Description - When traveling to the largest lake in New Hampshire, Lake Winnipesaukee, visitors will want to travel to the southern shore near Weir Beach and view the historic rock entitled Endicott Rock.
- This small one tenth of an acre state park parcel houses a large rock with inscriptions dating back to 1652. It was that era when the Royal Colony Governor, John Endicott, commissioned the surrounding area to be surveyed. The Governor's surveyors blazed this stone for posterity.
A small parking area and picnic spot are the only amenities offered at New Hampshire's tiniest park, Endicott Rock. This historic rock is just a quick stop for passersby including anglers who find year-round delight at the 44,586-acre Lake Winnipesaukee.
Nearby attractions include the 230-foot Mt. Washington cruise boat located at Weirs Beach. The boat travels between Weirs Beach and Wolfeboro offering a fun-filled cruise specializing in theme and dinner-dance parties. Located several miles south of Endicott Rock along SR 11, is Ellacoya State Park, which offers a nice swimming beach and lakefront campsites. Paugus Bay Campground and Pine Hollow Camping World are two privately owned overnight spots located within a few minutes of Endicott Rock.
Recreation - Viewing the historic rock and picnicking are available at this tiny spot of .1 acre. Lake Winnipesaukee supports a thriving population of both large and smallmouth bass, bluegill, white perch, pickerel, horned pout, salmon and lake trout.
Climate - Winter can be cold with average temperatures ranging around 19 degrees Fahrenheit. The cold temperatures humidity bring heavy, water-laden snow to all parts of the state. Spring begins in mid-March and lasts through May. This time of the year is referred to as mud season in the mountains. The sugar is flowing early in the season and wild flowers bloom toward the end of it. Summer is the busiest season of the year for the tourism industry. This is an excellent time to travel, mountain roads are open and most of the mud has dried. Average summer temperatures range around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Fall brings the leaf lookers to see the spectacular colors of the deciduous trees. Expect to see bus loads of people enjoying the crisp fall New England weather.
From Laconia, travel north on US 3 / SR 107 approximately 3 miles along the shores of Paugus Bay to the intersection of SR 118.