Winnisquam Lake, NH


Winnisquam Lake

Town(s): Belmont NH, Laconia NH, Meredith NH, Sanbornton NH, Tilton NH
County: Belknap

Size: 4237 acres
Average Depth: 49 feet
Maximum Depth: 170 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, Jet-skis, State & Local Rules & Regulations Apply
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, No Restrictions

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Covering 4,237 acres, Winnisquam Lake is New Hampshire's fourth-largest lake located entirely within the state's borders. Nestled into New Hampshire's "Lakes Region" with the town of Laconia on its eastern shore, Lake Winnesquam enjoys a healthy mix of residents and visitors on its shores, all enjoying its plentiful recreational options.

Fishing is one of the top events, as the lake is naturally and artificially stocked with bass, trout, and salmon. Bass tournaments are not uncommon here, and Lake Winnisquam anglers love a bit of competition as they drop a line in, looking for their next record-breaker. And even when you're not competing, fishing along the lake is a unique experience. Surrounded by waters so clear they could be a mirror, trees greener than you've ever seen, and fauna that seem to be around every bend, you'll drift along in your boat, simply enjoying the beauty that is Winnisquam Lake.

Ahern State Park, sharing shoreline with Winnisquam Lake, offers 128 acres of New Hampshire state park for exploration. Hiking trails and paths wind their way through sweet-scented evergreens and are so tranquil that you'll feel like you've gone back to a time when man-made noises were restricted to axes on tree trunks. A sandy beach is available for public use, and those brave enough to dive into Winnisquam Lake's cool spring-fed waters will find them incredibly refreshing.

Lake activities do not come to a halt when the mercury dips. If you're lucky enough to visit during the fall months, you will be treated to one of New England's greatest natural treasures: the changing of the leaves. Spectacular reds, oranges, and yellows paint the scenery and are equaled only by the brilliance of a sunset. In winter, the surrounding area is perfect for sledding, cross-country skiing, an annual dog sled derby, and good, old-fashioned snowball contests capped off by steaming mugs of hot chocolate.


Water Quality: No Known Issues, Town/State Monitoring
Vegetation Growth: Minimal
Non-native Species: Unknown

Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Salmon, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Yellow Perch, White Perch, Brown Bullhead, Bluegill, White Sucker, Bridle Shiner

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Ramp Comments: ACCESS: Winnisquam Access (Water St); Ahern State Park.
Parking Spaces: More than 40

Directions: Directions: Water St, Laconia.
Shoreline Development: 25-50%