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New Hampshire’s Lakes Region is the ideal spot for those who love being immersed in a beautiful setting with seemingly endless opportunities for recreation and relaxation. Whether you choose to vacation here or plan to make it your year-round home, there’s a place in the Lakes Region for you.

If you’re new to the area and not sure which of our 273 bodies of water may be right for you, read on. We’ve put together some information about some of the Lakes Region’s popular lakes and ponds. Dip your toes in the water here, then click through to see homes and property for sale on the lakes that catch your eye.

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Lake Winnipesaukee
Lake Wentworth
Ossipee Lake
Winnisquam Lake
Crescent Lake

Great East Lake
Half Moon Lake
Locke Lake
Lovell Lake
Merrymeeting Lake
 
Newfound Lake
Kingswood Lake
Pine River Pond
Squam Lake
Upper/Lower Suncook Lake
 

 

Lake Winnipesaukee

The largest lake in New Hampshire, features 244 islands and 240 miles of shoreline. Covering an area of 72 square miles, Lake Winnipesaukee dominates the Lakes Region and provides lots of opportunity for recreation - and waterfront home ownership!

Towns: Meredith, Center Harbor, Moultonborough, Tuftonboro, Wolfeboro, Alton, Alton Bay, Gilford, Laconia, Weirs Beach
Size: 72 sq. mi.; 278 mi. of shoreline. Approx. 21 mi. long; approx. 9 mi. wide
Depth: 180 ft. (max.); 43 ft. (avg.)
Coldwater Species: Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Landlocked Salmon, Lake Trout, Whitefish
Warmwater Species: Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Pickerel, Horned Pout, White Perch, Northern Pike, Walleye, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Yellow Perch

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Winnisquam Lake

New Hampshire’s 4th largest lake, features 5 islands. Is split into Big and Little Winnisquam, with the two parts separated by a bridge. Excellent boating due to the lake’s length; many species of fish.

Towns: Sanbornton, Belmont, Laconia, Tilton, Meredith
Size: 6.6 sq. mi.; 10.5 mi. long; 1.5 mi. at widest point
Depth: 150 ft. (max.)
Coldwater Species: Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Landlocked Salmon, Lake Trout, Whitefish
Warmwater Species: Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Pickerel, Horned Pout, White Perch, Northern Pike, Walleye, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Yellow Perch

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Lake Wentworth

New Hampshire’s 7th largest lake, features 18 islands and 15 miles of shoreline. Lake Wentworth is entirely contained within Wolfeboro, a town that also sits on the eastern side of Lake Winnipesaukee and is known as “America’s oldest summer resort.”

Towns: Wolfeboro
Size: 4.9 sq. mi.; 3.9 mi. long; 2.2 mi.wide
Depth: 89 ft. (max.)
Coldwater Species: Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Landlocked Salmon, Lake Trout, Whitefish
Warmwater Species: Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Pickerel, Horned Pout, White Perch, Northern Pike, Walleye, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Yellow Perch

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Squam Lake

New Hampshire’s 2nd largest lake, Big Squam features 28 islands and 61 miles of shoreline. Northwest of Lake Winnipesaukee, known for its wildlife and famous for being featured in the film On Golden Pond.

Towns: Holderness, Center Harbor, Sandwich, Moultonborough
Size: 6 mi. long; 4 mi. wide
Depth: Squam: 98 ft (max.)
Coldwater Species:
Warmwater Species:

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Ossipee Lake

New Hampshire’s 6th largest lake. Located in the northeast corner of the Lakes Region, mid-way between Wolfeboro and the White Mountains.

Towns: Ossipee, Freedom
Size: 5.1 sq mi; 3.5 mi. long; 2.3 mi. wide
Depth: 61 ft. (max.)
Coldwater Species: Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Landlocked Salmon, Lake Trout, Whitefish
Warmwater Species: Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Pickerel, Horned Pout, White Perch, Northern Pike, Walleye, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Yellow Perch

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Newfound Lake

New Hampshire’s 3rd largest lake, featuring 5 islands and 22 miles of shoreline. Located on the western end of the Lakes Region. Home to 22 species of fish and the New Hampshire state park system’s largest public freshwater beach.

