Explore the New Hampshire Lakes Region

The New Hampshire Lakes Region is a summertime haven for fisherman, families and fun. But there is something to offer in every season, from skiing and ice fishing in the winter to a fall foliage flood of color for “leaf peepers” in the autumn. It is home to America’s first summer resort thanks to Governor Wentworth, who in 1763 built a summer home on the shores of Lake Wentworth.

Each year motorcyclists of all shapes, sizes, walks of life descend about the area for the annual Laconia “motorcycle week”. Bike week is one of the largest motorcycle gatherings in the country, with over 400,000 cyclists in 2004.

But, it is the lakes that define this region of the state. Of the 273 lakes and ponds in this area, Winnipesaukee is the crown jewel. The largest lake in the state at 72 square miles, Winnipesaukee has it all. Scuba dive in the 213 feet of water, take a scenic train ride around the area or a cruise around the lake, rent a canoe and straddle its perimeter or swim at Weirs Beach.