Lakes Region Info

Fall Drawn down of NH Lakes

 The 2020 Fall Drawdown of Lakes

Every year the state will draw down the level of many lakes in New Hampshire. This is done to allow for spring runoff and prevent ice damming in the winter. This protects the dams that hold back the lake levels. It is also a great time to clean up the lake shore by your property. 

(in feet)
Akers Pond Greenough Brook Errol Oct. 12 1'
Angle Pond Bartlett Brook Sandown Oct. 12 2'
Ayers Lake Tributary to Isinglass River Barrington Oct. 12 3'
Ballard Pond Taylor Brook Derry Oct. 12 2'
Barnstead Parade Suncook River Barnstead Oct. 12 1.5'
Bow Lake Isinglass River Strafford Oct. 12 4'
Burns Lake Tributary to Johns River Whitefield Oct. 12 1.3'
Chesham Pond Minnewawa Brook Harrisville Oct. 12 2'
Crystal Lake Crystal Lake Brook Enfield Oct. 12 4'
Crystal Lake Suncook River Gilmanton Oct. 12 3'
Deering Reservoir Piscataquog River Deering Oct. 12 4'
East Washington Pond Beards Brook Washington Oct. 12 2'
Glen Lake/Greggs Falls Piscataquog River Goffstown Oct. 31 1.5'
Goose Pond Goose Pond Brook Canaan Oct. 12 7.5'
Grafton Pond1 Bicknell Brook Grafton Oct. 1 8'
Great East Lake Salmon Falls River Wakefield Oct. 1 3'
Great Pond Powwow River Kingston Oct. 12 1'
Highland Lake North Branch Contoocook River Stoddard Oct. 12 3'
Horace Lake (aka Weare Reservoir)2 Piscataquog River Weare Oct. 30 5'
Horn Pond Salmon Falls River Wakefield Oct. 5 1.5'
Howe Reservoir3 Tributary to Minnewawa Brook Dublin Sept. 8 6'
Island Pond North Branch Contoocook River Stoddard Oct. 12 3'
Lake Kanasatka Tributary to Lake Winnipesaukee Moultonboro Nov. 5 1.5'
Kezar Lake Lane River Sutton Oct. 1 2'
Kingswood Lake  Churchill Brook Brookfield Oct. 12 4'
Little Sunapee Lake Kidder Brook New London Oct. 12 1'
Lovell Lake  Branch River Wakefield Oct. 12 3'
Mascoma Lake4 Mascoma River Lebanon Oct. 12 3'
Mendums Pond Little River Nottingham Nov. 9 7'
Milton Three Ponds4 Salmon Falls River Milton Oct. 12 3'
Newfound Lake Newfound River  Bristol Sept. 1 2.0'
Nay Pond Dead River Milan Oct. 1 7.5 inches
Nippo Pond Nippo Brook Barrington Oct. 12 2'
North River Pond North River Nottingham Oct. 12 1'
Northwood Lake Little Suncook River Epsom Oct. 24 6'
Opechee Winnipesaukee RIver Laconia Oct. 17 5'
Ossipee Lake4 Ossipee River Effingham Oct. 12 3.25'
Pawtuckaway Lake Pawtuckaway River Nottingham Oct. 12 4.8'
Pequawket Lake Tributary to Swift River Conway Nov. 2 2'
Pine River Pond Pine River Wakefield Oct. 12 8'
Pleasant Lake Tributary to Little Suncook River Deerfield Oct. 12 2.70'
Shellcamp Pond Academy Brook Gilmanton Oct. 12 2.2'
Silver Lake Minnewawa Brook Harrisville Oct. 12 3'
Squam Lake 4 Squam River Ashland Oct. 14 2.5'
Sunapee Lake4 Sugar River Sunapee Oct. 14 2.5'
Suncook Lakes Suncook River Barnstead Oct. 5 5'
Sunset Lake Suncook River Alton Oct. 12 7'
Trickling Falls Powwow River East Kingston Nov. 2 1'
Union Meadows5 Branch River Wakefield Oct. 5 4'
Webster Lake Chance Brook Franklin Oct. 12 2'
Whittemore Lake Tributary to Contoocook River Bennington Oct. 12 1.5'
Winnisquam Lake Winnipesaukee River Belmont Oct. 17 2'
  1. Grafton Pond will be drawn down 8 feet again this year for a two to three-week period for some minor maintenance of the dam. This drawdown will start on October 5 and the lake level will be raised to the normal two-foot drawdown level after work on the dam is complete.
  2. The drawdown of Horace Lake will begin on October 30 this year, which is approximately two weeks later than normal.
  3. The drawdown of Howe Reservoir will start in early September for maintenance work on the dam.
  4. These larger lakes generally do not reach their full drawdowns until mid or late March. The values listed above are generally the maximum levels reached, although during any given year the levels reached can be either higher or lower due to weather conditions.
  5. Union Meadows Dam will have a drawdown to facilitate some minor maintenance that needs to be done and to facilitate an inspection of the upstream side of the dam. As soon as work all work is complete, the lake level will be allowed to return to full pond.

