Wallis Sands State Park

Site Overview:

Wallis Sands State Park is located about 0.5 miles south of the commonly recommended entry point for the Seal Rock dive along Route 1A in Rye, NH.  Though it seems like an easier entry for the Seal Rock dive, a strong surf makes it tricky.  There are no significant land masses protecting the beach from the open ocean, so expect a healthy surge.  It seems possible that on the rare, perfectly calm day, one could enter from this location and reach the recommended Seal Rock dive.

Site Specifics:

Wallis Sands Beach is a state park.  It is always open unless otherwise posted.  Comfort stations are only open during park hours, however there are porta potties in the lot after hours.

Parking is ample in the early summer season.  There is some green space before the beach entrance for gear set-up and then it is a little bit of walk from the sand line to the water.


From May 27th – September 4th, there is a $15/vehicle entrance fee during operating hours 8am -4pm (spring/fall) and 8am – 6pm (summer)  https://www.nhstateparks.org/visit/state-parks/wallis-sands-state-beach.aspx.  After hours, the gate is unmanned and there is no entry fee.


1050 Ocean Blvd
Rye, NH  03870

AA 6/16/18