Towns: Alexandria, Bristol, Bridgewater, Hebron
Size: 6 mi. long; 2.4 mi. wide
Depth: 183 ft. (max.)
Coldwater Species: Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Landlocked Salmon, Lake Trout, Whitefish
Warmwater Species: Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Pickerel, Horned Pout, White Perch, Northern Pike, Walleye, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Yellow Perch

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If you’d like more information, please contact Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Spencer-Hughes Real Estate. Our agents are also local residents, and we’re happy to share our knowledge of and our love for New Hampshire's Lakes Region!

 

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Lake Wentworth, New Hampshire

Lake Wentworth Facts

  • Lake Wentworth is entirely in the town of Wolfeboro
  • Has 15 miles of shorefront
  • 20 islands, Stamp Act is the largest
  • 3,000 acres of water
  • Deepest point is 85 feet at Fuller's Deep
  • Elevation is 30 feet higher than Winnipesaukee

 

 

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Squam Lake, New Hampshire

Information and images obtained from http://www.squamlakeschamber.com/about.php

The Squam Lakes are known as some of the most peaceful and pristine in the country. The fog rises from the water early in the morning, loons fill the air with their haunting call.

- Conde Nast Magazine

Squam Lakes, located 40 miles north of Concord, are natural, spring-fed bodies of water consisting of a small and large lake connected by a channel. The Squam Lakes are not only rich in natural beauty but history as well. Squam Lakes’ earliest inhabitants were from the Abenaki Nation of the Algonguin Federation of Indians.

Originally, they referred to Squam as Keeseenunknipee, which meant “the goose lake in the highlands”. The white settlers that followed shortened the name to Casumpa, Kusumpy and/or Kesumpe around 1779. In the early 1800’s, the lake was given another Abenaki name, Asquam, which means water. Finally, in the early 1900’s, Asquam was shortened to its present version, Squam.

Though the lakes’ name has seen many changes, the Squam Lakes area has seen relatively few. Despite being located only a couple of hours from major metropolitan areas, Squam has managed to maintain its pristine and undeveloped landscape.

The lack of transportation to the Squam Lakes at the turn of the century helped the area to stay relatively undeveloped. With the railroad stopping in Ashland, commercial activity remained limited directly around the lakes. Today, the interstate highway brings visitors into Ashland, where the center of commerce exists for the Squam Lakes area. Holding onto the history of the area, many camps on the lakes date back a century and discretely line the lush shoreline. Families have been coming for vacations for generations and many make the lakes their year round residence upon retirement.

While the islands on the lakes are part of its unique landscape, the coves are quiet and a perfect haven for nesting loons and other wildlife.

Squam Lakes’ magnificence is matched only by the warmth and charm of the communities that surround it. The people who call Squam home year-round or once a year, are drawn to Squam Lakes not only for its physical beauty, but because it is a unique community committed to protecting a special place. The unique blend of small town values and distinct cultural opportunities make this an exceptional place to visit or live.

The unspoiled beauty of Squam Lakes is what continues to bring visitors here today. Once they are here, the region hosts a variety of activities for all seasons including hiking, camping, swimming, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, golf, tennis, and mountain biking.

On the lake, natural and stocked fish include trout, bass, and salmon. For the less sports minded, there are a variety of wonderful restaurants and interesting shops in the area for visitors to experience. Whether your preference is a quaint inn, waterfront cottage, campground or cozy motel, the Squam Lakes area boasts a variety of unique lodging opportunities.

Most of New Hampshire's major attractions are less than an hour away making the Squam Lakes area an ideal location for day trips. The Squam Lakes region is home to the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, which features four self-guided trails including the Gephart Trail with native New Hampshire wildlife in natural woodland enclosures. If you want to get onto the Squam Lakes and you don’t have your own vessel, tour boat companies offer guided tours of the lakes. Scenes from On Golden Pond including the location of the famous back flip by Jane Fonda into the lake or Audrey Hepburn running into the marina, are recognizable sites on the tours. In the spring, the annual ritual of tapping maple trees and boiling the sap into dark maple syrup abounds, while the fall sees Squam Lakes wrapped in the incredible colors of the New England foliage.

