Classic Lakes Region paddling—loons, mountain views, and wooded islands with camping opportunities. Squam Lake is the kinder, northern neighbor of Lake Winnipesaukee. That is not to say this 6,700-plus-acre lake is free of development and boat traffic—much of the shore is well developed and there are plenty of motorboats and Jet Skis, especially on summer weekends. Nonetheless, there are still pristine stretches of wooded shoreline that give the lake a wild feeling, especially when you gaze up at the surrounding mountains and listen to the calls of common loons. Because Squam is such a big lake, we have included it in this chapter because it is ideal for sea kayaks, although it is also a good place to load up a canoe with the family for the day or an overnight camping trip. The large size of the lake does make it prone to dangerous waves in windy conditions—keep an eye on the weather and be prepared for quickly changing conditions. Lightning strikes are also a real possibility during the summer thunderstorm season. You really can paddle for as long as you want on Squam Lake—there is enough shoreline to keep you occupied for several days. One popular trip is to head out to Moon and Bowman Islands in the center of the lake and take advantage of the public access there for a picnic and quick swim. It can be completed in two or three hours from any of the three put-ins described in the eTrail, with the Pipers Cove put-in providing the closest access.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Duration||1 hour to 3 days|
|Season||Best spring through fall|
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