Squam Lake is the third largest lake in New Hampshire. Big Squam is 98 feet at the deepest point covering 6,791 acres and draining through a small channel into Little Squam which covers 408 acres and is 84 feet at its deepest point. A total of five towns surround Squam Lake- Ashland, Holderness, Sandwich, Center Harbor, & Moultonborough. 28 islands are located throughout this lake with the largest being High Haith at 243 acres. Squam Lake is a common nesting ground for the common loon, some other birds that have been seen nesting there are the Bald eagles and great blue herons.
Squam Lake offers one public boat launch in Holderness, kayaks and canoes are available to rent here through the Squam Lakes Association . Squam Lake offers about 9 different species of fish including brown bullhead, lake trout, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, white perch, chain pickerel, inland salmon, & lake whitefish. Take a scenic cruise around the lake through Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. Unlike Lake Winnipesaukee this lake gives you a more natural feel and although it can pick up during peak seasons there is access to many small coves to get some privacy.
There are 6 hiking trails around Squam Lake with views of Squam Lake and Lake Winnipesaukee from the Red Hill Fire Tower in Moultonborough. Chamberlain-Reynolds Memorial Forest is a 157-area forest with 4 miles of hiking trails and 1 mile of waterfront. Squam Lake has five major events with several hosted by Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. Squam Lake highlights the beauty of New Hampshire’s lakes and the wildlife that lives there.
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