The depth of drawdown listed above is not from the current level, but is from the normal full pond level. Because of the drought conditions the state has been experiencing through the summer, the levels of many of these lakes are already a foot or more below full. As a result, NHDES will not be making its normal special releases from Horace Lake and Northwood Lake for downstream recreation this year, but intends to resume them next fall. However, on Saturday, October 31, a release will be made from Greggs Falls Dam in Goffstown to provide an opportunity for canoeing and kayaking in the Piscataquog River downstream. The release will begin at 11:00 AM.

Lake drawdowns are conducted each fall to reduce winter ice damage to shoreline properties and to reduce spring flooding. Drawdowns also give property owners an opportunity to conduct any necessary repairs to their waterfront property, provided they first secure a permit from the DES Wetlands Bureau at (603) 271-2147.

Generally, lake levels are allowed to return to the normal full pond level in the spring. However, the drawdowns of Opechee and Winnisquam Lakes, which occur on a two-year interval, last only approximately two weeks. This year, the lowering of Opechee Lake will begin on October 17, and it will likely take two days to pass the water from Opechee Lake downstream through Winnisquam Lake. Therefore, the level of Winnisquam Lake is not expected to drop noticeably until October 19. On October 30, flows at Lakeport Dam will be increased to refill Opechee Lake, and the level of Winnisquam Lake should begin to rise late in the day on November 1.

Not included in this schedule is Lake Winnipesaukee. Unlike the other lakes in this schedule, Lake Winnipesaukee is not purposely drawn down in the fall. Instead, in the fall after Columbus Day, the releases from Lakeport Dam are reduced from a normal minimum of 250 cubic feet per second (cfs) to a flow between 30 and 50 cfs for a period of up to two weeks to allow for maintenance of the dams and hydropower facilities on the Winnipesaukee River. The flow of 30 to 50 cfs is the minimum flow needed to maintain the downstream aquatic life during this period. This year the reduction will be begun on October 17.

By the middle of the fall, Lake Winnipesaukee is, on average, 15 inches below its springtime full level due to evaporation and releases from the lake that have occurred over the course of the summer. Because of this summer's drought, the level of the lake is already at that elevation. When the amount of water released from the dam is reduced after Columbus Day, the lake level is not expected to drop significantly for the remainder of the month of October and, if drought conditions ease in the fall and winter, it is expected to remain relatively stable through the month of December absent any major rainfall events. Depending on the amount of snow on the ground in the winter, the lake level may be lowered further beginning in January to a depth of two feet below the normal full level.

Where do loons go in the winter.

Where does Larry the Loon go in Winter--you would be surprised perhaps. 

In an effort to beat the Holiday Rush, Larry the Loon flew south early only to find his loon friends just fly to the ocean on the East Coast for winter."

Loons certainly are my favorite. I see them come early in spring even when the ice has not fully melted. A was there when a pair showed up on Swains Lake in Barrington with ice patches still floating about. I saw twelve come flying in to the edge of the ice melt in a cove on Jenness Pond in Northwood and later I witnessed the day 2 loon chicks born on a man-made protective floating nest platform on Jenness Pond, and then create 2 chicks in spring with each sharing time to sit on the eggs. I saw 24 together on Little Bow in Northwood, and a record 24 loons on Ayers Lake in Barrington.

