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Squam Lakes Facts and Lakefront Real Estate

Squam Lake is a lake located in central New Hampshire, south of the White Mountains,

Squam Lake was originally called 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 19th century, the lake was given another Abenaki name, Asquam, which means "water". Finally, in the early 20th century, Asquam was shortened to its present version, Squam.

The 1981 film On Golden Pond was filmed in the town of Center Harbor on Squam Lake.[2] There is one tour boat service offered by the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, based in Holderness, that will show visitors where all the filming locations are situated, as well as items of natural significance.

Squam Lake is a nesting site for loons and is a good place to see them in breeding plumage during the summer months. Bald eagles and great blue herons are also known to nest on the lake.

The lake is classified as a cold- and warmwater fishery, with observed species including rainbow trout, landlocked salmon, lake trout, lake whitefish, smallmouth and largemouth bass, chain pickerel, horned pout, and white perch.

Squam Lake has about 30 named islands and numerous smaller, unnamed islets. The named islands are:

Basin Island Birch Island Bowman Island Carnes Island Chocorua (Church) Island Duck Island Great Island Groton Island High Haith (at 243 acres (98 ha), the largest island, bridged ) Hoag Island Hubble Island Kate Island Kent Island Kimball Island Laurel Island Little Loon Island (nesting site to bald eagles ) Long Island Loon Island Merrill Island Mink Island Mooney (or Moon) Island Mouse Island Otter Island Perch Island Potato Island Sheep Island Three Sisters (three separate islands) Utopia Island Yard Island


NH Second Largest Lake

NH Second Largest Lake


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