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NHjo
Saco, ME6,832 contributions
Oct 2022
This lake is one of my favorites in the U.S., and it still took me forever to spell it correctly (it's a tough one, you have to admit). I've been in just about every town that borders the lake, I've boated on it, I've swum in it. This time around I saw it from Wolfboro on a late October day and took some great shots. Here's an interesting fact: Jimmy Fallon summers in the area and named one of his daughters Winnie after the lake.
Written October 29, 2022
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tinaNtravel
San Jose, CA1,752 contributions
May 2021
We visited Lake Winnipesaukee in the beg of May, before everything opened for tourist season. We drove around the lake and visited the Castle in the Clouds area and also the White Mountains area. We stopped to see a number of covered bridges and went on a couple of hikes. The area is quite beautiful and I imagine in the summer with the boat/canoe/etc rentals, it is even nicer.
Written June 14, 2021
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Maggi713
Baltimore, MD11,852 contributions
Sep 2021
There is something about this lake that draws everyone to it. First of all, it is huge. It covers a lot of ground – 72 square miles and sits at the foot of the White Mountains. Here you can enjoy the clear shimmering waters of the largest lake in New Hampshire! It has something for everyone from boating, fishing, canoeing, swimming, and dining just name a few. Forty different communities surround the lake.
Written September 21, 2021
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Jan B
2 contributions
Jul 2019
My wife and I spent a few days by Lake Winnipesaukee over the 4th of July weekend and enjoyed it a lot. We're stayed in a cabin with Beach access. The weather was good and the boat life on the lake was very enjoyable. There is several nice spots/towns you can visit by boat and they Carter week for tourist like us.
We stayed in Centre Harbor and they had really nice fireworks on the 4th.
Written January 8, 2020
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Holly H
Rochester, NH2 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
We stayed at the Modern Lakefront Siena hosted by Vacanza in Alton Bay, NH. It was perfect! Walking distance to restaurants, ice cream shops, the boat marina, and the dock for the Mt Washington Cruise. Three steps from the water and dock. The owner was super attentive. It was new and clean. Check out Vacanzanh.com. Its perfect for a couple getaway!
Written August 5, 2022
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Victoria
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Aug 2022 • Family
We stayed at Mills Falls at Church Landing in beautiful renovated room that face the lake. Gorgeous lawns and Adirondack chairs to relax and enjoy the beauty of Lake Winnipesaukee. We rented stand up boards from the EKAL which is right around the corner from the hotel. Also enjoyed drinks and apps at the town docks, with live music one night.
Highly recommend staying at Church Landing and all the nearby activities. Rooms 356 and 357 are very nice and the balconies have unobstructed lake views.
Written September 10, 2022
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GaryWT
The Villages, FL782 contributions
Jun 2021
What a nice lake, just a good size learning curve with all the rocks and a new boat. Have hit ground, hit a rock and drifted into some rocks when we ran out of gas. I do have a map, I did buy an extra 12 gallon gas tank and I will never leave the motor in gear when we run out of gas. All on the learning curve. Last fall and this spring we have left our marina in Alton Bay and have traveled to Roberts Cove, Wolfsboro, Christmas Harbor, Center Harbor, Meredith, Weirs, Paugus Bay, Sandbar at West Marine, Mingo Cove. We love being out there, mostly just my wife, our dog and me. So glad we bought a boat last year to enjoy this beautiful area.
Written June 15, 2021
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eagle12342015
Boston, MA41 contributions
Jan 2020
The Lake is no where close to freezing. No Bob houses yet. No long term freeze in the forecast. Hoping it will freeze for the pond skate in Merideth the first weekend in February.
There is snow on the ground,streets clear with easy access to Gunstock.
Written January 12, 2020
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zacsmimi1
Biddeford, ME203 contributions
Sep 2022
Lots to do and see in the area. My husband and I are in our early sixties and went for a long weekend. Enjoyed several visits to different areas and walking around. Dont miss a boat ride or two. We went on the Mt. Washington. Lovely lake.
Written September 5, 2022
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Maurene_K
Dover, NH10,188 contributions
Aug 2015 • Friends
Each year I begin my Farewell-to-Summer Tour about mid-August, visiting new or favorite summer places that are either closed or miserable in the winter. Lake Winnipesaukee is a longstanding favorite place. It’s a great place for relaxing, casual entertaining, and water sports.

It’s a clear, clean glacial lake that is 21 miles long and up to 9 miles wide. It has 258 islands and nearly 290 miles of shoreline. It’s the largest lake in NH and third largest lake in New England after Maine’s Moosehead Lake and Vermont/New York’s Lake Champlain.

On this year’s near-end-of-season visit, I attended an afternoon party at the lakefront year-round home of friends in the Winter Harbor section of Wolfeboro.

It was a bright, sunny, picture perfect day with temps in the mid-80’s, making the terrace, decks, and dock nice perches for enjoying the sun, the outdoors, and the lake with its crystal clear water. Late in afternoon, it was so peaceful to watch the sun dance on the tiny ripples in the lake’s surface.

Lake Winnipesaukee is noted for boating, and we partook of that activity with the owner’s restored classic 1950’s antique mahogany Chris Craft boat. Neighboring homes were also entertaining with guests also enjoying rides in similar antique mahogany Chris Craft.

Many enjoyed swimming in the lake. There were some paddle-boarders.

But, one doesn’t have to wait for an invitation to a private lakefront home to enjoy these activities. One can find rentals, inns, hotels, and motels in any of the towns along Lake Winnipesaukee’s shores that include the most popular towns such as Wolfeboro, America’s First Resort, which is on the eastern shore and Laconia/The Weirs on the western shore which is popular with motorcycle enthusiasts and the site of the annual Laconia Motorcycle Week held in June. Other popular tourist towns on the northern shores include Moultonborough on the northeast corner, adjacent Center Harbor, Meredith, and Tuftonboro, plus Alton and Alton Bay at the southern tip and on the western shore along with West Alton and Gilford.

For those without their own boats, there are several opportunities to get out on the lake with cruises on the 230-foot M/S Mount Washington, M/V Doris E, and US Mail Boat M/V Sophie C. based in Weirs Beach, plus the Wolfeboro-based 65-foot paddlewheeler Winnipesaukee Belle and the Millie B., a 28-foot, triple-cockpit replica of the antique mahogany 1928 HackerCraft which is similar to the antique mahogany Chris Craft that my friends own. The Millie B. is affiliated with the New Hampshire Boat Museum in Wolfeboro. The Wolfeboro boats leave from the Town Docks of Main Street.

For those with boats, there are numerous free public boat launches and marinas on all sides of the lake. One of the most popular is at the Alton Public Docks on Mount Major Hwy/NH State Route 11 in Alton Bay on the west side of the lake near Shibley’s at the Pier; another is the Wolfeboro Public Boat Launch at the Town Dock on the east side. Both are free.

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Written September 3, 2015
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