But I live in New Hampshire and see droves of people-and birds-flock south in winter. I mean why not. But have you seen a loon try to fly. It takes half a lake to take off.

So where do loons actually go and why? 

Well according to satellite tracking performed by the Loon Preservation Committees the loon makes its way to the Atlantic Ocean between Maine and Rhode Island. Loons must adapt to life in the salt water. They have salt glands in their skull between their eyes that remove the salt from the water and the fish they eat and then remove it from ducts in their beak--how do they know this stuff I am now sure.

The reasons are unique as well. For one the salt water doesn't freeze, and a loon's livelihood is in the water the oceans provide deep and clear waters to dive and fish in. The adult loons leave their chicks behind until their feathers become long enough to support their own weight. It is also time for the young ones to become mature and strong enough to be independent and capable of surviving on their own before taking the trip to the ocean. 

For two, the warmer waters bring all kinds of different predators like Alligators plus the water actually is too warm for them to dive.  I think maybe the long trip is just too much of an effort.

Life on the ocean isn't easy. They have to get use to a totally new diet, and then there are much bigger waves they are not use to on smaller lakes, and rougher weather, marine pollution and nasty parasites not seen on their fresh water homes. One of a loons biggest challenges has to do with molting and getting their feathers ready to make the trip back to their birth lakes in New Hampshire. It takes 2 to 3 weeks to molt during which that time they are not able to fly and face a lot of dangers lurking. As hyou can imagine, this becomes a stressful time in their lives. Yet I am told that they mate for life so maybe, perhaps their solid relationships help to deal with hard times.

 In New Hampshire ice out is a big mystery for us humans to know the moment when the ice that has covered Lake Winnipesaukee for the winter will melt enough for the iconic M/S Mount Washington cruise ship to navigate between all of its ports in Alton Bay, Center Harbor, Weirs Beach, Meredith and Wolfeboro. Yet somehow the loon has the ability to pretty much pretty much Loons will typically arrive on New Hampshire’s lakes and ponds just after ice-out, sometimes on the very next day!

For me the loon was first introduced to me in the iconic movie "On Golden Pond" staring Kathryn Hepburn and Jane and real father Henry Fonda which happens to be filmed in Squam Lake and Lake Winnipesaukee here. The screen play written by NH resident Ernest Thompson.

I have lived on a lake in New Hampshire ever since leaving Michigan, NYC, and Boston and look forward to the distinctive haunting call of the loon. It is the beginning of summer when I hear them.   

For more information on these incredible loons check out the  Loon Preservation Committee’s at and the N.H. Lakes Association at


Below is a story on a pair of loons on Jenness Pond in Northwood NH who have come every year for over a decade making a family.

Docks may need permits

Docks and Shoreline Structures

I am often asked if you can put in a dock or enlarge an existing one in any lake property. There are several aspects to consider. All natural bodies of water are held in trust for public use by the State of New Hampshire. Under RSA 482-A, NH Wetlands Law, constructing new structures such as docks, boat lifts, jet ski lifts, retaining walls, breakwaters and perched beaches in or on any bank, flat, marsh or swamp in and adjacent to and waters of the state requires a permit. This permit serves as permission for an entity to build and maintain a structure within an area held in public trust.

Changing dock size may create issues with abutters

Dock owners may replace a grandfathered dock without complying with statutory setback and other current statutory limitations as long as they do not change the size or configuration of the dock, which would trigger current permitting requirements. Problems arise when the replacement dock is larger or closer, from the abutter’s perspective, which can raise issues of encroachment, trespass and private nuisance, among others. 

To determine is a permit is required to do any work on a dock take this survey


Ice Out on Lake Winnipesaukee

Ice out on Lake Winnipesaukee New HampshireEvery year on Lake Winnipesaukee, is devoted to progressive aerial photos of the ice receding on Lake Winnipesaukee. It's a co-operative volunteer effort between Emerson Aviation (It's Dave Emerson who officially calls ice-out each year) and the great aerial photographer I have had the pleasure of meeting, Bill Hemmel of .  Here you can also see and purchase some of the finest aerial photography in the state. 

