Overall Rating: 5/5 stars
Swim Rating: 5/5 stars
Province Lake is one of the most beloved lakes in NH during the summer. Yes, I did say NH. The lake is part of three towns; about 1/8 of the lake sits in Parsonsfield, ME, but the rest of the lake is located in Effingham and Wakefield, NH. Province Lake is a 968 acre lake; needless to say, it’s huge!! The bit of lake, no more than .5 to .75 of a mile long, that sits roadside to Rt. 153 is a public beach. You’ll be lucky to find a spot here on a hot summer day, so cherish your spot if you get one! Parallel to the beach, on the opposite side of the road, is all public parking area unless marked otherwise (there are about two ‘private’ areas, if I remember correctly).
My dad and I often bring dinner with us and have a picnic by the lake while watching the sunset, as you can see from the pictures. It’s a prime sunset location!
The swimming at Province Lake is also absolutely prime! I mean, it is a lake after all; can’t get much better than that! If you go to the public beach, you’ll find boats sitting in the water on each end, but there is a sectioned off area that is specific for safe swimming. The beach is only about 30-40ft wide, but it’s nice soft sand and besides people and dogs, you really only have to share it with the ducks! (Okay, I love ducks so it doesn’t bother me, but I dunno about you…)
One thing worth mentioning about the lake is that at the end of the summer there is sometimes an excess growth of algae. Along the edge of water you’ll sometimes see green… gunk, for lack of a better word. It’s relatively harmless, so no need to freak out but still good to know as it can easily stick to your body after swimming.
Easiest way to find Province Lake? Follow Rte 153 into Parsonsfield and you’ll be there in no time!
Have fun and be safe!