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Exploring Lake Winnipesaukee by Boat: Some Favorite Destinations

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Spanning a massive distance of 72 square miles, Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest lake in the state of New Hampshire and the third largest lake in all of New England. For years, this gorgeous body of water has served as a hallmark summertime playground for thousands of people from across the nation. Offering panoramic vistas, signature lakeside attractions, excellent marine facilities and superb fishing areas, Lake Winni remains one of the most popular destinations for boaters in the Northeast. If you're looking for some boat-accessible destinations during your Lake Winipesaukee vacation, read on!

Weirs Beach

Located on the western shorelines of Lake Winnipesaukee, Weirs Beach has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of New Hampshire. More than just a beach, it's home to endless activities for all ages. Weirs beach is famous for its thrilling water slides, intensive ropes/obstacle courses, mini-golf, zip lines, bowling alleys, scenic cruises, bi-plane rides, go-karts, and its world-renowned arcades. If you are traveling with your children, be sure to check out this remarkable lakeside area - one of the most popular tourist destinations on the East coast!

Stonedam Island

If your idea of an ideal summer vacation includes getting closer to nature, Lake Winnipesaukee's got that, too.  Amid the tranquil waters of the western part of the lake by Meredith Bay lies a hidden gem known as Stonedam Island. This 112-acre area serves as one of New Hampshire's best-kept nature preserves, and is an extraordinary destination for both locals and tourists alike. If you enjoy hiking, sightseeing, or having picnics in a stunning natural setting, be sure to make your way over to this beautiful archipelago. On the East side of the island, there is a small dock that can accommodate up to two smaller-sized boats.  Alternatively, you can easily and affordably rent kayaks or canoes from spots on nearby shores such as Weirs Beach. On the banks of Stonedam, you will find a historic cabin, built from 200-year-old logs that were moved from Camp Kahona and reassembled here. The trails are gorgeous and provide sweeping views of the lake. If you are a nature lover, be sure to boat to this exquisite island, and experience beauty that you cannot find elsewhere!


In the southeastern end of Lake Winnipesaukee, the picturesque streets of Wolfeboro are lined with quaint gift shops, signature ice cream stands, food vendors, and an endless number of excellent restaurant options. Perfect for those who enjoy a lively, downtown experience, this New Hampshire town attracts vacationers year-round. On weekends, day-trippers can harbor their boat for up to several hours in one of the town's four public docks, free of charge. Wolfeboro also offers a convenient trolley system for exploring the town, perfect for those who have traveled here by boat. Common activities here typically include shopping the downtown district, enjoying a concert at the Cate Park bandstand, and visiting some of the many museums filled with the lake's memorabilia and information on local boat builders, fishermen, and waterskiers. If you are planning on taking a trip to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, Wolfeboro should absolutely be on your checklist.

Boats offer a fun and unique way to get to know Lake Winnipesaukee. Don't have your own or don't want to transport it? A web search can point you to many options for renting boats by the day, week, or month. Come explore!


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