Squam Lakes Region Area Information

Big Squam Lake - Squam Lake is New Hampshire’s second largest lake with 67 islands to explore. It has a length of 3.7 miles and a width of 3.4 miles.

  • Area: 6,765 acres
  • Max Depth: 98 feet
  • Shoreline: 60.5 miles
  • Location: Holderness, Center Harbor, Sandwich, Moultonboro.

In 1981, Squam Lake was transformed by the arrival of the Hollywood film crew to make the Academy Award winning film written by Ernest Thompson, On Golden Pond. Starring Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Dabney Coleman, and Doug McKeon, this film is a touching love story of Norman and Ethel Thayer as they return to their summer home on Golden Pond for the 44th year. The producers chose Squam Lake as the perfect backdrop for the film and today visitors still come to see the sites where Hollywood left its marks.


Squam lake borders the towns of Sandwich, Moultonboro, Holderness, Center Harbor, and Ashland. The Lakes Region area is also home to Lake Winnepesauke, Lake Waukewan, Lake Kanasatka, Lake Winnisquam, Winnona Lake and Newfound Lake.

Local Attractions and Family Fun

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center 

The main goal of the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center (SLNSC) is to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire’s natural world. Through spectacular live animal exhibits, natural science education programs, and lake cruises, the center has educated and enlightened visitors for over forty years about our natural world. Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is located on Route 113 in Holderness, exit 24 off I-93, and is open daily from May 1 through November 1.

Holderness NH/Squam Lake Chamber of Commerce

The Squam Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is organized for the purpose of advancing the commercial, industrial, civic, tourism and general business interest of the Squam Lakes and surrounding areas.

 

The Loon Center & Markus Wildlife Sanctuary

Home of the Loon Preservation Committee, the Center offers nature trails, interactive exhibits, videos and The Loon’s Feather Gift Shop, Admission is free and the center is open Mon – Sat, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. year-round; 7 days July – Columbus Day. Located at 183 Lee's Mills Road P O Box 604 Moultonborough


Castle In the Clouds - The Castle in the Clounds spectacular mountaintop estate offers a 270-degree view of the mountains and lakes.  The Castle is an iconic, turn-of-the-century 16-room Arts & Crafts mansion perched high on a pristine mountaintop estate overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee. From the Castle, you are able to see the true beauty of New Hampshire. Walk or hike the 45-miles of trails, stroll the winding paths along beautiful gardens and gorgeous waterfalls, feed the giant trout in Shannon Pond, visit the gift shop and the art gallery, and tour the historic mansion.

 

The Sandwich Fair - Enjoy the fall foliage on your way to the Sandwich Fair. This is a family event you will enjoy. Have fun on the amusement rides, play carnival games or jump in the bouncy house before you make your way over to visit the animals and petting zoo. Before you leave the fair be sure to visit the wide array of booths and grab some fried dough or cotton candy for the entire family!

The Little Church Theatre        - The Little Church Theatre offers the community the opportunity to experience unique cultural events and to share themselves, expressing their individual creativity through various mediums of art. They offer workshops and performances that cover all areas of the arts including theater, acting, improvisation, dance, music, singing, painting, sculpture, photography, drawing and storytelling. This is a wonderful family event. Please click here for the calendar of events.

Golfing

Owls Nest Golf Club - Owl's Nest Resort & Golf Club is located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and offers exceptional value in New England resort living. At Owls Nest you are surrounded by abundant four-season recreation and breathtaking mountain views, making it the perfect place for your year-round or vacation home.

They offer an award-winning 18-hole golf course that was listed in Golf Digest's Top Ten New Hampshire golf courses. This championship golf course makes every round memorable and fun.

White Mountain Country Club - The White Mountain Country Club 18 hole championship course was designed by renowned golf course architect, Geoffrey Cornish. This course offers a user friendly layout nestled along the Pemigewassett River. It offers golfers of all abilities a truly great golfing experience. The resort course design offers wide manicured fairways, strategically placed bunkers and soft velvet bent grass greens.

Hiking Trails

Mount Percival Mount Morgan Loop Trail - Morgan and Percival are the mountain version of Siamese twins, connected at the shoulder. Both have open, rocky tops. Both can be hiked alone or together as a loop. If opting for the loop, the only argument for going up Percival and down Morgan is that the descent to your car is less steep, and shorter because the parking lot is at the base of Morgan.

West Rattlesnake Mountain - This hike goes to the summit of West Rattlesnake Mountain and offers fantastic views of Squam Lake and its many islands at the foot of the mountain. This is an easy to moderate hike.

Boating

Boating on Squam is truly a wonderful experience. It doesn't matter if you travel Squam Lake by kayak, pontoon boat, canoe or on water skis you are sure to enjoy the clean water and unspoiled beauty Squam Lake has to offer. Below is a list of local marinas providing boat services on and around the Squam Lakes.

RiverEdge Marina - RiverEdge has the most diverse rental boat fleet on Squam Lake, winter storage, boat slip sales, summer slip rental, valet service, bath and shower house, town beach, clubhouse, barbeque areas, internet access and a ship store stocked to meet the needs of any customer.


Holderness Harbor - Offering seasonal boathouse and open slip rentals in a protected no wake cove, valet/dry stack storage, off premises boat trailer storage and the exclusive Holderness Harbor Club. The main building is home to the Asquam Marina Ship Store, business office, Boathouse Café, bathroom facilities and the Harborview Room (function room and Holderness Harbor Clubhouse).


Squam Boat Livery - Squam Boat Liver has been located in Holderness since the turn of the century. It is a family owned and operated business. They offer sales, rentals and shop services of many different style boats.


Experience Squam Excursions - Experience Squam Lake aboard a 21' Sea Ray Bow-Rider. Bask in the sun or stay shaded under the boat's canopy. Anchor in quiet coves or off sandy beaches, swim or jump off the boat. This is the perfect excursion for those who'd like to rent a boat for a day or a couple of hours, but are leery of navigating Squam's shallow and rocky waterways, and don't want to have to get a boater's license. Bathroom facilities are accessible on several public islands. All of their boat operators are commercially licensed and insured and have 25 years of boating experience on Squam.

Schools

There are many school in the Squam Lakes and surrounding areas.