Lakes Region (New Hampshire)

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New Hampshire Lakes Region
Squam Lake from West Rattlesnake: a typical vista in the Lakes Region
Squam Lake from West Rattlesnake: 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
The Lakes Region (in darker blue) is located in the east-central portion of the state.

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.


  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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