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 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.
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!
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.
At 4,264 acres, Lake Winnisquam is the fourth-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.
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.
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.