"Ice-out" does not mean that all of the ice is gone. It is actually the moment when the M/S Mount Washington could cruise to all five of it's ports: Alton Bay, Center Harbor, Weirs Beach, Meredith and Wolfeboro. The earliest recorded ice-out (in 135 years) was March 18, 2016! The latest was the very cold winter on May 12, 1888.

Always check out the progress on Lake Winnipesaukee on

As for other lakes in New Hampshire, the NH DES VLAP began tracking Lake ice-in and ice-out dates in 2011 as there was no central repository for this information in New Hampshire. Many New Hampshire lakes have historical ice out records dating back to the early 1900's, Lakes Sunapee and Winnipesaukee to the 1880's, but not as much data exists for ice-in records. Tracking both ice-in and ice-out allows the determination of total ice cover days which is another important part of tracking physical, chemical and biological changes to lakes over time. With the erratic weather conditions experienced in recent years, the information can also help track climatological shifts and trends.

Here is a link for detailed Ice-in and Ice-out dates for other lakes.


Whatever you do don't walk, drive on or take a snowmobile on any frozen lake without knowing how safe it is to do so. That is another story for sure. 


Thank you

Michael Travis


Morning in America - on Long Pond - Northwood NH

Morning again in America, on Long Pond in Northwood, New Hampshire, Morning begins, like on any of the 1300 or so lakes & ponds in this state, as a quiet opening act where you begin to hear the birds come alive, the subtle ripples of water made by ducks floating, the fish jumping, or the occasional kayaker's paddle.  Time stands still here - even in motion. So can call me to find yourself in a lake home as special as the lake is. 603-303-2599


Morning in America -- on Long Pond from Waterfront Agent on Vimeo.

New Hampshire State of Mine

The Price to Pay for the Highest Quality of Life is Far Less in New Hampshire

Living the good life in New Hampshire cost far less than you would expect.

Having lived in NYC, East Haddam in Connecticut for weekends, and the North End of Boston I had a different opinion of New Hampshire long before ever stepping foot in the State. People I knew would call it "Cow Hampshire" or "New Hampster".
After all the population on NH was a fraction of what is in CT, MA or NY, and seemed to be in the boonies -- just so far north. However, it didn’t take long before realizing it was nothing less than picturesque and beautiful with over 1300 lakes, Lake Winnipesaukee, a pristine 44,000 acre lake in the Lakes Region made famous by the film “On Golden Pond” staring Katheryn Hepburn with Jane and Henry Fonda written by local talent Ernest Thompson. The “Big Lake” is surrounded by the majestic White Mountains
Here is my "New Hampshire State of Mine"

