Suncook River

Barnstead, New Hampshire

Suncook River

Suncook River Professional Guide

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"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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Beverly, MA
Pathfinder | 130 pts
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I go kayaking on Squam Lake every year – it is so beautiful and peaceful. You can launch your boat (or rent one) from the Squam Lake Association (www.squamlakes.org). You can land on public islands maintained by the Squam Lake Association. I highly recommend paddling out to Moon Island and Bowman Island. There you can swim, picnic and enjoy the sounds of the loons.
Cortland, NY
Explorer | 21 pts
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First experience in sea kayaks; from public boat launch at Holderness to Moon Island and back. Beautiful lake with miles of shoreline, but almost completely private and unavailable. Wind picked up in the afternoon and made the return trip a bit rougher. Beautiful place to spend a day.

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