Squam Lake

New Hampshire, United States
Type: Lakes
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Squam Lake, nestled in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, is renowned for its tranquil beauty, pristine waters, and rich history. Spanning approximately 6,791 acres, it is the second-largest lake in New Hampshire, after Lake Winnipesaukee. Squam Lake is part of a network of interconnected lakes and waterways, including Little Squam Lake, and is known for its unspoiled natural environment, making it a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.

The lake gained national recognition as the filming location for the classic 1981 movie "On Golden Pond." This connection has helped to preserve the lake's serene and rustic charm, as much of the surrounding area remains undeveloped and dedicated to conservation. Visitors to Squam Lake can explore its clear waters by kayak, canoe, or boat, enjoying the scenic beauty of the forested shoreline and the numerous small islands that dot the lake. Fishing is also popular, with species such as smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and lake trout inhabiting the waters.

Squam Lake offers a variety of outdoor activities and attractions. The Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness provides an educational experience where visitors can learn about the local wildlife and ecosystems through live animal exhibits and interactive displays. The center also offers guided boat tours of the lake, providing insights into its natural history and ecology. Hiking enthusiasts can explore trails in the surrounding hills, such as the West Rattlesnake Mountain Trail, which offers breathtaking panoramic views of the lake and the surrounding mountains.

Squam Lake is a year-round destination, though its peak season is during the warmer months from late spring through early fall. Autumn is particularly spectacular, as the foliage transforms the landscape into a vibrant tapestry of colors. In winter, the area offers opportunities for ice fishing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. With its blend of natural beauty, recreational opportunities, and serene atmosphere, Squam Lake is a quintessential New England destination that captivates all who visit.

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