New Hampshire Trivia

  1. Of the thirteen original colonies, New Hampshire was the first to declare its independence from Mother England -- a full six months before the Declaration of Independence was signed. 
  2. The highest wind speed recorded at ground level is at Mt. Washington, on April 12, 1934. The winds were three times as fast as those in most hurricanes. 
  3. New Hampshire is the only state that ever played host at the formal conclusion of a foreign war. In 1905, Portsmouth was the scene of the treaty ending the Russo-Japanese War. 
  4. The first potato planted in the United States was at Londonderry Common Field in 1719. 
  5. Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr., the first American to travel in space is from East Derry, New Hampshire. 
  6. In 1833 the first free public library in the United States was established in Peterborough. 
  7. In the town of Warner the last passenger train stopped on November 4, 1955, and the last freight in 1961. Since then the tracks through town were torn up and sold as scrap iron. 
  8. New Hampshire adopted the first legal lottery in the twentieth century United States in 1963. 
  9. Cornish Hill Pottery Company handcrafts functional stoneware decorated in the traditions of Early American and European potters with a method known as "slip trailing". The slip is a creamy mixture of clay and water and is applied to moist, almost hardened pots by hand. The slip contains various colorants, including natural clay colors and metals. 
  10. New Hampshire's present constitution was adopted in 1784; it is the second oldest in the country. 
  11. On December 30, 1828, about 400 mill girls walked out of the Dover Cotton Factory enacting the first women's strike in the United States. The Dover mill girls were forced to give in when the mill owners immediately began advertising for replacement workers. 
  12. Levi Hutchins of Concord invented the first alarm clock in 1787. 
  13. The Irish-born American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens lived and worked in Cornish from 1885 until his death at age 59 in 1907. 
  14. The Mount Washington auto road at Great Glen is New Hampshire's oldest manmadetourist attraction
  15. In the fall of 1999, the Town of Newbury officially opened a B&M caboose as a visitor center at Bell Cove, Newbury Harbor. 
  16. Daniel Webster was a politician and statesman, born at Franklin in 1782. He was known in his day as a mighty orator, a reputation preserved in the Stephen Vincent Benet story The Devil and Daniel Webster, in which he beats the original lawyer, Lucifer, in a contract case over a man’s soul. 
  17. New Hampshire’s State House is the oldest state capitol in which a legislature still meets in its original chambers. 
  18. Alexandria was the birthplace of Luther C. Ladd, the first enlisted soldier to lose his life in the Civil War. 
  19. The very first motorized ascent of the Mount Washington auto road was by Feelan O. Stanley, of Stanley Steamer fame, in 1899. 
  20. Dover was settled in 1623. It is the oldest permanent settlement in New Hampshire. 
  21. The karner blue butterfly, lynx, bald eagle, short nose sturgeon, Sunapee trout, Atlantic salmon and dwarf wedge mussel are on the State's endangered species list. 
  22. Founded in 1866 at Durham, the University of New Hampshire serves an undergraduate population of 10,500 students. 
  23. The Enfield Shaker community was one of eighteen villages located from Maine to Kentucky and from Massachusetts to Ohio. 
  24. The quintessential New England community of Wolfeboro is known as "The Oldest Summer Resort in America". 
  25. Augustus Saint-Gaudens from Cornish was the first sculptor to design an American coin. His commission became fraught with difficulties related to Saint-Gaudens’ desire for high relief relative to the demands of mass production and use. 
  26. America's Stonehenge is a 4000 year old megalithic (stone constructed) site located on Mystery Hill in Salem and presently serves as a leisurely, educational tour for the whole family. 
  27. The Pierce Manse in Concord is the home of the only New Hampshire citizen ever elected President. Franklin Pierce was a hero of the war with Mexico and the youngest President elected at that time. 
  28. The Memorial Bell Tower at Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge has four bronze bas-reliefs designed by Norman Rockwell. The bell tower is specifically dedicated to women — military and civilian — who died serving their country. 
  29. The first free public library in the United States was established at Peterborough in 1833. 
  30. The Bavarian-style hamlet of Merrimack is home to the famous eight-horse hitch, and the Clydesdales maintained by the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. 
  31. Cannon Aerial Tramway is the first aerial passenger tramway in North America. It was built in 1938 at Franconia Notch. 
  32. In Holderness Captain Pierre Havre and his canine first mate, Bogie, have built a sailing tour around the locations from the Katherine Hepburn/Henry Fonda movie On Golden Pond. 
  33. The Christa McAuliffe Planetarium in Concord is a state-of-the art planetarium dedicated to the memory of New Hampshire teacher Christa McAuliffe, who died in the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger. 
  34. New Hampshire's state motto is "Live Free or Die". The motto comes from a statement written by the Revolutionary General John Stark, hero of the Battle of Bennington. 
  35. As leaders in the revolutionary cause, New Hampshire delegates received the honor of being the first to vote for the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. 
  36. New Hampshire has 10 counties, 13 municipalities, 221 towns and 22 unincorporated places. 
  37. Sarah Josepha Hale author and journalist who wrote the poem "Mary Had a Little Lamb" in 1830 is from Newport, New Hampshire. 
  38. The Belknap Mill built at Laconia in 1823 is the oldest unaltered brick knitting mill in America. 
  39. The Blue Ghost of Wolfeboro is the U.S. Mail Boat for Lake Winnipesaukee. It makes a daily 60-mile loop delivering mail to 30 stops at camps and islands around the lake. 
  40. At Stonyfield Farm in Londonderry you can learn how yogurt is made. From cow to incubator to cooler. They give away samples and you can buy some “moo” chandise. 
  41. New Hampshire did not officially adopt a state flag until 1909. Prior to that, New Hampshire had numerous regimental flags to represent the state. The present flag has only been changed once, in 1931 when the state's seal was modified. 
  42. The USS Albacore was a prototype submarine built at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and commissioned in 1953. At the time she was the fastest submarine ever designed. 
  43. The first capital city of New Hampshire was in Exeter
  44. The granite profile "Old Man of the Mountain" is one of the most famous natural landmarks in the state. The Old Man’s head measures 40 feet from chin to forehead and is made up of five ledges. Nature carved this profile thousands of years ago. The natural sculpture is 1,200 feet above Echo Lake. 
  45. It takes approximately 40 gallons of sap to make approximately 1 gallon of maple syrup. 
  46. Wallace D. Lovell built the Hampton River Bridge in 1900 called the "mile-long bridge". It was reputed to be the longest wooden bridge in the world. 
  47. Captain John Smith named New Hampshire after the town of Hampshire, England. 
  48. New Hampshire has a changeable climate, with wide variations in daily and seasonal temperatures. The variations are affected by proximity to the ocean, mountains, lakes or rivers. The state enjoys all four seasons. Summers are short and cool; winters are long and cold; fall is glorious with foliage. The weather station on Mount Washington has recorded some of the coldest temperatures and strongest winds in the continental United States. 
  49. New Castle is the smallest town in New Hampshire. It covers .8 square miles, or 512 acres. The town is composed of one large island and several smaller islands, and serves as a scenic residential and recreational community. 
  50. The Pembroke Glass Works produced crown window glass from 1839 until 1850. The process of gathering molten glass on a blowpipe, and blowing the glass into a balloon shape. The blowpipe is removed, a solid "punty" rod is attached and the glass is spun rapidly until a disc is formed. When the glass cools the outer portion beyond the central knob is then cut into panes

