Things to do at Crystal Acres

One of the best things we ever heard from a renter was “This was the most relaxing vacation I’ve ever had because there was so much for the kids to do, we never had to leave!”  ~ True statement!

If you don’t see something you like, feel free to bring your own outdoor game. There’s plenty of room!

We are located on Crystal Lake in Gilmanton Iron Works, New Hampshire. Crystal Lake is 441-acres and has plenty of crystal clear water perfect for water activities.

  • Swimming
  • Water skiing
  • Tubing
  • Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Shuffleboard
  • Croquet
  • Bocci
  • Swing ball
  • Ladder golf

We offer over 200′ of naturally sandy lake front with 3 piers and a raft. You’re free to bring a ski or fishing boat (no jet skis please), launch it at the local public boat ramp, and tie it to one of our piers. Please let us know ahead of time, however.

Free use of our paddleboat, canoes, rowboats and kayaks is encouraged. We have paddles and life jackets for guest use.

There are grills, picnic tables, and outdoor seating for each cottage. In addition there is a fire pit next to the shuffleboard court.

Nearby attractions

Check all the wonderful prices and products at

Funspot: The largest arcade in the world!
Funspot offers over 500 games, a 20 lane ten pin & candlepin bowling center, cash bingo, outdoor & indoor mini-golf, a restaurant, a tavern and more!

The sightseeing opportunities are endless! From the White Mountains to Lake Winnipesaukee.

You’ll find pamphlets in your cottages inviting to you a wide variety of activities.

Biking and Hiking:
Art is the Crystal Acres resident expert on hiking trails.
You might also check for information on local hiking options.

Biking is fun right along Crystal Lake Rd. and surrounding area. If it’s more adventurous trails that you’re looking for check out

Zip Lines, Tree Top Adventures, Segways and more

Need a license?

The lake is regularly patrolled by New Hampshire Marine Patrol. That is great for the safety of the lake. But it also means that you may be asked for your fishing or boating license.
Note: the New Hampshire Marine Patrol fines can be steep for boating or fishing without a license. We strongly recommend having up-to-date licenses when visiting Crystal Lake.

For NH fishing license:

For NH motor boat driving license: