It's All About the Water
Passionate Boaters Love New Hampshire’s Lakes and our Marinas, Boat Rentals, Boat Services and more!
With a name like the “Lakes Region,” visitors expect great boating from New Hampshire’s popular tourism spot. And it is great – some might say the best in New England. Many visitors don’t realize all the options available to boating enthusiasts while exploring the beautiful Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Boaters use the lakes not only for traditional swimming, fishing, and watersports, but also for daily transportation, nature exploration, sightseeing, and more. With plenty of boat rentals available, you can enjoy the Lakes Region of New Hampshire right IN the water!
The biggest and most popular boating destination in the Lakes Region, and the state for that matter, is Lake Winnipesaukee. Whether your boating passion is for sailing, cruising, fishing or even sleeping, you’ll find the perfect spot on this huge lake that has captivated travelers from all over the world for decades. One of the reasons this lake is so famous, besides its size, is its convenience, and with plenty of boat rentals available, families can take advantage of this convenience without owning their own boat. Many towns along the shores of Winnipesaukee, like Meredith, Alton Bay, Wolfeboro, Weirs Beach, Gilford, and Center Harbor, have town docks that allow visitors to access favorite shops, restaurants and attractions within the Lakes Region right from their boat.
Getting around the lakes these days is relatively easy, with an app called “LakeWinni” that helps boaters navigate the “Big Lake” as well as GPS routing on many of the other lakes in the area. Many people who reside on the lake’s islands use their boats for errands as well as recreation. There is even a full-service mail boat that serves residents on the islands: the M/V Sophie C, the only mail boat on an inland waterway in the entire country.
While there is plenty of great shopping and dining to be had along the 288 miles of shoreline in the Winnipesaukee, there are also gorgeous natural sights to be seen (many of them for free). The Lakes Region Conservation Trust, a local environmental association, has a number of areas accessible to the public by water, including Stonedam Island’s wildlife preserve on Winnipesaukee that can only be visited by boat. Stonedam has nature trails, a picnicking beach, scenic views and more. Free maps of the area can be acquired by contacting the Lakes Region Conservation Trust.
But there are more than 270 lakes and ponds in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, and Lake Winnipesaukee is only one of them. For those who prefer a quiet atmosphere, there are public boat launches on smaller lakes, which are perfect for kayaking, fishing, canoeing, etc. and with so many boat rentals available throughout the Lakes Region everyone can get out on the water!
Some people actually love boating in the Lakes Region so much that, instead of staying in a hotel or renting a vacation home, they get a long-term boat slip at a local marina and sleep right on their boat. Short- and long-term dock rentals are available at many marinas around the region, with everything from exclusive yacht clubs with bars and cabanas to basic hourly docks for options:
Goodhue & Hawkins Navy Yard
Fay’s Boat Yard
The lakes in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region give visitors lots of unique options, with no two lakes being exactly alike. To find all the information about the Lakes Region of New Hampshire in one place, click here for listings of attractions, marinas, restaurants, boat rentals and more. For suggestions and ideas on how to make a vacation on Lake Winnipesaukee in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire truly unforgettable, contact the Lakes Region Tourism Association.