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Newfound Lake

Newfound Lake is considered to be the most beautiful lake in New Hampshire by many. Nested in the beautiful White Mountains, Newfound Lake is smaller than Lake Winnipesaukee and Squam Lake, and often quieter than Lake Sunapee, without giving up any natural beauty. Newfound Lake is seven miles long and two and a half miles wide. It’s 183 feet deep at its deepest and is fed by eight springs, making this glacial lake one of the most pure lakes in the country. Anyone looking for lakefront real estate in New England or access to one of the most pristine lakes in the world should consider Newfound Lake in New Hampshire.

Newfound Lake is bordered by the towns of Alexandria, Bridgewater, Bristol, and Hebron, New Hampshire. Newfound Lake’s beauty is in part due to the consistent stewardship by the Newfound Lake Region Association. Locals and visitors alike love the many cottages on Newfound Lake’s shores, and the towns that border Newfound Lake are ideal for those who want to escape it all while still having access to food, shopping, events, and bigger cities within a relatively short drive.

For dining, the Bridgewater Inn Steakhouse is a favorite. In the summer, events like the Around the Lake Sailing Race and Hebron Fair attract locals and visitors alike to celebrate the close-knit communities surrounding Newfound Lake. For accommodations, sitting on the eastern shore of Newfound Lake is the Inn on Newfound Lake, which has been welcoming guests since 1840.

Nature lovers can find plenty of things to do and see on Newfound Lake, including Paradise Point at the head of Newfound Lake. This New Hampshire Audubon preserve boasts 3,500 feet of untouched shoreline and 43 acres to explore on foot or boat. You can rent kayaks and canoes from the nature center. Wellington State Park is a beautiful park, complete with picnic areas, a wonderful beach, and a boat launch. Sculptured Rocks Natural Area is technically part of the Cockermouth River and not Newfound Lake, but being less than three miles away, it’s one of the most popular swimming holes in the area and is quintessentially New England.

All of the towns around Newfound Lake are wonderful places to live, raise a family, and retire. The village of Hebron is not to be missed, with its quaint country store and grassy square (which isn’t really “square”). The small town of Bristol offers delicious food and antiques shopping, as well as a fun place to simply stroll around that’s not on the lake. The brick lined downtown area is worth exploring when you’re taking a break from the water or need to fuel up before your next adventure.

Lake Facts

  • Acres: 4,451
  • Length: 7 miles
  • Max Depth: 183’


  • Burbot (Cusk)
  • Horned pout (Brown bullhead)
  • Lake trout
  • Landlocked salmon
  • Pickerel
  • Rainbow trout
  • Rock bass
  • Smallmouth bass
  • Whitefish

Lake Resources


  • Skicraft are banned on Sanborn's Bay, Hebron Bay, from Roger's Point to Paradise Point between Hebron Bay and Sanborn's Bay, Follansbee Cove, Hornet Cove, Pikes Bay, and the Southeast Cove. Skicraft may proceed at headway speed through restricted areas to non-restricted areas.
  • The channel between Cliff Island and Belle Island, and the channel between Mayhew Island and the mainland at Pikes Point, have speed limits of 6 MPH for all watercraft.
  • The area of Hebron Bay between the sandbar and marsh area, including the marsh area, and Pop’s Cove in Bristol and Bridgewater, are no wake zones.

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*Source: New Hampshire Fish and Game

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