Squam Lake is another famous lake in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Squam Lake got its fame from the Academy Award winning movie, “On Golden Pond”, though it is not a pond! Squam Lake is north of Lake Winnipesaukee, though the town of Meredith borders both lakes (and Meredith real estate is highly desirable because of that!), and south of New Hampshire’s world renowned White Mountains. Squam Lake consists of Big Squam Lake and Little Squam Lake, both of which have had many names over the centuries, though their scenery has largely remained the same. Both Little Squam Lake and Big Squam Lake are naturally spring-fed and connected by a channel in Holderness, New Hampshire. Big Squam Lake has 61 miles of shoreline and is the second largest lake located entirely in the state of New Hampshire. Little Squam Lake is much smaller, but just as pristine. Big Squam Lake and Little Squam Lake are host to 67 islands, including Moon Island and Bowman Island.
Squam Lake is a nesting ground for common loons, bald eagles, and great blue herons, attracting bird lovers from all over. Squam Lake doesn’t have the activity level that Lake Winnipesaukee has, making it ideal for many looking for serenity and access to all of the waterfront and non-waterfront activities the Lakes Region provides. Read on to learn more about the towns on Squam Lake or check out the links below to view Squam Lake real estate.
Towns on Squam Lake
- Ashland - Ashland sits at the southwest corner of Squam Lake and is the closest Squam Lake town to Interstate 93. The Squam River runs through Ashland, which is also one of the Lakes Region's smaller towns. Ashland is home to beautiful trails within the Scribner-Fellows State Forest.
- Holderness - Holderness is a bustling town on Squam Lake, home to the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center and the Holderness School, a highly regarded New England Boarding school.
- Sandwich - Sandwich is a small town, just a little bigger than Center Harbor, with a tight-knit community and easy access to all of the tourist attractions of Squam Lake and Lake Winnipesaukee while feeling worlds away. The town of Sandwich sits between the White Mountain National Forest to the north and Squam Lake to the south, and includes the villages of Center Sandwich and North Sandwich.
- Center Harbor - Center Harbor is a lovely town that sits between Squam Lake to the north and Lake Winnipesaukee to the south. Center Harbor is one of the smallest towns in New Hampshire's Lakes Region and contains the least shoreline. Center Harbor has about three miles of shoreline on Big Squam Lake and one mile of Lake Winnipesaukee waterfront. With town beaches on both Squam Lake and Lake Winnipesaukee, Center Harbor offers its residents easy access to two of the most beautiful lakes in New England, as well as everything else the Lakes Region has to offer.
- Moultonborough - Moultonborough sits on the shores of Squam Lake and Lake Winnipesaukee. There are many other lakes and ponds in Moultonborough and land has remained protected along its miles of shoreline, making Moultonborough a very popular community for retirees and luxury lakefront homeowners.
- Water sports - kayaking, canoeing, sailing, boating, and more are favorite activities on both Big Squam Lake and Little Squam Lake.
- Hiking - from the Squam Range Traverse to West Rattlesnake Mountain, there are great options for hikers of all abilities. Head north to the White Mountains for the most challenging and rewarding hikes!
- Winter sports - the Squam Lake area is close to several resorts offering downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and other winter recreation opportunities. Ice fishing is also a favorite pastime on the Lakes.