Winnisquam Lake, New Hampshire, USA
Also known as: Lake Winnisqam
Located in New Hampshire’s “Lakes Region”, Winnisquam Lake holds the distinction of being the fourth-largest lake located completely within the NH state borders. The lake covers 4,238 acres with the small city of Laconia sitting on its east shore. Nothing quite compares to the splendor of New Hampshire’s outdoors, and the beauty of the pines reflecting on Winnisquam Lake will simply entrance you. Activities around the lake…
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- All About Winnisquam Lake
- Where to Stay
- Vacation Planning Tools
- Things to Do
- Known Fish Species
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All About Winnisquam Lake, NH
Located in New Hampshire’s “Lakes Region”, Winnisquam Lake holds the distinction of being the fourth-largest lake located completely within the NH state borders. The lake covers 4,238 acres with the small city of Laconia sitting on its east shore. Nothing quite compares to the splendor of New Hampshire’s outdoors, and the beauty of the pines reflecting on Winnisquam Lake will simply entrance you. Activities around the lake focus on this fact, and you’ll spend most of your time outdoors when you’re here. Lake Winnesquam, as it’s also known, greets an eclectic mix of residents and visitors to it’s environs to enjoy its plentiful recreational options.
Winnisquam Lake holds salmon, trout and bass, trout, both reproducing naturally and artificially stocked. Bass tournaments are a common occurrence here, with anglers engaging in friendly competition as they make every cast in anticipation of a record-breaking catch. Even if not fishing competitively, the lake can provide a unique fishing experience. The water is clear; so clear that watching the fish is nearly as entertaining as attempting to catch them. The beauty of the green, tree-lined shoreline invites one to simply float along enjoying the sight of the large amount of wildlife that seems to appear in every cove and inlet.
Ahern State Park follows the shoreline of Winnisquam Lake, offering 128 acres of paths and hiking trails winding their way through pungent evergreens. So tranquil is the park that you’ll feel like you have gone back in time, to an era when the sound of man’s machines didn’t pierce nature’s stillness. The State Park provides a sandy beach to entice swimmers to the cool and refreshing spring-fed waters.
Summer isn’t the only season to visit Winnisquam Lake. A favorite fall color destination, the reds, golds and oranges of New England’s hardwoods is especially beautiful here. Reflected a second time in the mirror-surface of the lake, the autumn colors provide for spectacular photography opportunities amid breath-taking beauty. Winter brings winter sports fans for sledding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowball fights. The annual dog-sled derby is not to be missed. And a winter’s adventure-day at Winnisquam Lake can only be considered complete when a steaming cup of hot chocolate ends the day. Make sure you arrive in time to get yours!
Things to Do at Winnisquam Lake
These are some activities in the Winnisquam Lake, NH area visitors can enjoy:
- Vacation Rentals
- Fishing Tournaments
- Cross-Country Skiing
- Wildlife Viewing
- State Park
What Kind of Fish Are in Winnisquam Lake?
Winnisquam Lake has been known to have the following fish species:
Find Places to Stay at Winnisquam Lake
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More Sites to Book a Winnisquam Lake Vacation
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Winnisquam Lake Statistics & Helpful Links
Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed
Water Level Control: New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
Surface Area: 4,264 acres
Shoreline Length: 28 miles
Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 482 feet
Average Depth: 50 feet
Maximum Depth: 174 feet
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