The peaceful area around Squam Lake is best known as the setting of the classic film On Golden Pond. Set against the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the lake provides a tranquil escape into the scenic nature that surrounds it. Whether on or beside the lake, you’re sure to spot native wildlife such as otters, a variety of fish, an many species of birds including loons and bald eagles.
The calm lake waters beckon for kayaking, boating, fishing, and swimming, with hiking, biking, and other outdoor recreational activities available on its shores. Encompassing both Big Squam and Little Squam lakes (both fed by spring water), it is the second largest lake in the state. Much of the land has been designated as a conversation area, to ensure the preservation of the natural beauty of the land, water, its creatures. With 28 islands and several small towns, there is much to see and explore in what is considered to be one of the most beautiful spots in New Hampshire.
Squam Lake is located about two hours driving time from Boston. There are many small inns and accommodation options located around the lake. Boat access is available from the town of Holderness, which is also where the Squam Lake Natural Science Center is located.