What New Hampshire lake will work for your family? Part 4. Squam - Wentworth - Stinson
With over 250 lakes in the greater lakes region choices are endless. Some top lake choices in each area. Parts 1, 2 and 3 reviewed Rt 16, Lakes Region, and Sunapee area.
If you are looking for a nostalgic lake that gives you the feeling of the 1940's. These three lakes fit the bill.
Squam Lake New Hampshires 2nd largest lake at 6700 acres brings you back in time. Much of the shoreline on Squam is in conservation and many estates along the lake are tucked back in the woods. There are 30 islands many open to exploring. Squam Lake is a nesting site for common 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 towns around the lake are Ashland, Holderness, Center Harbor, Sandwich, and Moultonborough. The surrounding mountains, which include the Squam Mountain range, the Sandwich range, and Red Hill offer some great hiking opportunities. No big box stores, no fast food restaurants I don't think you will even find a Dunkin Donuts near the lake. Make sure you visit the Squam Lakes Science Center, local birds and wildlife in a natural atmosphere. The film on Golden Pond was filmed on the lake. Watch out for rocks while your boating. Homes start at $725,000
Head over to Wolfeboro and just out of town you will find 3000 acre Lake Wentworth. There are 18 named islands, Stamp Island is the largest where you can go ashore and explore. The lake flows out through the Smith River to Crescent Lake and the boat launch. The lakes shoreline is dotted with cottages and homes and the shore is rocky and sandy depending on exposure. You will find open sections of shoreline with no homes and few large estates on the lake. This quiet peaceful lake is perfect for a day of sailing or kayaking around the islands. One of the many state parks is located on Governor John Wentworth Highway. Head 15 minutes into town and you will find yourself in a hub of excitement with museums, art galleries, shops and the Winnipesaukee shoreline. Lake Winnipesaukee Golf Club is located on the out skirts of town and a public course is in town. There is family ski area in town and Gunstock is about 35 minutes away. Homes start in the $500,000 range.
North of the lakes region in Rumney you will find a mountain top lake in the White Mountain National Forest call Stinson Lake. This 342 acre spring fed glacial lake is surrounded mountains. The shore bottom is rocky to sand and you will find the shore dotted with year round homes with some built in years prior in need of saving. Stinson Lake is the only lake in the National Forest that allows motor-boating. The fishing is great for lake and rainbow trout winter and summer. In the summer you can access the lake from Exit 26 or 28 on 93. The northern road in the winter closes so your only access is from Plymouth a college town with all the amenities you will need 15 minutes from the lake. Summer hiking trails abound with winter holding some of the best snowmobile trails in NH.
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