It is not by accident that the Squam Lakes area is in pristine condition, but due to the unique efforts of dedicated organizations and individuals, who believe that preserving the watershed is essential for the public’s enjoyment of this beautiful area. The natural beauty of the Squam Lakes area continues to bring visitors back year after year.

Squam Lake (SKWAWM), irregularly shaped lake, central N.H., in Carroll, Gradton, and Belknap cos., 14 mi/23 km NNW of Laconia; c.7 mi/11.3 km long. In resort area; Squam Brook drains SW through Little Squam L. into Pemigewasset R. Town of Holderness at W end. Location of movie On Golden Pond. Also known as Asquam L.

Coldwater Species

  • Brook Trout
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Landlocked Salmon
  • Lake Trout
  • Whitefish

Warmwater Species

  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Pickerel
  • Horned Pout
  • White Perch
  • Northern Pike
  • Walleye
  • Black Crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Yellow Perch

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Waukewan Lake, New Hampshire

Waukewan, Lake, New Hampshire (NH), United States

Facts & Statistics

Place Name - Waukewan, Lake

Pronunciation - WAW-kee-wawn

Place Status (Type) - lake

Location - Belknap County, New Hampshire (NH), United States, North America

Latitude - 43°66'N

Longitude - 71°50'W

 

Waukewan, Lake (WAW-kee-wawn), Belknap co., central N.H., resort lake just W of Meredith, drains into L. Winnipesaukee to E through short stream, 9 mi/14.5 km NNW of Laconia; 2 mi/3.2 km long.

Coldwater Species

  • Brook Trout
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Landlocked Salmon
  • Lake Trout
  • Whitefish

Warmwater Species

  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Pickerel
  • Horned Pout
  • White Perch
  • Northern Pike
  • Walleye
  • Black Crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Yellow Perch

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Mirror Lake, New Hampshire

Mirror Lake, New Hampshire (NH), United States

Facts & Statistics

Place Name - Mirror Lake

Place Status (Type) - village

Location - Carroll County, New Hampshire (NH), United States, North America

Latitude - 43°62'N

Longitude - 71°28'W

Coldwater Species

  • Brook Trout
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Landlocked Salmon
  • Lake Trout
  • Whitefish

Warmwater Species

  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Pickerel
  • Horned Pout
  • White Perch
  • Northern Pike
  • Walleye
  • Black Crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Yellow Perch

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Lake Winnisquam, New Hampshire

Winnisquam Lake, New Hampshire (NH), United States

Facts & Statistics

Place Name - Winnisquam Lake

Pronunciation - WI-nis-kwawm

Place Status (Type) - lake

Location - Belknap County, New Hampshire (NH), United States, North America

Latitude - 43 N

Longitude - 71 W

Winnisquam Lake (WI-nis-kwawm), Belknap co., central N.H., with city of Laconia on E shore, 7.5 mi/12.1 km long. Resort area. Winnipesaukee R. drains into SE side of lake from Opeche Bay of L. Winnipesaukee, at Laconia, exits lake in SW to Tilton L. Winnisquam village is on S shore.

Coldwater Species

  • Brook Trout
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Landlocked Salmon
  • Lake Trout
  • Whitefish

Warmwater Species

  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Pickerel
  • Horned Pout
  • White Perch
  • Northern Pike
  • Walleye
  • Black Crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Yellow Perch

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Merrymeeting Lake, New Hampshire

Merrymeeting Lake, New Hampshire (NH), United States

Facts & Statistics

Place Name - Merrymeeting Lake

Pronunciation - ME-ree-mee-ting

Place Status (Type) - lake

Location - Strafford County, New Hampshire (NH), United States, North America

Latitude - 43°28'N

Longitude -71°10'W

Merrymeeting Lake (ME-ree-mee-ting), Strafford co., E central N.H., in New Durham, 27 mi/43 km NE of Concord; 3 mi/4.8 km long. Drains through Merrymeeting R. (c.10 mi/16 km long), which turns NW at New Durham Village, flows past Alton to S end of L. Winnipesaukee to W. Powder Mill Fish Hatchery located below lake's outlet.

