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What New Hampshire lake will work for your family? Part 2. Winnipesaukee - Merrymeeting - Kanasatka

What New Hampshire lake will work for your family? Part 2.

With over 250 lakes in the greater lakes region choices are endless. Let's look at a region of the state and slowly work across the state. Part 1 we reviewed the Lakes off Route 16.

The NH Lakes Region encompasses many wonderful lakes that include four of our larger lakes, Winnipesaukee, Winnisquam, Squam, and Newfound. Let's examine my top 3 choices in the lakes region.

Winnipesaukee is a clear choice. The main attractions is the unlimited boating adventures. You could easily park your car for the summer and travel only by boat. You can go out to dinner by boat, go grocery shopping and even attend concerts at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion / Meadowbrook all by boat. As you head around the lake, Alton, Gilford, Laconia and Meredith are on the western shoreline with easy assess to Gunstock Ski Resort where you can enjoy downhill and cross-country skiing. At the northern tip of the lake you have Center Harbor, Moultonborough, Tuftonboro, and Wolfeboro the Oldest Summer Resort in the United States. Prices on the water start at $700,000 but you will also find some great condo and water access communities with pricing $250,000 up. You will never run out of activities, golf, boat shows to pond hockey no matter what season. If low taxes are of concern, Moultonborough, Tuftonboro have some of the lowest taxes in NH with Alton, Center Harbor, Meredith not far behind.

The next choice is a tough one but I would have to choose Merrymeeting Lake. This 1200 acre spring fed crystal clear glacial lake sits in a valley surrounded by mountains. You drive out on Merrymeeting Lake Road just past the NH Fish and Game Hatchery and run smack into the lake. The two main roads are South Shore and North Shore Roads. Most of the shoreline is rocky and many of the homes have steep driveways or many steps down to the lake. The lake is deep and holds some big rainbow trout. Gunstock Ski Resort is an easy drive from anyplace on the lake. Some of the homes off South Shore or the eastern shoreline have sandy bottom swimming. Shopping is close by in Alton and Wolfeboro. My favorite restaurant is Johnsons Dairy Bar on Route 11 just a short drive from the lake. Make sure you try the ice cream. One visit and you will fall in love with this close to perfect lake fully located in New Durham, NH. Prices start at $400,000.

Next stop takes us north to Moultonborough, Lake Kanasatka. Kanasatka is 371 acres with crystal clear water and well know for Loon nesting areas. The lake is located just east of Center Harbor with a small section of the lake visible from Route 25. Most of the shoreline of the lake is sandy and the home lots are wooded. My favorite hiking trail is located on the backside of the lake. Red Hill Trail has fantastic views of Squam and Winnipesaukee from the active fire tower at the top. Shopping and restaurants are located in Center Harbor, Meredith and all the attractions that Winnipesaukee has to offer are all at your doorstep. The closest ski areas would be Ragged, Loon, Waterville or Cannon. Prices start in the $400,000 range and Moultonborough is a low property tax community.

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