Information on NH Lakes Regions

NH has over 900 named lakes and ponds recognized by the state.  Which NH Lake or Region fits your Lifestyle? 

New Hampshire does not have a sales or income tax and retirement income is not taxed. Wooden Boat Show - cheap affordable lakefront

The attraction to New Hampshire besides no sales or income tax is the close proximity to Boston, mountains, and lakes. The southern NH lakes offer lakefront owners the ability to raise their family on a quality lake with above average income potential.  ( Pawtuckaway - Bow - Pleasant - Northwood are perfect examples ) 

Each of the northern regions of the state offers different features that attract the retirement community and young families looking to build lasting memories.  I personally divide the state into above and below the notches. Above the notches often creates a commuting problem. Most want to be within 2 hours of their lake or mountain property and the drive time above the notches can exceed 4 hours in some cases.  

We concentrate on regions in NH that are within 2 hours of Boston where lakes meet the mountains, you can contact us for details in each of these markets. 

Mount Washington Valley is home to Mount Washington and some great ski resorts in NH they include Attitash, Wildcat, Bretton Woods and Cranmore. There are several major lakes in the area that give you access to these ski resorts along with all your shopping and outlets needs plus major attractions. You will find an abundance of hiking trails, fishing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and some of the best rock climbing in NH in the MWV.  The lakes in the area would include north to south, Conway, Ossipee, Dan Hole, Duncan, Province, Pine River, Lovell, Great East, and Balch Lake.  Each lake offers different boating and fishing opportunities, Ossipee being the largest at 3000 acres with 4 large bays to smaller lakes less than 100 acres.  Access to this region, Route 16 or Route 25. 

To the west lies the Lake Sunapee Region. Lake Sunapee is the main attraction with over 4000 acres offering an active sailing community, fishing, all water sports. Mount Sunapee Ski Area, which has 233 acres of skiing is the centerpiece ski area of this region. Mount Sunapee is host to 4 seasons of activities from a Zip Line to the NH Craftsmen’s Fair. The lake and mountain almost touch at the Sunapee State Park. This quaint region is not home to chain restaurants and box stores. The area has held onto its New England charm where you will find some great restaurants, golf courses and plenty of hiking trails. Just to the north, you find Dartmouth College and a hidden ski resort the Dartmouth Ski Area, also the Eastman Lake Community with golf, cross country skiing, and clubhouse that includes an indoor pool.  Lakes in the area include Perkins, Goose, Mascoma, Kolelemook, Pleasant, Massacecum, Highland, Ashuelot, and Blaisdell Lake.  Let's not forget Ragged Mountain Ski and Golf Resort in Danbury. Contact us for a complete list of lakes in this area all located off 89. 

In the center of the state, you will find the Lakes Region. This region is all about the lakes! The major lakes include Winnipesaukee, 42,000 acres, Squam 6700 acres, Winnisquam, Newfound 4000 acres, Wentworth 3000 acres, Merrymeeting, Waukewan 1000 acres plus hundreds of additional lakes with 250 to 600 acres. Winnipesaukee has it all, the ports around the lake include Wolfeboro, Meredith, Center Harbor, Alton and the Weirs in Laconia where you can park your boat and go out to dinner or shop. You will find over 250 islands with 2 popular bridged islands Governors and Black Cat Island. You could spend the whole summer at the lake and never get in your car. You can boat to get groceries, attend a concert or even go out to the movies. Squam has a mystic that surrounds the lake, the shoreline has miles of shoreline without cottages dotting the shore, a back to nature paradise. Though 6700 acres you will find more kayaks and canoes than motorboats and no cigarette boats. Newfound is the cleanest lake in the state with Plymouth just to the north and Winnisquam is a commuter's choice with Laconia on the eastern shore. Gunstock Ski Resort, with zip line, mountain coaster, cross country trails are minutes to Winnipesaukee or Winnisquam. From Exit 23 on 93, you can reach all the major lakes in 15 minutes and Ragged, Loon, Waterville, and Cannon are within 30 minutes. All the lakes in this region put you close to all the major attractions Winnipesaukee has to offer along with hundreds of restaurants and outlet shopping.  

