Summer is coming! At least, we think it is…rain, and gloom has indeed defined the phrase this year: “April Showers Bring May Flowers!” However, May hasn’t quite gotten the message just yet?

We thought it would be fun to get you in the Summertime state of mind by highlighting just one of many terrific preserved lands in the Monadnock region open to the public for recreation opportunities. Our choice: Otter Brook State Park. It’s 70 acres of Summertime fun and will open officially on Memorial Day.

Built by the Army Corps of Engineers, this 70 Acre Lake State Park is located 2 miles East of Keene on NH Route 9. There are picnic tables, over 50 old fashioned grills, a baseball diamond and running water/flush toilets. The lake is built around a large Dam that creates this lovely beach area.

It’s a terrific place to sun or swim; there is a 400-foot beachfront area with a bathhouse for changing and restrooms to keep you comfortable. Here you’ll find a map of the lake thanks to Fish and Game who note that there is a small boat ramp for boats, canoes, and kayaks for fishing or paddling adventures – small motors only!

And for those of you who aren’t into sunbathing or water sports, there’s also a fun an 18 hole disc golf course. Video here! Plus, you’ll find some gentle walking trails open for your enjoyment: trail map here.

So, no matter what, there will be a little something for everyone in your family to do. There’s also a Facebook page available which has some fresh photos of people enjoying the space. Be sure to check out the dam the Army Corps built; it is quite impressive – particularly from above.

And while it used to be off-limits for pets in season, there is a new rule according to as of May 25, 2019; pets will be allowed on leash in the recreation area. Pets are NOT allowed on the beach or beach lawn area, and camping is allowed at shelters. There are three group shelters, some with electricity hookups available for your private events. They can accommodate 80, 60 and 16 people, respectively. We ask that you verify this information before heading out – and be sure to inquire about shelter reservations by calling the park at 603-352-4130.

We love where we live and would love for you to join us! Anytime you’re looking for work or trying to hire someone for your business, give the recruiters at Masiello Employment Services a call. We’ve been doing this work here in the Monadnock Region for many years and have the connections and the relationships others do not. Give us a call!

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