Squam Lake, one of New Hampshire’s real treasures, remains one of our favorite lakes for an extended visit. This large, highly varied lake boasts dozens of islands, deep coves, and marshy inlets to explore. One could easily paddle every day for a week and still not explore the entirety of its 60-mile shoreline and all of the islands. Clean, crystal-clear water and sandy white beaches make for ideal swimming.
Squam Lake, the setting for the film On Golden Pond, has its drawbacks, however. A fair amount of development crowds the shoreline and many of the islands. While the dreaded personal watercraft are banned, heavy motorboat traffic can make paddling unenjoyable, and even dangerous, during the summer months. If you decide to do a moonlight paddle, carry a bright flashlight to warn away oncoming motorboats.
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