There’s something magical and serene about taking a boat ride, or hopping in a canoe or kayak on a hot summer day. The water is pristine and refreshing, the mountain views are stunning, and in the White Mountains, you have your choice of rivers or lakes you can spend the day relaxing on. Here are 8 places we love, where you can enjoy a day on the water.
If you’re looking for a way to spend time exploring the beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee, the largest lake in New Hampshire, then the M/S Mount Washington has a cruise for you. Take a scenic tour in the daytime or evening, enjoy a brunch cruise, Fireworks cruise, or the Family Fun Day cruise.
Experience beautiful Squam Lake on a private tour, customized to your liking! Enjoy basking in the sun, staying in the shade, anchor at one of the coves or sandy beaches for a dip in the water, or enjoy a beautiful New Hampshire sunset with a glass of wine. You can also get a tour of where many of the On Golden Pond scenes were shot.
The Ammonoosuc River may be difficult to pronounce, but it certainly offers an incredible place to kayak. Great Glen Trails offers Guided Wildlife Kayak Tours which are perfect for families, those who have never been in a kayak, or those wanting a leisurely day on the water. You may even see a moose, bald eagle, or osprey! Looking for a more intense adventure? They also offer whitewater kayaking trips as well.
Echo Lake State Park is situated on 39 acres and boasts stunning views of Franconia Notch. Feel free to relax or play on the sandy beach, or take advantage of their paddleboat, kayak, and canoe rentals. Take some time to explore the lake at your own speed.
This 90-minute guided tour brings you around the rocky shores, mountain views, and celebrated islands of Squam. You may even see a loon or two! The knowledgeable tour guides give you a historical and natural information about Squam and the surrounding area. If you’re looking for a themed cruise, they also offer the Bald Eagle Adventure, Cruise with a Naturalist, Dinner and Sunset Cruise, and the Lake Explorers Family Cruise.
Looking for a way to soak in some of the White Mountains beautiful scenery? ELC Outdoors offers canoe and kayak rentals, as well as transportation, so you can take a leisurely paddle on a single day or multi-day tour. You can also take part in their Androscoggin River Paddle, a 5-mile, relaxing trip where you can bring your fishing pole and lunch and possibly see a moose, or osprey.
Saco Valley Canoe-Conway
Spend a lazy day on the Saco River when you rent a canoe or kayak with Saco Valley Canoe. This picturesque spot in the Mount Washington Valley offers 3.5 miles of waterfront and you can also take advantage of some of their longer trips with multiple locations to explore.
Don’t let the word “ski” throw you off! Ski Fanatics offers kayak and canoe excursions on the Pemigewasset River throughout the summer and will even transport you to the designated location. Become one with nature, take a deep breath, and relax as you paddle the Pemi.