Squam Lake--West (Grafton Co.)

Squam Lake--West (Grafton Co.)

Holderness, New Hampshire 03245

Squam Lake Official Website

Tips for Birding

Birds reported on checklists using this hotspot are assigned to Grafton County. Birders who carefully keep records of birds seen by the county should use more specific locations for birds seen in other counties on Squam Lake.

About Squam Lake

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Widely known as the filming location for On Golden Pond, Squam Lake is a quieter summertime destination in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire that sits just south of the White Mountains and northwest of Lake Winnipesaukee. Squam Lake serves as a nesting site for loons, bald eagles, and great blue herons; it’s also home to a plethora of fish species, including trout, salmon, bass, pickerel, and perch. Dotted with about 30 islands and several unnamed islets, it drains via a channel into Little Squam Lake. There’s a sense of natural serenity here, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. Squam is surrounded by four lively Lakes Region towns, ensuring that visitors will find plenty of things to do, places to stay, and eateries to check out.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

Content from Squam Lake webpage

Last updated November 8, 2023