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Lakes Region

The Lakes Region is located in the east-central part of the state, south of the White Mountains Region and extending to the Maine border. It is named for the numerous lakes in the region, including Lake WinnipesaukeeLake WinnisquamSquam 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.

The Lakes Region towns of Wolfeboro, Meredith, and Laconia are gateways to the state’s largest body of water: Lake Winnipesaukee. Between watersports in the summer, lake cruises in the fall, hiking and biking in the spring, and skiiing in the winter – the region has something for every season.

Besides the lakes, there are also two small mountain ranges, the Belknap Mountains which lie to the southwest, and the Ossipee Mountains to the northeast.

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 Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness, 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.

Aside from Winnipesaukee, the other lakes found in the region include: Balch Pond, Broad Bay, Crystal Lake, Dan Hole Pond, Great East Lake, Halfmoon Lake, Lake Kanasatka, Little Squam Lake, Lovell Lake, Merrymeeting Lake, Mirror Lake, Newfound Lake, Opechee Bay, Ossipee Lake, Paugus Bay, Pemigewasset Lake, Pine River Pond, Province Lake, Silver Lake, Squam Lake, Sunset Lake, Lake Waukewan, Lake Wentworth, White Oak Pond, Wicwas Lake, and Lake Winnisquam.