Famous people from New Hampshire are as follows:

  • Robert Frost, Poet that won four Pulitzer Prizes
  • Sarah Josepha Hale, Author and journalist
  • John Irving, Famous author
  • Christa McAuliffe, died in space shuttle Challenger explosion
  • in 1986
  • Bob Montana, Creator of the comic strip Archie in 1942
  • Franklin Pierce, The 14th President of the United States
  • Eleanor Porter, Children?s author
  • Alan B. Shepard Jr., first American in space in 1961
  • Earl Silas Tupper, Founder of Tupperware
  • Eleazar Wheelock, Founded Dartmouth College in 1769
  • Henry Wilson, Vice President of the United States under President Ulysses Grant
  • Michael Travis- your Waterfront Agent


Tamworth, NH - New England as it was when it was New

    Tamworth began with the granting of a charter from George the Third of England to the town in the name of Benning Wentworth in 1766.
By 1790 there were 47 heads of families in Tamworth; 126 by 1800. Parson Samuel Hidden was ordained here in 1792 and led the town for nearly fifty years.  
     The hardy people of Tamworth, sustained, by strong religious faith, able to survive through the smallpox epidemic of 1813; the "cold years" and famines of 1815, '16, and '17; the "siege of the wolves" on Great Hill in 1820; and the year 1827, when it snowed in every month.
    As soon as the first farms were established, saw mills, shingle mills, and turning mills proliferated in every part of town. Houses, churches, and schools were built close to them, forming the villages of South Tamworth, Whittier Chocorua, Wonalancet and Tamworth. Industry and inventiveness flourished. Loggers, blacksmiths, millers, shoemakers, storekeepers, furniture- and barrel-makers plied their trades. Nearly all were farmers too.
    Tamworth and surrounding towns gained an economic base from the surrounding beauty of the spectacular mountains and valleys, lakes and rivers, fields and forests that New Hampshire is still known for. To supply the growing number of visitors with places to stay and food, the farmers and their wives opened their homes to summer boarders. In the 1870s, the Blaisdales charged up to 12 quests at $1 per day or $5 for a week at the Fleetwood Farm (then called the "Fairview")  

