Moore Reservoir and Pattenville Picnic Area
Great River Hydro’s Pattenville Picnic Area at Moore Reservoir in Littleton NH is a hidden gem that not too many people know about. You’ve probably passed it several times and not even realized it. If you are driving up I-93 in Littleton NH you will drive over a bridge going over Moore Reservoir. Most people give it no thought at all, but on the other side of the reservoir, out of view, is a recreation area.
This is not state owned property but the recreation area is available to the public at the time of this article.
About Pattenville Picnic Area in Littleton NH
Pattenville Picnic Area is a normally quiet, secluded area with picnic tables, fireplaces and built-in grills. It offers sunset views over Vermont. The recreation area was named after the village that was flooded when the dam was built in 1956.
About Moore Reservoir
Moore Reservoir extends into Vermont, this is important to realize if you are boating you need to be sure to observe the laws in both states.
Moore Reservoir is part of the Connecticut River and is almost 10 miles long, 3,181 acres, and a max depth of 120′ (60′ average depth).
The reservoir/dam was built in 1956 and flooded all villages in the area including Pattenville in NH and Old Waterford in Vermont which are now at the bottom of Moore Reservoir. The reservoir is now surrounded by the towns of Littleton NH, Dalton NH, Concord VT, and Waterford Vermont.
Moore Reservoir Boat Ramp
The boat ramp at Moore Reservoir consists of laid concrete slabs. The ramp is fairly long due to the changing water levels. There is a parking area but on busy days this can fill up quickly. The dirt road getting to the boat ramp is not wide enough for parking so parking is only available in the dirt parking lot.
Fishing at Moore Reservoir
The reservoir has many species of fish including brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, rock bass, pickerel, northern pike, and hornpout (catfish, bullpout).
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