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Boating and Marinas in the Lake Region of New Hampshire

The Lakes Region:
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photo of Squam Lake in the Lake Region of New Hampshire

Squam Lake Area

Squam Lake is the very same lake as featured in the film, "On Golden Pond." To commemorate this, there are guided boat tours available across this pristine lake. Holderness and Ashland are the two main towns on Squam Lake, complete with many lovely cottages, restaurants, inns, and a covered bridge over the Squam River. The Science Center of New Hampshire is located in Holderness, and features a huge wildlife trail where you can see all varieties of animals living in their natural habitats while undergoing physical rehabilitation. Squam Lake lies to the northwest of Winnipesaukee and can be reached by following Route 3/25 North from Weirs Beach.

Other Lakes

Lake Winnisquam is the setting for the towns of Belmont, Meredith, Sanbornton, and Tilton, and its shoreline also laps at the city of Laconia. This is an area full of cottages, resorts, and bed & breakfast inns. A large factory outlet shopping center is located in Tilton. This area lies just to the west of Laconia and Weirs Beach.

photo of canoeing in the Lake Region of New Hampshire

The Ossipee and White Lakes are located in the northeast corner of the Lakes Region, close to the Maine state line. Tamworth is the main city worth noting in this area, as it is home to the very popular White Lake State Park, which features campgrounds, boat rentals, and areas for swimming and fishing along the shores of the beautiful White Lake. The town is also a great place for mountain biking and is home to the Barnstormers, New Hampshire's oldest summer theater.


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. Boaters visiting Gilford and the surrounding area even have the opportunity to stay there overnight at the state's only mooring field.

Boaters should remember that all water craft, whether motorized or wind-powered, must be registered. Reciprocity exists with most states. Life jackets are required for everyone aboard a boat. Being aware of the rules and safety precautions that must be observed with make for a safer and more enjoyable experience for everyone.

New Hampshire Department of Safety's Marine Patrol Division
Winnipesaukee office located in Gilford
Provides information on NH boating laws and courses on boating safety
(603) 293-2037
Toll Free: 877-642-9700
Lakes Region Association
Assists with registration, regulations, marine supplies, and services.
(603) 253-8555


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.

Dive Winnipesaukee
P.O. Box 2198, 4 N. Main St.
Wolfeboro, NH 03894
(603) 569-8080
(603) 569-2120
Located in Wolfeboro Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee
Rents ski boats and equipment, canoes, sailboats, sailboards, and rowboats. Gas docks and water ski lessons.
Fay's Boat Yard, Inc.
71 Varney Point Rd.
Gilford, NH 03246
(603) 293-0700
Toll Free: 888-544-0039
Located in Smith Cove on Lake Winnipesaukee.
Rents outboards, ski boats and equipment, canoes, sailboats, pontoon boats, and row boats. Features New Hampshire's only mooring field for overnight boaters.
Thurston's Marina
18 Endicott St. No.
Weirs Beach, NH 03247-5400
(603) 366-4811
Located on the Paugus Bay Channel on Lake Winnipesaukee.
Rents pontoon boats and ski boats with optional water-ski equipment. Full service marine including sales, docks, storage, and repairs.

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