    Many of the newcomers originally came as tourists to enjoy the scenic beauty and outdoor activities. Later many chose to stay on as second home owners or permanent residents. Perhaps the most famous was President Grover Cleveland, whose son Francis Cleveland founded The Barnstormers Theatre with his wife Alice in 1931. -the oldest professional summer theater in the country. Gorver's home is just up the street from Fleetwood Farm.
    With this cultural roots in the 1700s, it is no surprise that Tamworth is still known today for its artistic, literary and religious organizations. The town currently boasts two public libraries, an art gallery, the Arts Council of Tamworth, the Tamworth Historical Society, the Tamworth Foundation, six churches, The Barnstormers, and many resident authors, poets and artists.
It is a town that stands still in time, yet still has an active rich history still moving forward. Professional plays are still being performed, It is a town where you can have a home cooked meal at The Other Store surrounded by everything you would find in a general store from hardware, fising lures, kids toys magazines and fishing poles. Tamworth is New England like it was when it was "New".  Its charm and natural beauty never gets old.



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This Half Day Vacation will Last a Lifetime

This Half Day Vacation will Last a Lifetime


A half day impromptu vacation with my daughter began on a supply run, to  rented jet skis and ended at Piping Rock Resort in #Wolfeboro. The fond memories will never end.
    I'm in the business of helping people --to buy or sell a home and way more. With our office located in the heart of downtown Wolfeboro, and the rush of summer visitors in town (and the hoards at the Bailey Bubble) people are constantly streaming through our doors to ask about things to do, places to go, people to see, restaurants to try-and asking some of the strangest questions one can imagine.
    So my daughter Mariella decided to make her first solo road trip since graduating high school in Rockport MA to come to Wolfeboro. Now it was my turn to do the things I have only recommended others to do.  Only the pressure was on since it involves also creating a fond memory for father and daughter.
    Like any vacation plan, it started with a need for supplies, which in my case included everything--- food, tooth brush, water shoes, a bathing suit, things to do, and a place to stay for the night.
    First I made a reservation at Wolfeboro Jet Ski Rentals which meant Mariella and I had to first read the 68 page "Boater's Guide of New Hampshire on the Rules of Boating. Like any visiting NH guest without a boat license, we had to take a 25 question test to get a 14 day license.  Even though I learned to drive a boat long before I learned to drive a car, I still had a lot to learn. I really do not like taking tests and my daughter has had plenty of test taking skills gained in her senior year. Of course all her grades began with the letter "A".  And yes she did better than me.
    To prepare us for the big test, we had to have her favorite brain food of Crepes at Seven Suns Coffee & Tea   Then off to Bootleggers on North Main Street where we found a good selection of water shoes at a good price. My black leather shoes just would not suffice on the lake--and I didn't want to look like my Dad when he went to a "Poor Taste Party" wearing lime green shorts, long brown socks and black leather wingtips that would be allowed at the worst public golf course.
    Then we went next door to Dive #Winnipesaukee for a suit and sun screen. The cool glasses were tempting. Actually there was a lot in there to "Must Have"    Back to Bailey Bubble for that pre Jet Ski Soft Serve Ice cream. Hunters for a small stash of pretzels and water for the ride.
    Now facing the computer screen to take the 25 question boat licensing test. (There are 55 different versions of this test) First my daughter goes. I mean she hardly looked at the book. She passes with flying colors. Then I take it- and I pass--no flying colors.
    We get suited up in the provided life jackets. and off we went off for two hours on a speedy Jet ski.. We went past all the great land marks on the lake, past fellow Michigan Man #Mitt #Romney 3 bay boat house, the part of the lake where the boat crash scene in On Golden Pond was filmed, clients estates on Springfield Point, Pipers Point, Sinclair Lane, Tranquility Lane, Mountain Views, Sewall Road, Rattlesnake Island, and many more. The day was perfect. The water was smooth. the Sky was blue. The Mount Washington and the Millie B pass us.
    As fast as it seemed we were going on the jet ski, life just seemed to slow down. After being out on the water for two hours, our smiles were wide, our feet were wet, our faces a bit more red--or in my daughter's case tan. I'm sure my face looked redder because my hair looked blonder (which is a way of saying that my grey hair got whiter.)
    Seeing the exquisite estates that dot the shores from the water gives a whole new perspective. Being on a small watercraft on a 44,000 acre lake surrounded by mountain views and islands humbles your existence on this piece of paradise.
      Now a trip and Harvest Market for fresh food for dinner and breakfast.
      And off to Piping Rock in Wolfeboro. This is one of our company's listings handling all the rentals and many of the properties for sale. We stayed in one of the cabins with water views. We went to the groomed beach and sat as the loons started their evening calls and the sun started its evening orange glowing decent down behind the silhouetted trees in the distance
      Home cooking in our wood paneled temporary home was oh so nice. A comfortable sleep only enhanced by the sounds of some loons. Again waking up with the smell of bacon and eggs and fresh fruit for breakfast.
    My daughter then went off to continue her road trip to surprise her wonderful boyfriend who is working in Maine.
    Wolfeboro, the Lakes Region--and really New Hampshire -- has it all. Things to do. Places to go, People to see, and the best that Mother Nature can provide. So much can be packed into a half day. Living in a place people vacation is a year round benefit.
    I encourage you to take the time to be with each of your kids individually so they can have their own personal memory with you that will last forever, won't you?
    Now I am over 20,152 days old. Experiencing such a life long memory generated by a half day impromptu vacation with my daughter--simply priceless.


