New Hampshire Lakes Region

Lakes and Ponds

The Lakes Region of New Hampshire is home to the state's largest lake, Winnipesaukee, which attracts a vibrant group of year-round fun-seekers. Generations of families have enjoyed all the Lakes Region has to offer for well over a century. More than 273 lakes dot the landscape, including Squam Lake, Waukewan, Winnisquam and Wentworth. Vacationers enjoy all manner of water sports, including fishing, water skiing, swimming, ice skating, canoeing, and kayaking on Winnipesaukee or head to Squam Lake, of "Golden Pond" fame, where they can enjoy quiet reflection at the water's edge or a summer's dip when the weather is warm.

Crystal Lake

Located near historic Gilmanton Iron Works Crystal Lake offers a great public beach and boat launch, picnic area, and ball field. It is very rare to find property for sale on this lake. Crystal Lake is connected to Hills Pond and Sunset Lake.

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Grafton Pond

Grafton Pond is located within the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests' Grafton Pond Reservation, and is an active common loon nesting site. There is a cement dam with a spillway for the pond leading into Bicknell Brook. It is a local favorite for swimming, fishing and boating, although no boat with an engine over 6 horsepower (4.5 kW) is allowed on the pond. There are several hiking trails around the pond and within the Grafton Woods reservation area. No camping or campfires are allowed around the pond or on any of the islands, and it is a "carry in, carry out" area.

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Great East Lake

Great East Lake

The Great East Lake Improvement Association (GELIA) was founded in 1932 and has been dedicated to the welfare of Great East Lake, its wildlife, and the environment. The nonprofit organization sees education as its primary function to help protect the lake.

Great East Lake has several other programs and organizations dedicated to protecting its pristine water quality. A boat inspection program is run by the NH Lake Host Program, where over 1,000 boats are inspected annually for invasive aquatic plants. There is also a weed watchers program (similar to the Invasive Plants Patrollers Program in Maine).

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Halfmoon Lake

Halfmoon Lake boasts good availability of large- and smallmouth bass, yellow and white perch, hornpout, and also a summer abundance of pumpkinseed and bluegill sunfish. Ice-out is usually expected by late April.

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Hills Pond

Hills Pond is between 85 acres, with marshy area that brings the overall average to 137 acres. Fed by three streams, Hills Pond, feeds into Sunset Lake.

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Kingswood Lake

Lake Kanasatka

Just North of the Big Lake as you pass through Center Harbor on Rt 25 is Lake Kanasatka. Lots of small seasonal cottages, but a few larger homes are springing up. No jet skis allowed.

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Lake Waukewan

Lake Waukewan

Lake Waukewan is one of those hidden pristine lakes that many people have overlooked. Is the town of Meredith's drinking water supply.

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Lake Wentworth

Lake Wentworth

Lake Wentworth was named for one of the first "vacationers" here. Governor John Wentworth built his vacation home in 1771 on its shore, thus giving rise to the town's claim of being the "oldest summer resort in America". Lake Wentworth is a very popular alternative to Lake Winnipesaukee for those looking for something a little quieter and less congested.

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Lake Winnipesaukee

Lake Winnipesaukee

Lake Winnipesaukee is New Hampshire's largest and busiest lake, the center of the New Hampshire Lakes Region, and known to the locals as "The Big Lake." A great lake for boating, sailing, and all kinds of water sports and activities. The Big Lake is bordered by eight unique communities: Alton, Center Harbor, Gilford, Laconia, Meredith, Moultonboro, Tuftonboro, and Wolfeboro. You'll find great shopping and restaurants at each of these ports of call.

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Lake Winnisquam

Lake Winnisquam

Lake Winnisquam has a reputation for being laid back and quiet, with the exception of the popular sandbar. Winnisquam's average depth of 52 deters the big speed boats and yachts. You'll find mostly pontoon boats and boats up to 21' or so on this lake. Winnisquam is also served by the public beaches in Sanbornton, Laconia, and Belmont.

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Lake Winona

Exclusive and private with a few cottages and homes. 1.3 miles long and .3 miles wide. Personal watercraft banned.

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Locke Lake

Surrounded by Locke Lake Colony. Locke Lake Colony is a planned community developed by the Locke Family and was recorded in Belknap County in 1966.

Members of this community include permanent as well as seasonal residents of all ages. The community surrounds the 160 acre man-made lake and also has access to neighboring Half Moon Lake.

Locke Lake has seven beaches and Colony residents may also use three beaches on Half Moon Lake. The amenities of the Colony are available to members and their guests. They include a baseball field, tennis courts, a six hole golf course, two pools, playground, two marinas (one with a launching ramp) and the Community Lodge. (info courtesy of

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Lovell Lake

Lovell Lake

Lovell Lake is on the Branch River in Carroll County, New Hampshire and is used for recreation purposes. Construction was completed in 1965. At normal levels, it has a surface area of 500 acres. It is owned by NH Water Reservoir Council.

Lovell Lake Dam is of earthen construction, a gravity dam. Its height is 16 feet with a length of 260 feet. Maximum discharge is 1085 cubic feet per second. Its capacity is 2400 acre feet. Normal storage is 2000 acre feet. It drains an area of 4.9 square miles.

