Squam Lake History NH
Squam Lake is the second largest lake in the lakes region of New Hampshire. It is located in the towns of Ashland, Center Harbor, Holderness, Moultonborough, and Sandwich, The lake is approximately 14 miles long and 5 miles wide, with a surface area of 41 square miles, 6791 acres Squam Lake is a popular destination for fishing, bird watching, boating, and camping. Unlike other lakes in the region, the shoreline is sparsely populated often boating along you don't even see homes, but you are sure to see Loons.
The lake was first inhabited by Native Americans. The Abenaki people called the lake "Keeseenunknipee," which means "the goose lake in the highlands." The first European to see the lake was Samuel de Champlain in 1603. 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".
In the 18th century, Squam Lake became a popular destination for logging. The lake was also used as a transportation route for fur traders. In the 19th century, Squam Lake became a popular tourist destination. Hotels, cottages, and other businesses were built along the shores of the lake. The lake was also a popular destination for steamboats, which provided transportation and recreation for visitors.
Today Squam Lake continues to be a popular destination. The lake is a popular destination for hiking, boating, swimming, and fishing, The lake is home to a variety of businesses, including hotels, restaurants, and shops. Our family always gets a seasons pass to Squam Lakes Science Center where you will find wildlife in its natural habitat. The film on Golden Pond put the lake on the map.
- Home to over 200 islands.
- The lake is fed by over 30 rivers and streams and drains into the Squam River.
- You will find a variety of fish, including salmon, trout, and bass.
- Surrounding mountains include Squam Mountain Range, the Sandwich Range, and Red Hill ( my favorite hike )
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