Laurel Lake


Laurel Lake

Town(s): Fitzwilliam NH
County: Cheshire

Size: 155 acres
Average Depth: 15 feet
Maximum Depth: 49 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, Jet-skis, State & Local Rules & Regulations Apply
Boating Comments: See Association website for boating rules.
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, No Restrictions

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Blessed with a densely wooded shoreline, Laurel Lake is a magical and ethereal body of water to visit in Cheshire County. This natural freshwater lake has a small surface area, as far as lakes go in New Hampshire, at just 180 acres. Meanwhile, the lake has an average depth of 15 feet and a maximum depth of 46 feet. Public boat access is situated at the southern end of the lake and is the best way to access the lake if you’re not renting out one of the vacation homes situated around its shoreline. It’s not uncommon to find locals living around the lake whizzing through the waters on wakeboards, tubes, and waterskies. Meanwhile, canoers and kayakers can be found paddling around the shoreline in the wee hours of the morning and in the evening.

Laurel Lake is located in the town of Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire. It is a clear spring fed lake that contains Rainbow and Brown Trout, small mouth Bass as well as perch and a variety of other pan-fish. The quality of the water rates it among the top lakes in the state. The lake association continually monitors the water quality and updates its members on trends and concerns. The Laurel Lake Association is dedicated to protecting, preserving and enhancing the quality of the environment and life experiences in and around Laurel Lake in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire. The Laurel Lake Association is one of the best organized lake associations in New Hampshire. Not only have we made an impact on keeping the lake crystal clear, we have also organized several social events including the Canoe Race, Sailboat Race, 4th of July Flair Affair, Parade of Boats, Concerts on the lake and our annual newsletter. (which is only mailed to paid-up members) Your dues play an important part in keeping this organization viable. Rules governing activities at the lake have been developed to ensure safety. Lake Rules have been updated to reflect the speed limit of 40 MPH which was requested by the lake association and approved as state law in 1999. The association sponsors a weed watch committee that monitors the status of plant life in Laurel Lake. So far no Invasive Exotic weeds have been found. The water testing committee participates in the state's Volunteer Lake Assessment Program. They take water samples three times a year and bring them to Concord for evaluation.


Water Quality: Town/State Monitoring
Vegetation Growth: Minimal
Non-native Species: Unknown

Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Black Crappie, White Perch, Sunfish, Bridle Shiner

Boat Access: None, Private Lake
Parking Spaces: None

Shoreline Development: 25-50%