Lake Winnipesaukee, the heart of New Hampshire's Lakes Region


Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest lake in New Hampshire at over 44,000 acres and 200 feet deep surrounded by mountain vistas and the best that Mother Nature can provide. It encompasses the towns of Alton, Gilford, Laconia, Meredith, Center Harbor, Moultonborough, Tuftonboro and Wolfeboro. Each town has its own amenities and personality, all connected by the natural splendor of "The Big Lake".  
   You will find some of the most valuable waterfront homes in the State on the 180 miles of shoreline, though by comparison to properties in surrounding states,
the value is clear. The lake is a boating, fishing, scuba diving and water enthusiasts paradise. From late May to October, the MS Mount Washington, dating back to 1872 and today carries over 60,000 passengers a season with daily       excursions and dinner cruises.
    In the winter you will find some of the most unique "Bob Houses" dotting the icescape. Snowmobile trails criss cross the lake all the way to the Canadian border. You are in the heart of the best skiing in all of New England. Alton Bay has the  the country's only FAA designated iceport on the frozen ice on Alton Bay.
    Winnipesaukee and the surrounding lakes make up what is known as the Lakes Region. The area was the inspiration and backdrop for the movie "On Golden Pond" screenplay written by New Hampshire native Ernest Thompson staring Henry and Jane  Fonda and Katharine Hepburn. Other movies included "What about Bob"with Bill Murray,  'Click" with Adam Sandler and referenced to it in Three Stooges 1940 short "No Census, No Feeling"

Lake Winnipesaukee History.
It is an unusual glacial Lake that reversed flow from going toward the ocean to the direction of the Merrimack River.  Early explorers came to Laconia in the 1600's hoping the rivers would lead to Lake Champlain and the Great Lakes. Native Americans name Winnipesaukee means either "Smile of the Great Spirit" or "Beautiful Water in a High Place." At the outlet of the Winnipesaukee River, the Winnipesaukee Indians, a subtribe of the Pennacook, lived and fished at a village called Acquadocton. Today, the site is called The Weirs,

Lake Winnipesaukee Firsts.

o Center Harbor witnessed the first intercollegiate sporting event in the US when Harvard defeated Yale in the first Harvard-Yale Regatta on August 3, 1852.
o The M/V Sophie C, is the oldest, and one of only two currently operating floating United States Postal Service floating post offices since 1892.  
o Alton Bay has the country's only FAA designated iceport on the frozen ice on Alton Bay.
o "Ice Out" contest is an annual event where people guess the date that the Mount Washington can reach all of its ports, There are records since 1851
o French President Sarkozy spent his first US vacation in Wolfeboro.
o Wolfeboro is Americas Oldest Summer Resort.


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