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Otter Brook Lake

Otter Brook Lake is a developed recreation area just east of Keene, offering a swimming beach, picnic shelters, playing fields, and lakeside walking.
Trail Activity
0.5 miles, Network
Keene (NH), Roxbury (NH)
Packed Earth/Dirt, Gravel/Crushed Stone/Cinder, Grass/Meadow, Sand, Road, Unpaved
Not Permitted
Other Activities


Otter Brook Lake offers many recreational opportunities that everyone can enjoy. A sand swimming beach, ball fields, and a large developed picnic area are all open to the public in the summer. In the winter, cross country skiing is allowed on the lake and along the paths which surround it. Gentle walking trails provide access to the marshy inlet of Otter Brook and wildlife viewing there. Flush toilets are available along with a changing area. Picnic shelters can be reserved for group events online or by phone at 1-877-444-6777.

Other Information

Please note that pets are not allowed at Otter Brook Lake and that users must carry out what they carry into the park.
Swimming is only allowed in designated swimming areas and at one's own risk, as there is no lifeguard on duty.

Trail Manager

For more information about the park and the trails, visit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers online, or contact:

US Army Corps of Engineers - Peterborough Office

US Army Corps of Engineers - Peterborough Office
Edward MacDowell Lake
75 Wilder Street
Peterborough, NH 03458
Phone: (603) 924-3431
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Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Avoid hypothermia, even in warm weather, by limiting your sweat and exposure to cold water. Bring warm and dry clothes in case the shivers set in.
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Trailhead Information

From Keene, NH: Travel northeast on NH-9/Franklin Pierce Highway. The entrance to Otter Brook Lake Beach is located on the right, 2.8 miles past the junction of NH-9 and Washington Street. The entrance is marked by a large brown park sign and a gate with a booth.

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