NH Lakes Region Lake Information

10 Good Reasons to Forget Lake Winnipesaukee

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Why buy a waterfront home on Lake Winnipesaukee when you could vacation on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard or other hard-to-get-to New England vacation destinations? Here are ten good reasons to avoid the Lakes Region.


To Avoid Lake Winnipesaukee, NH

Reason 1: You Enjoy Paying State Taxes

New Hampshire has no income tax or sales tax. So spending all or part of your time at your home at Lake Winnipesaukee would deprive you of that pleasure.

Reason 2: You Prefer Remote Locations

Lake Winnipesaukee is only a two-hour drive from Boston. So the kids can barely watch one movie before you’ve arrived. So you’ll miss the long, arduous travel.

Reason 3: You Love Monotonous Ocean Views

Our picturesque White Mountains will block your views of the ocean’s flat horizon. And when they explode with vibrant colors in the fall, it will be particularly annoying.

Reason 4: You Only Swim in Murky Water

Our crystal clear, spring-fed lake won’t sting your eyes, and your feet won’t sink into muck. And you’ll miss worrying about what type of sea creature may be lurking nearby.

Reason 5: You Enjoy Feeling Hot and Sweaty Year-Round

Our Lakes Region has four seasons, so just when you’re getting acclimated, it changes. And after the leaves change color, you’ll have to pull all your ski stuff out of the closet.

Reason 6: We have far too many quaint downtown areas.

Our gourmet restaurants, art galleries, boutique shops and other non-essential activities will give you headaches.

Reason 7: You Never Eat Ice Cream

In Wolfeboro alone, there are 5 ice cream shops to distract you from your own low-fat diet. So it’s best that you avoid the temptation to eat dessert while strolling around our lake.

Reason 8: You Enjoy Walking on Paved Surfaces

Our bike trails, walking trails, ski trails, and mountain trails (leading to great views) are far too primitive. And you may have to invest in a pair of hiking shoes or cross country skis.

Reason 9: You’ll Miss Boating on Choppy Water

On calm Lake water will bore you to tears on your boat ride out to dinner. And it will be absolutely no challenge for you to sail or water-ski, if it’s not in 4-foot chop.

Reason 10: You Don’t Trust Friendly People

For some reasons, people who live or vacation here all smile and wave at each other, which is certainly suspicious. So it’s best that you avoid them altogether, because it may be contagious.

Learn more about the Lakes Region and finding your vacation home from the Dow Realty Group.

Ice-out on Lake Winnipesaukee

So what's all this talk about "ice-out" on Lake Winnipesaukee? Ice-out is the eagerly anticipated day when the ice that has covered the lake since late December or early January melts enough that the M/S Mount Washington cruise ship can navigate between the towns that grace the shores of the lake: Alton Bay, Center Harbor, Weirs Beach, Meredith and Wolfeboro.

Ice-out is anxiously awaited by residents because it not only signals the start of the spring season, but islanders regain water access to their cottages. The determination of the exact date and time is non-scientific and is chosen by an observer in a small plane from Emerson Aviation that flies over the lake several times a day. When the pilot makes the ice-out call, it is considered official.

The date of this event has been recorded for more than 130 years and we have compiled some of those dates here ... feel free to download and share! When do you think ice-out will happen this year?



Our lakes

We're often asked for information about the various lakes that dot our beautiful Lakes Region of New Hampshire. To answer some of those questions we've put together a graphic that shows sizes, depths, and a little trivia about each one; there are many others but these seem to be some of the most popular. Feel free to print or distribute!

March 22 Open House! 30 Currie's Way, Brookfield

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This home, located in a new subdivision just off a quiet country road in Brookfield, New Hampshire, has curb appeal galore. Its four thousand square feet of living space is chock full of high-end upgrades: custom cabinets in the kitchen along with granite counters and a center island ... huge stone fireplace in the living room ... custom molding and a custom staircase ... radiant heat in the basement and first floor ... insulation even in the interior walls. Wood floors run throughout the first floor. The kitchen and bathrooms are all granite and tile. You can choose a master bedroom on the first floor or the second. The floor plan is open and spacious, built-in bookshelves stand at the ready for your collections, and there is a luxurious master bath. A nice deck overlooks the two acre property. A lot of thought went into the design and building of this house, and it shows.



