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One-Sixteenth of New Hampshire is covered by water, much of it in the Lakes Region, so there's plenty of opportunity for on-water fun in every season. The largest lakes in the region include Lake Winnipesaukee (72 square miles), with more than 200 miles of shoreline and 274 habitable islands; Squam Lake, where On Golden Pond was filmed; Lake Winnisquam, Newfound Lake and Ossipee Lake. The smallest is Duncan Lake (114 acres), once a favorite fishing spot of Grover Cleveland, a summer resident.


Lake Winnipesaukee  Lake Winnipesaukee

Lake Winnipesaukee is located in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire at the foothills of the White Mountains. Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest lake in the state at 72 square miles. Communities on Lake Winnipesaukee include Laconia, Lakeport, Weirs Beach, Gilford, Alton Bay, Wolfeboro, Moultonborough, Tuftonborough, Melvin Village, Center Harbor, and Meredith. More...

Newfound Lake New Hampshire

Newfound Lake

Newfound Lake, which some say is among the cleanest in the world, is 4,106 acres in size and is considered one of the deepest lakes in New Hampshire (168-feet deep at one point, and at another, 183 feet deep.) This pristine lake is about two and a half miles wide and seven miles in length. It is fed by 8 springs and has 22 miles of shoreline. Newfound Lake is proud to say it's Milfoil FREE! More...

Squam Lake New Hampshire Squam Lakes

Squam Lake, the film site for “On Golden Pond”, is known as one of the most peaceful and pristine in the country and offers visitors plenty of opportunity to enjoy its natural beauty.  Big and Little Squam lakes are naturally spring fed and connected by a channel in Holderness. Big Squam is 6 miles long, 4 miles wide and 98 feet deep. Little Squam is 2 miles long, 1/2 mile wide and 84 feet deep. More...

Lake Winnisquam New Hampshire Lake Winnisquam

At 4,264 acres, it is the third-largest lake located entirely in New Hampshire. The lake is primarily fed by the outlet from Lake Winnipesaukee, and Winnisquam's outlet is the Winnipesaukee River, flowing to the Merrimack River. Winnisquam is 10.5 miles long by 1.5 miles wide and is the 4th largest lake located entirely in New Hampshire. Communities on the lake include Sanbornton, Belmont, Laconia, Tilton and Meredith. More...

Ossipee Lake New Hampshire Ossipee Lake

Ossipee Lake is located in the north eastern portion of the Lakes Region and has 3,092 acres. It is a quiet lake known for its fishing and proximity to the Conway area. More...

Lake Sunapee New Hampshire
Lake Sunapee

Lake Sunapee is a 4100 acre lake surrounded by several beautiful state parks in the shadow of Mount Sunapee and Mount Kearsarge. It has a rural feel to it and is dotted with quaint smaller towns. More...

Highland Lake

Highland Lake is a 206 acre lake in Andover, NH (Highland Lake Inn), known for its pristine drinking water purity, ideal for all watersports and fishing. The quaint village beach is accessible only for its residents and the Inn’s guests.

Pleasant Lake

Pleasant Lake is a 606-acre (2.5 km2) lake located in Merrimack County in central New Hampshire, United States, in the town of New London. The village of Elkins is located at the east end of the lake, next to its outlet. Water from Pleasant Lake flows east to the Blackwater River, a tributary of the Contoocook River and ultimately the Merrimack River.

Kezar Lake

Kezar Lake is a 182 acre lake in North Sutton, NH consisting of 182 acres with 2.1 miles of shoreline. 26' deep. Kezar is one of the earliest developed lakes in the area, therefore there are many fine older homes around the shore creating a charming atmosphere.





New Hampshire Lakes RegionThe Lakes of New Hampshire

There are 273 lakes and ponds in the Lakes Region alone, ensuring plenty of fun throughout the seasons.


Lakes Region Tourism Association    |    PO Box 737,  Route 3, Exit 20, Tilton NH 03276    |    (603) 286-8008 / (800) 60-LAKES    |

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