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Our real estate services are utilized in the following NH Lakes Region Lakes and Ponds

Lake Name Location Size
Stinson Lake Rumney, Ellsworth Stinson Lake 349 acres
Loon Lake Freedom Loon Lake/Freedom 191 acres
Loon Lake Plymouth Loon Lake/Plymouth 111 acres
Loon Lake Gilmanton Loon Pond/Gilmanton 121 acres
Loon Lake Hillsborough Loon Pond/Hillsborough 155 acres (non-swimmable)
Squam Lake Ashland, Holderness, Center Harbor, Sandwich, Moultonborough Squam Lake 6,764 acres
Lake Kanasatka Moultonborough Lake Kanasatka 379 acres
Lake Waukewan Meredith, New Hampton, Center Harbor Lake Waukewan 912 acres
Winona Lake Center Harbor, New Hampton Winona Lake 154 acres
Newfound Lake Hebron, Bristol, Alexandria, Bridgewater Newfound Lake 4,106
Webster Lake Franklin Webster Lake 612 acres
Hermit Lake Sanbornton Hermit Lake 176 acres
Pemigewasset Lake Meredith, New Hampton Pemigewasset Lake 241 acres
Wicwas Lake Meredith Wicwas Lake 327 acres
Winnisquam Lake Meredith, Belmont, Sanbornton, Tilton, Laconia Winnisquam Lake 4,264 acres
Opechee Lake Laconia Opechee Lake 426 acres
Paugus Bay Laconia  Paugus Bay 1,219 acres - Winnipesaukee
Lake Winnipesaukee Alton, Center Harbor, Gilford, Laconia, Meredith, Moultonborough, Tuftonboro, Wolfeboro Lake Winnipesauke 44,585 acres
Mirror Lake Tuftonboro, Wolfeboro Mirror Lake 377 acres
Lake Wentworth Wolfeboro Lake Wentworth 3,017 acres
Merrymeeting Lake New Durham Merrymeeting Lake 1,111 acres
Sunset Lake Alton, Gilmanton Sunset Lake 204 acres
Manning Lake Gilmanton Manning Lake 201 acres
Crystal Lake Gilmanton Crystal Lake/Gilmanton 440 acres
Crystal Lake Enfield Crystal Lake/Enfield 364 acres
Crystal Lake Eaton Crystal Lake/Eaton 92 acres
Sawyer Lake Gilmanton Sawyer Lake 78 acres
Silver Lake Tilton Silver Lake/Tilton 216 acres
Silver Lake Madison Silver Lake/Madison 994 acres
Upper Suncook Lake Barnstead Upper Suncook Lake 346 acres
Lower Suncook Lake Barnstead Lower Suncook Lake 246 acres
Locke Lake Alton, Barnstead Locke Lake 210 acres
Halfmoon Lake Alton, Barnstead Halfmoon Lake/Alton, Barnstead 252 acres
Halfmoon Pond Grafton Halfmoon Pond/Grafton 20 acres
Halfmoon Pond Washington Halfmoon Pond/Washington 82 acres
Pine River Pond Wakefield Pine River Pond 593 acres
Highland Lake Stoddard, Washington Highland Lake/Stoddard, Washington 711 acres
Highland Lake Andover Highland Lake/Andover 210 acres
Pleasant Lake Deerfield Pleasant Lake/Deerfield 493 acres
Pleasant Lake New London Pleasant Lake/New London 605 acres
Pleasant Pond Warner Pleasant Pond/Warner 15 acres
Spectacle Pond Enfield Spectacle Pond/Enfield 107 acres
Spectacle Pond Groton Spectacle Pond/Groton 45 acres
Spectacle Pond Meredith Spectacle Pond/Meredith 30 acres

Also covered, but not illustrated above:   

Ashuelot Lake, Balch Lake, Belleau Lake, Blaisdell Lake, Bow Lake, Conner Pond, Conway Lake, Dan Hole Pond, Duncan Lake, Eastman Lake, Franklin Pierce Lake, Great East Lake, Gregg Lake, Jenness Pond, Kolelemook Lake, Lovell Lake, Lower Beech Pond, March Pond, Mascoma Lake, Lake Massasecum, Millen Lake, Northwood Lake, Ossipee Lake,Otter Pond, Pea Porridge Pond, Province Lake, Lake Sunapee, Sunrise Lake, Wakonda Pond, Wild Goose Pond

If you have interest in a lake or pond not listed above, don't hesitate to contact our knowledgeable friendly team.

Links to New Hampshire Lakes Information:   Click for Lake Restrictions     -  Click for Lake Maps 

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