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The Lakes Region:

When it comes to recreation, the Lakes Region has it all: campgrounds, state parks, scenic roads, plenty of guided tours, and, of course, all those beautiful lakes. So whether you want to sleep under the stars or bike across town, boat across a lake, you've come to the perfect place.

Recreation in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire
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Boating in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire

Boating & Marinas

The Lakes Region is a boater's paradise, filled with rivers, stream, and a grand total of 273 fresh water lakes and ponds, all of which are open to the public and patrolled by the state to ensure safety on the water. For more about boating and marinas see page: Boating & Marinas

Campgrounds & State Parks

Few things are more satisfying than spending the day in an unspoiled park, swimming in a clear, cool lake under a deep blue sky. The Lakes Region has four state parks on the shores of its crystal lakes. Together, these parks not only offer opportunities for picnicking, swimming, and fishing, but they also offer an alternative to camping at private campgrounds. For more information and a directory Click Here: Campgrounds & Parks

Covered Bridges & Scenic Drives

The Lake Region has its fair share of covered bridges, off the beaten path in rustic forests and on little-traveled country roads. If you're looking to photograph a covered bridge or simply picnic in the presence of one of these reminders of yesteryear, the following is a list of the major covered bridges in the Lakes Region and their approximate locations. For more information and list of Covered Bridges and Scenic Drives click here.


The hundreds of lakes, ponds, and rivers in the Lakes Region are teeming with a great variety of cold and warm water fish, making the area popular with anglers. The fishing season begins in April when the "ice out" occurs. Early catches include salmon, rainbow and lake trout, and white perch. Both smallmouth and largemouth bass, pickerel, perch, and sunfish appear later into the summer. The season continues until the late months of autumn, then resumes again when "hard water" takes place. For more information click here: Fishing


The Lakes Region boasts a number of fine golf courses, the majority of which are open to the public. Not only are courses immaculately maintained, but they make good use of the area's rolling topography, resulting in some rather creative layouts. All of this is complemented by the spectacular backdrop of golden lakes, purple mountains, and scenic countryside.

For a listing of Lakes Region golf courses, Click here: Golf

Biking in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire

Hiking & Mountain Biking

There are enough beautiful trails in the Granite State that you could hike your entire life and barely cover them all. To make your choice easier, however, here are some of the best trails in the Lakes Region.

The Lakes Region has great terrain for mountain bikers and street cyclists. Gunstock and Waterville Valley both have ski area trail systems that can be used. In towns like Wolfeboro, Ashland, Sandwich, and Danbury, there are varying trail networks, from gravel roads to abandoned rail beds. Big biking events are held regularly in Waterville Valley, Bristol, and at Gunstock. For more information and a directory click here: Hiking & Biking

Horseback Riding

For horse lovers of all kinds, the Lakes Region offers many opportunities to pursue your dreams. Miles of endless trails criss-cross the region, offering many unique vistas and breathtaking scenery. For more information and guides click here: Horseback Riding.


Lake Winnipesaukee has three major marinas hidden away among its harbors. Accommodating and renting just about every type of recreational water vehicle, these marinas should meet all your needs in boating, skiing, and fishing. For more information about Boating and Marinas click here: Boating


There's no secret that New Hampshire is easily one of the best places for skiing in the East, if not in the entire nation. The state's resorts are recognized nationwide for their easy accessibility, well-maintained trails, and breathtaking natural beauty. Additionally, the high elevations and latitude keep ski areas in action for most of the year with consistent snow cover and plenty of happy skiers.

Not only is the Granite State first-rate when it comes to cross-country and Alpine skiing, but it's also a popular spot for snowmobiling, boasting more than 6,000 miles of extensive, interconnected snowmobile trails. New Hampshire, along with Vermont, are now sharing a series of Commerce Zone Trails, snowmobile trails that wind past businesses, restaurants, and lodging, all of which cater to snowmobilers.

For more information on skiing in the New Hampshire and the Lakes Region, including a listing of New Hampshire ski facilities, please Click here Skiing.

Tour and Guide Services

The tour services of the Lakes Region will take you on trips just about anywhere, from the waters of Lake Winnipesaukee to the towns of Carroll County to the backroads of Center Harbor. With a little help and a few tips from these local guides, your experiences in and your appreciation of the Lakes Region will be significantly enhanced. Click here for a directory of Tour & Guide Services.

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