Nature lovers can paddle to Stonedam Island and walk the trails.
Gunstock Mountain offers night skiing.
Spring is prime time for catching landlocked salmon in the lakes.
Summer is time for watersports fun!
New Hampshire’s Lakes Region comprises four gorgeous, clear-water jewels just a short drive from Boston: Lake Winnipesaukee, Big and Little Squam Lakes, and Lake Winnisquam. Winnipesaukee, also known simply as “Winnie”, is the largest of the four, covering 72 square miles and containing 253 islands. It offers incredible boating, fishing, paddling and all-around aquatic fun. There’s lots to and see on shore, too, from dining to hiking to shopping and biking. Plus, there’s history to appreciate aboard the former steamship Mount Washington, based at The Weirs, or at the New Hampshire Boat Museum in Wolfeboro.
Big Squam and Little Squam are famous as serving as the location for the movie “On Golden Pond”, and offer plenty of peace and quiet. Hiking trails abound in the Squam area, and you can learn about the local flora and fauna at the Holbrook Nature Center.
Naturally, fall is prime time to visit the Lakes Region, given the spectacular foliage, crisp hiking and biking weather, and fewer crowds. The lakes also see less boat traffic, making it a great time to paddle and fish.
The opportunities for outdoor adventure extend beyond leaf-peeping season, of course. Winter activities in the Lakes Region range from snowmobiling to ice fishing. Plus, there’s great skiing and snowboarding at Gunstock Mountain, overlooking Winnipesaukee. Crosscountry ski and fat-tire bile trails are also available in the area.
Visit one of Lake Winnipesaukee’s few public-access islands by kayak, canoe or boat.
The period following ice-out brings some of the best fishing of the year for landlocked salmon on Lake Winnipesaukee.
One of the oldest ski resorts in the East boasts an array of exciting outdoor activities to keep you and your family coming back year-round.
Lake Winnipesaukee is a big body of water (the largest in New Hampshire), but most of its shoreline is privately owned and off-limits…