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Coastal Access Sites

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Surf fishing is great along New Hampshire’s sandy beaches and rocky coastline. Use the map on this page to find shore and boat access points for saltwater fishing in the Great Bay Estuary and its tidal river tributaries. For prime coastal access points, see below.

Site # on Map

Name

Fee

Parking

Comments

27

Durham Town Landing

N

Ample

Access for winter rainbow smelt fishing

28

Scammel Bridge

N

Ample

Parking at both ends of bridge

29

Fox Point

N

Limited

Newington resident access only

30

Hilton Park

N

Ample

Boat ramp not accessible at low tide

31

Bloody Point/
General Sullivan Bridge

N

Limited

Bloody Point is a shore site adjacent to bridge

32

Little Bay Boat Club

Y

Ample

Marina; private docks; fuel dock

33

Great Bay Marine

Y

Ample

Marina; private docks; fuel dock and boat launch

34

Adams Point

N

Limited

Boat ramp not accessible at low tide

35

Newmarket Town Landing

N

Limited

Also shore fishing access behind mill building

36

Great Bay Discovery Center/Depot Road Boat Launch

N

Limited

Cartop only; access for winter rainbow smelt fishing; not accessible at all tides

37

Great Bay Access

N

Limited

Access for winter rainbow smelt fishing; no wheeled vehicles

38

Chapman’s Landing

N

Ample

Accessible at all tides

39

Swazey Parkway/Exeter Downtown Boat Ramp

N

Ample

In center of downtown Exeter; access for winter rainbow smelt fishing

Site # on Map

Name

Fee

Parking

Comments

1

Blackwater River

N

Limited

Parking along Route 286

2

Seabrook Town Boat Launch

Y

Limited

Boat ramp use open to all, but parking for Seabrook residents only

3

Seabrook Beach

N

Limited

Parking along Route 1A* (Ocean Blvd) on Seabrook side of bridge

4

Hampton-Seabrook Bridge

N

Limited

Parking along Route 1A* (Ocean Blvd) or in state parks for a fee

5

Hampton Harbor State Park

Y

Ample

Jetty and beach fishing access

6

Hampton Harbor State Marina

Y

Ample

Seasonal fees apply

7

Hampton Railroad Trestle

N

N/A

Walking access only

8

Hampton North Beach

N

Ample

Metered parking at state beach

9

North Hampton State Park

N

Limited

Metered parking at state beach; Parking along Route 1A

10

Bass Beach

N

Limited

Parking along Route 1A

11

Jenness State Beach

N

Limited

Metered parking at state beach; Parking along Route 1A

12

Rye Harbor State Marina

Y

Ample

Seasonal fees apply

13

Rye Harbor State Park

Y

Limited

Jetty and beach fishing access; Seasonal fees apply

14

Wallis Sands State Park

Y

Ample

Seasonal fees apply

15

Berry’s Brook

N

Limited

Sea-run brown trout fishery

16

Odiorne State Park Boat Ramp

Y

Ample

Jetty and shore fishing access; Boat ramp not accessible at all tides

17

Odiorne State Park Jetty and Beach Access

Y

Ample

Jetty and beach access along trail at edge of parking lot; shore fishing access at other roadside parking; Seasonal fees apply

18

Witch Cove Marina

Y

Ample

Marina; private docks; Fuel dock and boat launch

19

Wentworth Marina

Y

Ample

Marina; private docks; Fuel dock

20

Fort Stark

N

Limited

Jetty and beach fishing access on both sides of fort

21

Great Island Common

Y

Ample

Jetty and shore fishing access

22

Fort Constitution

N

Limited

Shore fishing access behind fort; Follow US Coast Guard Station signs and rules

23

Goat Island

N

Limited

Cartop launch area at state shore fishing access site

24

Peirce Island

Y

Ample

Seasonal fees apply

25

Four Tree Island

N

Ample

Jetty and shore fishing

26

Prescott Park

N

Ample

Temporary boat slips by reservation; Piers for shore fishing access

* May be no or limited parking in immediate vicinity of bridge and beach.

Note: The N.H. Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED) may restrict fishing at swimming areas at State Park beaches.

Saltwater Anglers & Spearfishers

Buy your N.H. Recreational Saltwater License at fishnh.com or at your local license agent – just $11.

See Recreational Licenses for details.

Managing Our Marine Resources

The Marine Fisheries Division of the N.H. Fish and Game Department is responsible for the regulation and promotion of recreational and commercial marine fishing in the salt waters of the state. State waters include all waters within 3 miles of the coastline; the area between 3 and 200 miles from shore is under the jurisdiction of the Federal government. The Marine Division conducts scientific investigations to monitor marine resources and habitat as well as the harvest of fishery resources within state waters. We also work with other states through the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, as well as the New England Fisheries Management Council, to manage marine species throughout their range.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC.org) was formed by the 15 Atlantic coast states in 1942, in recognition that fish do not adhere to political boundaries. The Commission serves as a deliberative body, coordinating the conservation and management of the states’ shared near-shore fishery resources – marine, shell, and anadromous – for sustainable use. The Commission’s mission is to promote the better utilization of the fisheries of the Atlantic seaboard by the development of a joint program for the promotion and protection of such fisheries, and by the prevention of physical waste of the fisheries from any cause. It currently manages more than 26 species, including lobster, striped bass, bluefish, Atlantic sea herring, spiny dogfish, northern shrimp, and river herring. New Hampshire is represented on the ASMFC by three commissioners, including one representative from Fish and Game’s Marine Fisheries Division.

The New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC.org) is one of eight regional fishery councils created in 1976. NEFMC manages the living marine resources in the Federal waters (between 3 and 200 miles offshore) off the New England coastline. The NEMFC includes three New Hampshire members – the head of the Marine Division as well as two local fishermen. It has developed fishery management plans for groundfish (cod, haddock, flounders, etc.), scallops, Atlantic sea herring, monkfish, red crab, skates, Atlantic salmon, and habitat. The plans are approved by the US Secretary of Commerce and implemented by the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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