New Hampshire Nature February 03, 2017
11 Beautiful New Hampshire Lakes With A Magical Aura About Them
It’s cold in snowy here in New Hampshire, but we can still dream of summer time. In fact, many people in New Hampshire will tell you that February is when they start having lake dreams — longing for that body of water that is absolutely magical to them. Whether you’ve been visiting the same lake for generations or you hop from lake to lake in order to see them all, New Hampshire lakes are absolutely enchanting. Here are a few of our favorites:
1. Chocorua Lake, Tamworth
This mile-long lake is small by New Hampshire standards, but the view backs a big punch. The view looking across the lake toward Mount Chocorua is one of the most photographed in New Hampshire. Plus, with no motorized boats allowed, this lake is a little slice of heaven.
2. Lakes of the Clouds, Mount Washington
This series of small ponds is located 5,000 feet above sea level on the ridge between Mount Monroe and Mount Washington. When you see their location you'll understand why these lakes are truly magical.
3. Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge, Jefferson
This little-know wetland in the middle of the White Mountains is a gorgeous and under-explored lake.
4. Lake Winnipesaukee
Lake Winnipesaukee is 21 miles long and up to 9 miles wide, making it the largest of the New Hampshire lakes by a long shot. Lake Winnipesaukee has everything you could want - from narrow channels perfect for fishing to large open expanses where the lake is more than 200 feet deep!
5. Umbagog Lake, Errol
This large, shallow lake that straddles the New Hampshire-Maine state line is simply stunning. There are a variety of different environments to explore, and the wildlife, from moose to bald eagles, loves to visit as well.
6. Pawtuckaway Lake, Nottingham
Located in the south of the state, Pawtuckaway Lake, also known as Pawtuckaway Pond, is the perfect destination for a day trip or when you just need a quick minute to escape to the lake!
7. Squam Lake, Holderness
One of the most popular lakes in New Hampshire, Squam was made famous when the hit movie "On Golden Pond" was filmed here in the 1980s. When you visit you'll understand why Hollywood chose this lake to represent rural bliss.
8. Echo Lake, North Conway
Lying just under Cathedral Ledge, this lake and its surroundings come together for a truly magical view. While it gets busy during peak season, Echo Lake is stunning year round.
9. Mascoma Lake, Enfield
Mascoma is a favorite New Hampshire Lake for people in the west of the state. Although it's less busy than some of its more popular counter parts, the lake is large enough to keep you entertained for a day or a lifetime.
10. Lake Sunapee
New Hampshire's fifth-largest lake is long and thin, stretching from Sunapee to Newport. The lake is popular in the summer, but also much loved during the winter when the crowds that come to ski Mount Sunapee turn to the lake to ice fish and snow mobile.
11. Lake Francis, Pittsburg
Lake Francis is one of the lakes that make up the start of the Connecticut River. Because it's so far north this lake is quieter than many of it's southern counterparts, and the views of wildlife are absolutely stunning.
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