Beach Walking

The best time to go beach WALKING is anytime. At dawn, the sun rises over the Ossipee Mountains, showering the beach in golden light of amber and ochre. At dusk, the setting sun illuminates the Ossipee Mountain range in indigo hues of violet and lavender.

During the morning or afternoon, you should continue your walk to the stone bridge over the Weirs channel, from where you can observe the beach, the boat traffic below and the beautiful mountains in the distance.

Dusk over Weirs Bay

The Ossippee mountains from the beach.

Historical Postcards of Sunset On Lake Winnipesaukee


Below are views of the Weirs Channel. Click here for many more north-looking views of the Weirs Channel from the 1950s-1960s.


A contemporary view of the Weirs Channel looking south. Photo taken on June 21, 2023. For an interesting modern-day aerial shot of the Weirs Channel, showing a traffic jam of boats, click here.

Historical postcards of the Weirs Channel looking south. In the first postcard, the Belle of the Isles is steaming away towards Paugus Bay. (Paugus Bay used to be called “Lake Paugus” and “Long Bay”.)

The Aquedoctan Stone Bridge over the Weirs Channel

Below is a photo of the current stone bridge (built in 1932) over the Weirs channel, as viewed from Endicott Rock Park. From the pedestrian sidewalk that crosses the bridge on its north-facing side, there are fine views of Weirs Bay, and the best viewing angle from Weirs Beach of the 4 peaks of the Sandwich mountain range – Mt. Paugus, Mt. Passaconaway, Mt. Whiteface, and Sandwich Mountain (r to l). For an absolutely spectacular panoramic view of the Weirs Bay, annotated with the names of all the individual peaks, click here. (Panorama courtesy of DCR)

In the 1933 postcard below, the U.S. mailboat Marshall Foch passes underneath the Aquedoctan Stone Bridge, built at a cost of about $80,000. Endicott Rock park was expanded in 1938 by partially filling in the Weirs Channel up to the Endicott Rock monument, at which time the 1901 steel footbridge to the monument was removed.

On each side of the bridge, there are two designated viewing areas that extend a couple feet further out than the rest of the bridge. The viewing areas are quite small, only about 4′ wide. The viewing areas on the south-facing side of the bridge are right next to the busy Route 3 roadway, so they are rarely used. The following plaque is next to one of the viewing areas off the sidewalk on the north-facing side of the bridge. It reads, “Below in the Channel, site of Indian fish weirs. To the right, site of Aquedoctan Indian village – 1652. To the left, site of log blockhouse built by the first white men.” The sign was erected by the Mary Butler chapter of the D.A.R.

History of the Weirs Channel Bridge

The first bridge to cross the Weirs Channel was built in 1780 and was made of wood. At least two more wooden bridges were built, including the bridge in the drawing below, before 1883.

Click here to see several rare stereoview photographs – the earliest known photos of the bridge over the Weirs Channel – along with interesting information about these early wooden versions of the bridge.

This steel bridge, known as a lenticular truss bridge because of its curves that resemble a convex lens, was built over the Weirs Channel in 1883, at a cost of about $2000; but it was not built strong enough for the Laconia Street Railway trolley cars; and so it was replaced by a new steel structure in 1899.

The steel bridge that was built in 1899 over the Weirs Channel to carry electric trolley cars from Laconia to Weirs Beach. The trolley service continued until 1925. The type of bridge is a Pratt truss bridge. Invented in Boston in 1844, the Pratt truss is a common type of railroad bridge that can be constructed in various configurations.
The Laconia Street Railway open-air trolley heads north to Weirs Beach, while an early automobile heads south. The U.S. mailboat Uncle Sam passes underneath. Click here for bonus pictures.

Early 1900’s views of the 1899 bridge shows how wide the Weirs Channel was at the time. The Belle of the Isles is seen underneath the bridge.

The trolley is just about to cross the bridge on its way to Laconia.

Below is a view of the channel looking North from Paugus Bay, circa 1910. The Pratt truss bridge is seen spanning the channel.