Social distancing is essential right now and will be practiced while visiting any beach area. Beaches will be monitored throughout the day. We reserve the right to ask visitors to leave if not keeping their distance from other people and attempting to visit the beach once max capacity has been reached. Porta potties will be cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis, please use at your own risk as it will not be cleaned after each use. Please do come prepared with your own cleaning and sanitizing products.

Preventive measures to follow:

· Staying home if you or a member of your party are sick or do not feel well.

· Do not visit if you have been caring for or living with someone who has been sick.

· Use social distancing and maintaining at least six feet between individuals in all areas of the beach.

· Do not attempt to visit if you see there is no available space to practice social distancing.

· Cover coughs and sneezes 

· Using hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol with soap and water not available.

· Bring your own personal cleaning and sanitizing products in case it is not available (due to theft). 


Safer at Home- State Parks

Bow Lake and Northwood Lake Beaches

Northwood is known for its beautiful lakes and we are so lucky to have three public beaches to enjoy. Beaches are open from Memorial Day through Labor Day to Northwood Residents only. Recreation Staff will monitor beaches throughout the day to ensure a clean and safe environment for all to enjoy!

Water is tested and monitored by the Health Officer. When elevated levels of E. coli bacteria are present, there will be notices posted at the entrance to the waterfront.  Also, click here to see the NH DES Current Advisories page.

All beaches are “Swim at your own risk” facilities. There are no lifeguards on duty. Please utilize the swim lines when they are there. Children need to be supervised at all times; they are your responsibility. Children under the age of 14 years shall be supervised by a person 18 years of age or older and escorted to/from a porta potty. Flotation devices are allowed with caution and care. Appropriate attire is required.

Mary Waldron Beach

Location:  Bow Lake (click for a map)

Address: 416 Bow Lake Rd, Northwood, NH

Water Status: Click here for the NH DES Current Advisories page. If you don't see Mary Waldron Beach on the list, the water is safe.

Bennett's Bridge Beach

Location: Bow Lake (click for  map)

Address: 61 Bennett Bridge Rd, Northwood, NH

Water Status: Click here for the NH DES Current Advisories page. If you don't see Bennett's Bridge Beach on the list, the water is safe.

Northwood Lake Beach

Location:  Northwood Lake (click for a map)

Address: 57 Lake Shore Dr, Northwood, NH 

Water Status: Click here for the NH DES Current Advisories page. If you don't see Northwood Lake Beach on the list, the water is safe.

Resident Passes

All Northwood property owners/renters are required to obtain a beach pass (transfer station sticker for vehicle) from the Town Hall before using any of the town beaches. There are no fees to use the beaches. Recreation staff will monitor beaches at various times during the day to enforce parking passes(stickers). Any vehicles without a sticker may be ticketed.



1/2 hour after sunrise – 1/2 hour before sunset

Individuals occupying the beaches or on beach premises outside beach hours will be subject to fines and appropriate law enforcement.


Beach Rules

Recreation staff has the discretion to ask parties to leave the beach premises. Please adhere to the following Beach rules:

  • Beaches are carry in/carry out.  Please do your part in keeping our beaches clean and take your trash home with you. 
  • Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older
  • Never swim alone
  • No Pets allowed on property, leashed or not
  • No Glass Containers
  • No Alcohol Beverages
  • No Smoking, of any kind
  • No loud music or noise
  • No Feeding Water Fowl (This includes ducks or any other birds)
  • Diving from shoreline or back diving from floating dock is not permitted.
  • Diving or jumping from Bennett Bridge is dangerous and is prohibited

If you witness any activity at the beaches that you perceive as a danger or a clear violation of rules, please do not hesitate to notify Recreation staff or call the non-emergency line for the Northwood Police if it is after hours, 942-9101.