The Lakes Region of New Hampshire is aptly named because of the many and diverse lakes in the area. If we didn’t have the lakes we’d be probably called something like the Middle Region of the State (some might call it the Middle of Nowhere) which doesn’t sound nearly as nice. Seriously though, the lakes Region has dozens of lakes ranging from something a little bigger than a mud puddle to Lake Winnipesaukee which is the third largest lake in New England and covers 44,586 acres and has 274 inhabitable islands on it. You can get lost out there! You’ll find that the lakes all offer something different in terms of activities and feel. They all have their own unique character.
The lakes are what we are all about here. They are like jewels nestled between the mountains and they create the character of the region. And it’s not that the Belknap or Ossipee Mountains aren’t beautiful too, but visitors and vacationers as well as those of us luck enough to live here all the time tend to gravitate to the lakes. There is just something about water…
Anyway, here is a sampling of the lakes. If you are looking to buy waterfront or water access property, you should consider checking out properties on several lakes. While most people come to the area looking to get on the Big Lake, as Lake Winnipesaukee is often called, you may find you dream home hidden away on one of many smaller lakes in the region. I’d be happy to help you find it.
This is a nice little lake that many people have never heard of. She’s located near historic Gilmanton Iron Works and you’ll find a great public beach and boat launch, picnic area, and ball field. It is rare to find property for sale on this lake as it seems that cottages are handed down within families or bought by neighbors before they hit the market!
GREAT EAST LAKE
Just North of the Big Lake as you pass through Center Harbor on Rt 25. Lots of small seasonal cottages, but a few larger homes springing up. No jet skis allowed.
Lake Waukewan is one of those hidden little pristine lakes that many people have overlooked. And the people that live on its shores are ecstatic about that! It is the town of Meredith’s drinking water supply, so that tells you she’s pretty clean. She is only 2.1 miles long and .9 of a mile wide, but she’s got the heart and soul of a big dog!
Located the oldest summer resort in the country, this lake is all about peace and quiet.
Lake Wickwas has a length of 1.2 miles and a width of .5 miles. Great canoeing and fishing. No jet-skis allowed.
Lake Winnipesaukee is known around here at the “Big Lake” or “Winni”. It is NH’s largest and busiest lake. Its length is 22.9 miles, width is 7.5 miles, and with an average depth is 62 ft. She is 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.
This lake is laid back and quiet! Except, that is, at the one sandbar that is party central on weekends. Winnisquam is our third largest lake and with a length of 10.5 miles, a width of 1.7 miles and average depth of 52 ft it is big enough so you don’t get bored yet small enough to keep the big speed boats and yachts away! You’ll find mostly pontoon boats and boats up to 21′ or so on this lake. You’ll find public beaches in Sanbornton, Laconia, and Belmont.
Not a lot on this little lake. A few cottages and homes. 1.3 miles long and .3 miles wide
This is one beautiful little pond. Very, very picturesque and yes, there are loon.
A popular summer cottage lake. This lake is just one of many that feed Lake Winnipesaukee. People there are happy to greet each other when they meet, hence the name Merrymeeting. Just kidding.
Not a lot of development here. Quiet and serene.
The long and skinny is this lake is long and skinny with a length of 5.7 miles and a width of 2.7 miles. Newfound is known for being one of the cleanest lakes in the United States.
You won’t find much commercial activity around this beautiful lake, just a lot of nice cottages and homes. Peace and quite. Not too far from shopping in Conway and an easy shot down Route 16 to the seacoast.
On the South side of Rt 104 coming into Meredith. Relatively affordable smaller cottages and camps. 1.1 miles long and .5 miles wide.
PINE RIVER POND
Not a lot bigger that a large puddle, Sawyer Lake has five sandy beaches for the residents of the association. Jet-skiing and waterskiing are popular activities here. An affordable lake. Average depth is about 11 feet.
Comprised of upper and lower lakes connected by a channel, this is a relatively quiet and affordable lake dotted by seasonal and year round cottages and homes. Another hidden gem!
Big Squam Lake
Squam is our second largest lake and made famous when Kate and Henry filmed “On Golden Pond” here. It has a length of 3.7 miles and a width of 3.4 miles with many islands to explore, but be careful—lots of rocks in this lake!
Little Squam Lake
Little Squam is the little sister of Big Squam. She boasts of having a multitude of wonderful lakeside season cottages and many newer high end lakefront homes. Owning property on either lake kind of puts you in an exclusive league as the cost of admission is pretty high. Little Squam is 1.7 miles long & .6 miles wide.
Mostly tiny lots with tiny cottages and homes. Association beach for those not directly on the water.
Kind of shallow, but you can get wet. Silver Lake has a length and width of .8 miles.
WHITE OAK POND
You have to look for this one. Just a few homes here. Only .9 miles long and .9 miles wide and an average depth of 16 feet.