A few words about Brookfield ... a small town settled in the late 1700s, it exists mainly because of the building of the Governor John Wentworth Road from Portsmouth to his summer mansion in Wolfeboro. By the 1780s settlements had sprung up along the northern side of the Moose Mountain range and up Tumbledown Dick, a mountain named for Oliver Cromwell's ill-fated son (I have yet to research how that fact is tied to Brookfield, but it is interesting; if anyone knows the answer, please let me know). Over the years Brookfield was home to grist, bobbin, cider, saw and shingle mills; also tanneries and blacksmiths, inns and shoemaker shops. Today its Town House is on the National Register and it is within the Governor Wentworth Regional School District. Shopping needs are met in Wolfeboro, Wakefield and Rochester.


This home's location provides easy access to Route 16, the main north-south commuting road in these parts. If you're looking for all the comforts of home in a rural community that has resisted the commercial development that has affected so many other towns, come visit us this weekend. The house will be open from 12:00 to 3:00 on Saturday, March 22, and the price is $439,000. For more information and photos, go here. We'd love to see you!



Wolfeboro is looking for new businesses - Commercial Real Estate Available

Congratulations Zach Tarter and the rest of the Wolfeboro Economic Development Committee for looking to enhance Wolfeboro's future.

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By LARISSA MULKERN Special to the Union Leader

Economic Development Committee drawing business to Wolfeboro

Wolfeboro - Summer activities in full swing

Wolfeboro - Summer activities in full swing

WOLFEBORO -- The town's economic development committee is spreading the word that the Wolfeboro area is more than just a scenic place by the lake.

The 10-member Wolfeboro Economic Development Committee, headed by Chairman Zach Tarter, a professional investment adviser with Edward Jones, and Vice Chair Denise Roy-Palmer, executive director of the Wentworth Economic Development Corp., has worked with business and municipal leaders on a number of fronts to strengthen -- and publicize -- the region's business-friendly appeal.

Enhancing online presence from the town's website was accomplished recently by including links from the home page to maps and details on the town's two economic revitalization zones, the business park off Pine Hill Road and Wickers Drive, and on Center, Lehner and Pine streets.

"We believe our region has a lot to offer to business and industries throughout the U.S.," Tarter said. Those assets include potential tax credits from the state, no sales tax, a family-friendly, high quality of life, and relatively close proximity to major metropolitan areas including Manchester and Boston.

For the full article: Click Here

Here are some current commercial listings available: Click here

Moorings available in Wolfeboro

View of the Wolfeboro Corinthian Yacht Club

The Wolfeboro Corinthian Yacht Club is now offering several moorings in their deep water mooring field for rent during the 2012 season. These moorings were previously unavailable and are located in their prime location in Wolfeboro harbor within walking distance to town. They rent for $1,800 and include launch shuttle service to/from the mooring field; Restroom facilities; a newly renovated dock, a dumpster for trash and parking for one vehicle.

This is a great way to enjoy Lake Winnipesaukee and have a nice off the water home in Wolfeboro. Why wouldn't you live in a vacation town?

Summer 2011 Information from Wolfeboro Parks and Rec

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Well, since Ice is officially out, we can look towards summer. Here is a link to the Summer fall brochure, as well as the latest from Eathen Hipple and the Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation Department.

Click on the picture for the brochure:

As our fields dry out and the daffodils push their way through the soggy soil, we're looking forward to some great spring and summer programs and events.

Coming up on Saturday, May 21 is the 37th Annual Great Smith River Canoe Race. An annual favorite, this canoe and kayak race starts at Albee Beach and heads out through Lake Wentworth, Crescent Lake, the Smith River, Back Bay and eventually into Lake Winnipesaukee. For more information, contact race organizer Roger Murray at 569-5454 or download a registration form from the Parks and Recreation website.

