbling for lunch in the creek, a bizarre chorus of frogs, a shy garter snake, dragonflies skimming the water, some of the biggest tadpoles I’ve seen in my life, and –of course—the loons, ever diving for fish.


The trail around the lake is lined with towering pitch pines, dark hemlocks, wild blueberries, and flowering sheep-laurel.  Clearings provide views of the lake and a horizon dominated by the rocky peak of Mount Chocorua.

White Lake with Mount Chocorua in the background
Once able to slow down, I was taken with the quiet of the woods. The business of the wildlife. The haziness of the summer sky. A sense of the impending, true adventure.

This week I’ll also begin offering my Interpretive Programs here at White Lake State Park! Starting on June 22, I’ll be offering programs about loons, wilderness ethics, native wildlife, and doing activities like nature crafts, ponding and guided history hikes with our Park guests. Check out our Discover the Power of Parks Program Schedule for times and programs descriptions.



Discover Power of Parks SCA Interpreters

Discover the Power of Parks is presented by New Hampshire State Parks in collaboration with the Student Conservation Association and AmeriCorps and made possible by generous financial support from Eversource. The program offers a look into the natural world through hands-on programming. Interpretive programs focus on connecting participants with nature and building appreciation for New Hampshire's unmatched natural heritage. Programs include guided hikes, interpretive tours, and imaginative environmental workshops for children and families. Programs are offered free to guests with paid park admission fee. No pre-registration is required.

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  1. We started camping at White Lake in June 1965 with our three children. Now in 2016 we will have been coming to White Lake for 53 years. Two of our children still camp there every year and now their children and grandchildren are White Lake campers. Four generations that love White Lake. There is nothing like sitting on the beach during the day and watching everyone enjoying this beautiful lake and sitting on the beach at night to watch the amazing sunsets.l

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