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Lower Suncook Lakes

Comprised of upper and lower lakes connected by a channel, this relatively quiet and affordable lake is dotted by seasonal and year round cottages and homes.

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Manning Lake

Manning Lake is a quiet pond in a secluded section of Gilmanton. Nearly 3/5 of the shoreline is still undeveloped, and at least 1/2 the shoreline is likely to stay that way, as it is part of a Scout Reservation. There is one long-established cabin rental site, and its patrons, a few residents, some fishermen and, lately, the scouts are about the only regular users. Few boating controversies here - really fast boats would probably find it much too confining, and even dangerous to travel on (shallow, narrow, and short running distance). The traditional users no doubt like it that way.

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Merrymeeting Lake

Merrymeeting Lake

A popular summer cottage lake. This lake is just one of many that feed Lake Winnipesaukee.

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Milton Pond

Milton Pond is a 271-acre (1.10 km2) water body located along the border between Strafford County, New Hampshire, and York County, Maine in the northeastern United States. The lake lies in the towns of Milton, New Hampshire, and Lebanon, Maine. It connects with Northeast Pond to the northeast, and with Townhouse Pond to the north. A dam at the outlet of Milton Pond controls the water level for all three lakes. Below the dam, the Salmon Falls River flows southeast along the Maine-New Hampshire border until it reaches the Piscataqua River.

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Newfound Lake

Newfound Lake

Newfound Lake is known for being one of the cleanest lakes in the United States. Personal watercraft banned in certain areas.

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Northeast Pond

Opechee Bay

Located directly downstream from Paugus Bay and Lake Winnipesaukee, and it connects by a one-mile segment of the Winnipesaukee River through the center of Laconia to Winnisquam Lake.

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Ossipee Lake

Ossipee Lake

Located in the northeast section of the Lakes Region, Ossipee Lake is known best for fishing and proximity to Conway and the White Mountains. You won't find much commercial activity around this beautiful lake, just a lot of nice cottages and homes. Peace and quite. Broad Bay, Berry Bay and Leavitt Bay are all part of Ossipee Lake and Danforth Pond feeds into Ossipee Lake and you can boat from one to the other. Danforth Pond feeds into Ossipee Lake but you can not boat from it to Ossipee Lake.

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Pea Porridge Ponds

Big Pea Porridge Pond is about 140 acres, and motorboats are not permitted. The mornings are quite tranquil and you will enjoy the call of the loons as the mist rises from the lake. In the fall, it's a great place to enjoy the fall colors; just 3.5 miles to the Kancamaugus. There is year-round fishing, and the lake contains rainbow trout, small mouth bass, yellow perch, and sunfish. In the winter, the lake provides skating, cross country skiing, and ice fishing.

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Pemigewasset Lake

On the South side of Rt 104 coming into Meredith. Relatively affordable smaller cottages and camps.

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Pleasant Lake

Pleasant Lake is a 479-acre (1.94 km2) lake located in Rockingham County in central New Hampshire, United States, in the town of Deerfield. The eastern shore of the lake forms the boundary between Deerfield and the town of Northwood. Water from Pleasant Lake flows north to Northwood Lake, then west via the Little Suncook River to the Suncook River, a tributary of the Merrimack River. It is one of the top 10 cleanest lakes in New Hampshire.

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Province Lake

Province Lake stands alone and strattles the Wakefield and Effingham town line. A golf course borders the northern shore of the lake.

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Rust Pond

Rust Pond

Sawyer Lake

A modest sized lake, Sawyer Lake has five sandy beaches for the residents of the association. Jet-skiing and waterskiing are popular activities here. An affordable lake.

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Shellcamp Lake

Mostly tiny lots with tiny cottages and homes. Association beach for those not directly on the water.

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Silver Lake

Located in Carroll County in eastern New Hampshire, United States, in the town of Madison. Silver Lake has a length and width of .8 miles with numerous swimming spots.

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Squam Lakes

Squam Lakes

Squam is our second largest lake and made famous when "On Golden Pond" was filmed here. It has a length of 3.7 miles and a width of 3.4 miles with many islands to explore.

Little Squam is the little sister of Big Squam. She boasts having a multitude of wonderful lakeside season cottages and many newer high end lakefront homes. Little Squam is 1.7 miles long and .6 miles wide.

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Sunrise Lake

Sunset Lake

Located near historic Gilmanton Iron Works Crystal lake offers a great public beach and boat launch, picnic area, and ball field. It is very rare to find property for sale on this lake. Crystal Lake is connected to Hills Pond and Sunset Lake.

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Townhouse Pond

Webster Lake

Webster Lake flows in to the Pemigewasset River shortly above the Winnipesaukee River to form the Merrimack River. Webster Lake offers two public beaches, one on either side of the lake. Webster Lake is surrounded by forests, and a road goes around the entire lake, allowing frequent views. There is also boating access adjacent to the public beaches. Webster Lake has several types of fish including bass, hornpout, and trout.

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White Oak Pond

Only .9 miles long and .9 miles wide and an average depth of 16 feet. Water from White Oak Pond flows north to Squam Lake and is part of the Pemigewasset River watershed.

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