Our friends at The Nick are sponsoring the first annual Chunky Dunk Sprint Duathlon on Saturday, July 30th, 2011. Starting and ending at beautiful Albee Beach, the race will involve a 1/2 mile swim and a 5K run along the Cotton Valley Trail/Bridge Falls Path. A BBQ and awards ceremony will take place at The Nick afterwards. You can register online or download a registration form from the Parks and Rec website.

Registration for Spring and Summer Parks and Recreation programs is going strong and we highly encourage folks to sign up soon to get a spot in programs that are filling fast. Day Camp, Sailing, Tennis and Swim Lessons in particular will all likely fill to capacity. In some cases, programs filled the day that registration opened, and others have growing waiting lists.

You have 2 options for registration:

  1. Online: quick, easy, 24 hour access. This is the fastest and most convenient way to guarantee a spot in a class or program. There is a small fee charged by our software provider for this service. Click here to register for programs, races, events and more.
  2. Paper Registration: You can pick up brochures and registration forms at the Tuftonboro and Wolfeboro Libraries and Town Halls, the Chamber of Commerce, and at many schools and businesses in the area. You can also download all paper registration materials from our website.

We still have openings in our popular Hershey Track Program that starts on May 10. Participants challenge their potential while they explore track and field sports such as running, jumping and throwing. There are 2 local meets, as well as State Finals--and last year we had 2 local kids go on to compete at the North American Finals in Hershey, PA. Finalists enjoy and all expense paid trip to PA, courtesy of Hershey! Register now to get involved in this great program!

This spring and summer are shaping up to be quite busy with lots of projects to improve our parks and facilities. We just selected a firm to reconstruct our Foss Field Tennis and Basketball Courts, which will be complete by June 17th. We are in the midst of cleaning up Foss Field by demolishing the deteriorated Foss Hut, and installing new fencing and benches. We'll have new flooring in the Community Center, turf improvements at Cate Park and a new irrigation system in the Foss Soccer Fields. We are working with our engineers to complete the specifications for our Fire Protection System at Pop Whalen, and are moving forward with Friends of Abenaki towards groundbreaking for our new Snowmaking System at Abenaki Ski Area. And lastly, we're in the planning phases for constructing a new Town Cemetery on Middleton Road, are improving parking lots at Clark Park and Pop Whalen Arena and have some new docks to install at Brewster Beach. Folks who are interested in keeping up with our current Capital Improvement projects can always check our Projects page of the Parks and Recreation website.

Enjoy the spring flowers! Ethan

Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation PO Box 629 Wolfeboro, NH, US 03894

Renaming the Shoreland Protection Laws?

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The NH Shorefront Association is really staying on top of the current legislation in Concord. The proposed bill will hopefully change the Comprehensive Shoreland Protection act for the better, including the Name! The proposed name is "Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act." I really like the name change as it focuses us on what is most important, the water quality of our invaluable lakes.

Here is their latest update.

There are developments regarding two of the shorefront related bills:    Senator Bradley's bill, SB154, which makes a number of reforms to the Shoreland Protection Act, was amended and approved by the Senate Energy & Environment Committee in a unanimous vote of Ought To Pass (OTP).  Among many other changes, this bill clarifies and simplifies the standards and permitting requirements.

The NHSA Board and membership worked closely with Sen. Bradley and a number of others to edit this amended bill to simplify, clarify, and hopefully gain efficiency in the regulations to protect private property rights balanced with protections for water quality.  This bill also changes the name to the "Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act".  The full text of the amendment is not yet available on-line, however, we will issue an update soon as this bill will now move to Finance and the House.  More as this develops...

SB142 - which makes changes to the NH DES permit process to allow an "integrated permit process" for those projects which require multiple permits, was voted "re-refer" the bill for further study.  Click here for bill language.  The NHSA Board supports this concept, but believes that more work is necessary to better define the process and procedure.  This concept will be debated in the fall.