Nubanusit Lake and Spoonwood Pond

Nelson, New Hampshire

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Explore this crystal clear lake to see a bald eagle nest, ride a thrilling rope swing, and take a small portage to a hidden pond with backcountry campsites. Nubanusit Lake’s geology and topography make for the clearest waters we’ve seen on any lake in New Hampshire. While it can get busy on a hot summer day, it is a big lake and there are secluded corners to which you can retreat. And, if you are willing to do a 100-foot portage, you can paddle Spoonwood Pond, which offers all of the beauty, clear water, and granite slabs of Nubanusit Lake without any motorboats.
Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire,  and Vermont

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Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont

by Ethan Hipple and Yemaya St. Clair (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Explore this crystal clear lake to see a bald eagle nest, ride a thrilling rope swing, and take a small portage to a hidden pond with backcountry campsites. Nubanusit Lake’s geology and topography make for the clearest waters we’ve seen on any lake in New Hampshire.

While it can get busy on a hot summer day, it is a big lake and there are secluded corners to which you can retreat. And, if you are willing to do a 100-foot portage, you can paddle Spoonwood Pond, which offers all of the beauty, clear water, and granite slabs of Nubanusit Lake without any motorboats.

© 2014 Ethan Hipple and Yemaya St. Clair/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Nelson
Distance: 2.0–4.0 miles
Skill Level: Easy
Class: Class I
Season: No posted hours
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Harris Center for Conservation Education, 603-525-3394, harriscenter.org; New Hampshire Fish and Game, wildnh.com
Local Maps: USGS Peterborough North quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Nubanusit Lake and Spoonwood Pond

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