Coldwater Species

  • Brook Trout
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Landlocked Salmon
  • Lake Trout
  • Whitefish

Warmwater Species

  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Pickerel
  • Horned Pout
  • White Perch
  • Northern Pike
  • Walleye
  • Black Crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Yellow Perch

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Newfound Lake, New Hampshire

Newfound Lake, New Hampshire (NH), United States

Facts & Statistics

Place Name - Newfound Lake

Pronunciation - NOO-found

Place Status (Type) - resort lake

Location - Grafton County, New Hampshire (NH), United States, North America

Latitude - 4339'N

Longitude - 7146'W

Newfound Lake (NOO-found), Grafton co., central N.H., resort lake in hilly region 12 mi/19 km NNW of Franklin; 6 mi/9.7 km long, 2.5 mi/4 km wide. Drains S through Newfound R. (2.5 mi/4 km long), past Bristol (water power), to the Pemigewasset R.

Coldwater Species

  • Brook Trout
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Landlocked Salmon
  • Lake Trout
  • Whitefish

Warmwater Species

  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Pickerel
  • Horned Pout
  • White Perch
  • Northern Pike
  • Walleye
  • Black Crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Yellow Perch

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Lake Winnipesaukee Real Estate, New Hampshire

Lake Winnipesaukee Facts

  • Means "beautiful water in high place". A second interpetation from Indian folklore is "The smile of the great spirit"
  • 6 mapped shipwrecks
  • 55,685 acres of water, 240 miles of shoreline
  • 625 billion gallons of water
  • 270 islands, largest is 750 acres
  • Elevation 504 feet above sea level
  • Deepest point is 187 feet
  • Average depth is 43 feet
  • Clarity in Wolfeboro Bay is 25 feet (Sechi disc transparency)
  • Freezes over is between late December and early January

Ice Out Dates [Winnipesaukee] Official ice out is declared when the M/S Mount Washington can reach all 4 of its ports without touching ice. This usually occurs during April. The earliest recorded ice out was March 28th, 1921 and the latest was May 12th, 1888.

Winnipesaukee, Lake (WI-ni-puh-SAW-kee) ( 78 sq mi/202 sq km), on line bet. Carroll and Belknap cos., E central N.H. Largest lake in the state. Irregular in shape, with many arms of significance, Moultonborough Bay (NE), 10 mi/16 km long; Paugus Bay and Opeche Bay (SW), and Alton Bay (SE). It has 283 mi/455 km of shoreline and many small isls. Winnipesaukee R., central N.H., exits from Opeche Bay of L. Winnipesaukee at Laconia, Belknap co., flows 1 mi/1.6 km SW into Winnisquam L., continues SW through Tilton L. and Silver L., past Tilton, joins Pemigewasset R. at Franklin to form Merrimack R. (15 mi/24 km long). Resort area.

Coldwater Species

  • Brook Trout
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Landlocked Salmon
  • Lake Trout
  • Whitefish

Warmwater Species

  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Pickerel
  • Horned Pout
  • White Perch
  • Northern Pike
  • Walleye
  • Black Crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Yellow Perch

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Great East Lake, New Hampshire

Great East Lake, Maine (ME), United States

Facts & Statistics

Place Name - Great East Lake

Place Status (Type) - lake

Location - Maine, United States, North America

Latitude - 43°35'N

Longitude - 70°58'W

Great East Lake , SW Maine and E N.H., 13 mi/21 km NW of Sanford, Maine (ME), and just E of Wakefield, N.H.; c.4 mi/6.4 km long; 43°35'N 70°58'W. Source of Salmon Falls R.

Coldwater Species

  • Brook Trout
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Landlocked Salmon
  • Lake Trout
  • Whitefish

Warmwater Species

  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Pickerel
  • Horned Pout
  • White Perch
  • Northern Pike
  • Walleye
  • Black Crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Yellow Perch

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