Lakes Region (New Hampshire)

The Lakes Region of New Hampshire is the mid-state region surrounding Lake Winnipesaukee, Winnisquam Lake, Squam Lake, and Newfound Lake. The area comprises all of Belknap County, the southern portion of Carroll County, the eastern portion of Grafton County, and the northern portions of Strafford County and Merrimack County.[1] The largest municipality is the city of Laconia.

The area is a popular tourist destination in the summer time, with the activity peaking during the annual Motorcycle Week and races at Loudon's New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Other tourist destinations include Funspot in Weirs Beach, the children's museum of Center Harbor, Gunstock ski resort and Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook, both in Gilford, Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough, and the town of Wolfeboro, which claims to be the nation's oldest resort town. Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest lake in the state, and is home to numerous vacation homes. Several motion pictures have either been filmed or set in the region, including the 1981 classic, On Golden Pond (filmed on Squam Lake in the town of Holderness) and the 1991 comedy What About Bob?, which was filmed in Virginia but (fictitiously) took place in Wolfeboro.

New Hampshire Lakes Region
Squam Lake from a mountaintop: a typical vista in the Lakes Region
Squam Lake from a mountaintop: a typical vista in the Lakes Region
CountryUnited States
StateNew Hampshire
CountiesBelknap County

Carroll County
Grafton County
Strafford County
Merrimack County

Time zoneEST
Area codes603
Map of New Hampshire Regions
The Lakes Region (in darker blue) is located in the east-central portion of the state.


  1. ^ "Lakes Region". NH Department of Resources and Economic Development. Archived from the original on December 2, 2016. Retrieved October 18, 2013.

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Aquadoctan was one of the largest known Native American villages in what is now the U.S. state of New Hampshire. In an area commonly known today as The Weirs (for the semi-permanent fishing weirs the Natives had built on the river), the village lay on the north bank of the Winnipesaukee River at the outlet of Lake Winnipesaukee in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. The site is now in Weirs Beach, a summer resort and village of the city of Laconia. The Native American village, whose archaeological remains extend for a half mile along the river and a quarter mile along the lake, has been documented through archaeological investigation to have a settlement history from 9,000 BCE to the late 17th century. The site is documented through colonial reports to be substantially abandoned in 1696, when most of New Hampshire's remaining Native population withdrew to join the Pequawket at present-day Fryeburg, Maine.The area has long been of archaeological interest, due to its documented historical usage. Portions of the area were formally investigated in 1976-79 by a team from the University of New Hampshire, and in 1977 by Howard Sargent, long a leading figure in New Hampshire archaeology. Finds at the site yield evidence of habitation back to the Paleo-Indian period (c. 7600 BCE). These finds were located under Middle Archaic remains, indicating a long period of occupation. The site was one of the first in northern New England to yield evidence of human activity in this time period.A 15-acre (6.1 ha) section of the village site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

Lakes (disambiguation)

Lakes can refer to

Lake, a body of water

Sunset Lake

Sunset Lake may refer to:

Sunset Lake, Orlando, Florida

Sunset Lake, Braintree, Massachusetts

Sunset Lake, Beatty Township, Minnesota

Sunset Lake, Everts Township, Minnesota

Sunset Lake, Hugo, Minnesota

Sunset Lake, Industrial Township, Minnesota

Sunset Lake, McCormack, Minnesota

Sunset Lake, Cumberland County, New Jersey

Sunset Lake, Lakes Region, New Hampshire

Sunset Lake, Holly Springs, North Carolina

Sunset Lake, Chain O' Lakes-King, Wisconsin

Sunset Lake, Cloverland, Wisconsin

Sunset Lake, New Hope, Wisconsin

Sunset Lake, Stella, Wisconsin

Sunset Lake (Lakes Region, New Hampshire)

Sunset Lake is a 253-acre (1.02 km2) water body located in Belknap County in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, United States, in the towns of Gilmanton and Alton. Water from Sunset Lake flows south to Crystal Lake, the head of the Suncook River, which flows to the Merrimack River and ultimately the Gulf of Maine.

The lake is classified as a warmwater fishery, with observed species including smallmouth and largemouth bass, rainbow smelt, chain pickerel, brown bullhead, sunfish, and yellow perch.


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