Where are the good launch sites on Squam in NH?
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Metcalf Road, west shore|
Posted by: WaterBird on Sep-13-13 10:23 PM (EST)
Avoid the state boat ramp in summer. First, unbelievably, kayakers can launch there but they are not allowed to park in the parking lot, they have to park in town. Reason: motor boaters paid for the ramp. I think that's outrageous, but it's an awful place to launch anyway, so much motor boat traffic.
Posted by: angstrom on Sep-15-13 12:28 PM (EST)
Yup. Metcalf Road off 113 is a nice launch. It's near the trailhead for East Rattlesnake. The parking and trailheads for West Rattlesnake and Morgan/Percival are just up the road.
Posted by: kayamedic on Sep-15-13 2:10 PM (EST)
Yikes! I would love to head over there in Oct. only 90 min from home. But solo ..the fees are way too much for me.
Goodness - your're right. |
Posted by: rpg51 on Sep-15-13 4:41 PM (EST)
I totally agree|
Posted by: WaterBird on Sep-15-13 8:24 PM (EST)
Those fees are ridiculous. An example of how sometimes "protecting land for public use" ends up meaning it's closed to a lot of people.
Posted by: angstrom on Sep-29-13 10:54 AM (EST)
The SLA is a private organization run on donations. A lot of the SLA land was purchased. There was a huge push by developers to build up Squam right after "On Golden Pond" was filmed there, and the SLA played a big part in minimizing the effects on the lake.
Sure but . . . |
Posted by: WaterBird on Sep-29-13 9:35 PM (EST)
those high camping fees mean that many people will never get to camp on Squam Lake. That doesn't seem right to me, if the goal was to preserve the islands for public use.
Posted by: WaterBird on Sep-15-13 8:17 PM (EST)
Can you give exact directions for the Dog Cove launch? I searched for it but couldn't find it. I read that it's steep and muddy. Is that true?
Lovely lake |
Posted by: rpg51 on Sep-29-13 6:29 AM (EST)
My wife and I made it over to Squam yesterday for a lovely day of paddling. It was one of those spectacular September days in northern New England. We put in at Metcalf road which worked out very well. We noticed a throng of what looked like 15 to 20 sea kayaks stopping for lunch at a beach across Rattlesnake bay and respectfully kept our distance wondering why folks paddle in such large groups. I thought to myself that it is not unlike the buses we encountered traveling the roads this time of year full of people enjoying the gorgeous fall foliage. Squam is a very pretty lake. It appeared to me that in the last 20-30 years since I was last there it is gradually being over run by "one percenters" building gorgeous homes on its shores. I will say that in the area we paddled there has been a good job of limiting the tree cutting along the shore and so the lake has a nice feel to it and in some areas there is no development at all. But, this is not a lake to paddle if you are seeking a wilderness experience. Very nice for sure, but not a place I would seek out for a week, or even a night, of primitive camping and paddling. Great spot to go and paddle for a day and then enjoy a nice dinner in a local restaurant.
Posted by: WaterBird on Sep-29-13 9:50 PM (EST)
The so-called New Hampshire lakes region is almost completely built up with trophy homes. There is no longer any wilderness paddling in New Hampshire, especially where you can kayak or canoe camp, except for Umbagog, which doesn't have the type of unfettered kayak camping that you find in Maine. It's against the law to camp on Umbagog in the off season.