Description - The most hallowed feature of this state park is the 2,051-acre lake that is rests upon. The lake is a well known fishing spot supplying harvests of pickerel, salmon and three varieties of trout: brown, lake and rainbow. Pleasant shady camping and picnicking are also attractions.
- Lake Francis State Park encompasses 38 acres along the shores of the 2,051-acre Lake Francis. This northern New Hampshire campground and picnic facility is enjoyed mid-May through mid-December. The area attracts fishermen, hunters, winter sports enthusiasts, large game watchers and bird watchers.
Recreation - The main attraction at Lake Francis is the access to cold fishing waters. Fish that reside in the lake include pickerel and salmon along with brown, lake and rainbow trout. Camping and lakefront picnicking are also enjoyed. Moose watching has become a more popular recreation in recent years. A small visitor center and nature trail are located in the park.
Note: As you enter the park along River Road, you will pass through a lovely historic covered bridge. There are two more covered bridges in the area, both just south of US 3. One is on Hill-Danforth Road and the other is located at the west end of the lake on SR 145.
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.
Lake Francis State Park is located off US 3, 7 miles north of Pittsburgh. Turn right (south) onto River Road and travel about 1.5 miles to the park. There is a covered bridge midway between the park and US 3.