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Boating and Water Sports
Register Your Boat
All motorized vessels must be registered, in addition to sailboats and sailboards 12 feet or longer. Nonmotorized canoes, kayaks and small sailboats do not need to register.
New boat: The new boat owner must register in person at any NH Department of Motor Vehicles substation. Some marinas, sport shops and town halls also can provide boat registrations; call first. The owner will be asked to show proof of ownership (such as bill of sale) and a photo ID.
Renewal: Once a boat is registered, registrants will receive a renewal form in the mail in subsequent years; boat registrations may be renewed by mail or in person.
Reciprocity: Any vessel that is registered in another state may operate on New Hampshire waters for 30 consecutive days or less without a NH boat registration. Operators must have the appropriate Safe Boating Certificate.
Ten Tips for Safe Boating:
1. Don’t overload. Carry only the specified limit for your craft and don’t sit on the gunwales or the transom.
2. Wear life jackets or vests. State law requires one wearable life preserver for each person in a boat. Kids 12 and under must wear a life preserver.
3. Know the water. Always carry a chart (map) of the waters you are boating on.
4. In an accident, your first obligation is to save lives and help the injured. Call NH Marine Patrol: (603) 293-2037.
5. Water and alcohol don’t mix. Sixty percent of recent boating fatalities in NH are alcohol-related. Don’t drink and boat—the .08 law applies to boaters too!
6. Use your lights. All boats operating after dark must display lights to be visible to other boaters.
7. Use caution when passing within 150 feet of another boat, swimmers, rafts, shore, docks, or mooring fields, you must be at the headway speed.
8. Don’t use the water as a dump. It is illegal to litter or discharge sewage into the water.
9. Don’t harass wildlife. All wildlife are protected on the state’s waters, subject to strict hunting and fishing regulations.
10. Take a boating safety course. For information, call Marine Patrol at (603) 267-7256
The Lakes of New Hampshire
The 273 lakes and ponds in the Lakes Region ensure plenty of fun throughout the seasons. Plenty of opportunity for on-water fun in every season. The largest lakes in the region include Lake Winnipesaukee which has 72 square miles with more than 200 miles of shoreline and 274 habitable islands; Squam Lake where “On Golden Pond” was filmed; Lake Winnisquam, Newfound Lake and Ossipee Lake.
New Hampshire’s lakes capture the heart of the nature lover, outdoorsman, and family that needs a break from every day life. Sit back, relax, enjoy the fresh air and have fun on the water as you explore the lakes.
Squam Lakes offer 65 miles of shoreline and 30 islands to explore by motor or paddle. You can also fish the waters for bass, salmon and trout.
Cottage Place on Squam Lake
Cottage Place is your perfect destination for a quick getaway or a vacation filled with memories situated on the shores of the pristine Squam Lakes in Holderness, the heart of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region and the foothills of the spectacular White Mountains. The Cottage Place property offers you a perfect retreat. Relax in one of the many Adirondack chairs on the grounds, sunbathe and swim on our private beach, paddle a kayak around Evans Cove, have your lunch on one of the many picnic tables, cook dinner on one of the outdoor grills and then enjoy a camp fire in the evening. The Cottage Place rents kayaks and a paddle boat for a nominal fee.
Riveredge Marina is a certified service center for MasterCraft boats, Indmar and Ilmor engines, in addition to certified service for Honda, Mercury / Mercruiser, VolvoPenta, and PCM.
Lake Winnipesaukee Boat Tours (Group)
Mount Washington Cruises offers Scenic Daytime and Sunset Dinner Dance Cruises on Lake Winnipesaukee, NH from late May through October. The M/S Mount Washington visits 5 ports on Lake Winnipesaukee and takes on passengers in Wolfeboro, Meredith, Center Harbor and Alton Bay on alternating days of the week with daily cruises from Weirs Beach. The Mount Washington Cruises fleet consists of the 230-ft. M/S Mount Washington and two smaller vessels, the US Mail Boat, Sophie C., and M/V Doris E. A private luxury cruise is a great way to spend quality family time together and forget the stress of everyday life. Catch a glorious sunrise or breathtaking sunset and perhaps you’ll spot a loon or other wildlife along the way. We can arrange to stop in any of the ports around the lake for shopping or dining.
Lake Winnipesaukee Boat Tours, Private
Enjoy the splendor of 72 square mile Lake Winnipesaukee on a private cruise of the lake aboard a custom-built “Down East Cruiser.” Our flexible schedule allows you the choice of morning, afternoon or evening cruises that best fit your schedule and vacation plans. A private cruise allows you and your guests to enjoy Lake Winnipesaukee at its very best. Latitude 43° cruises in many areas that are not accessible to larger boats and allows route changes along the way. On your journey, you will see some of the many islands, magnificent mountains and hidden coves that surround and are part of Lake Winnipesaukee.
Explore Squam Cruise
This unforgettable guided tour has something to delight everyone. Learn about the natural history of the lake, the wildlife that makes Squam so special, and the people who have enjoyed these lakes for over 5,000 years. View locations where the movie “On Golden Pond” was filmed over 30 years ago. Watch for Common Loons, Bald Eagles, and other wildlife.
May 20 – June 30: Daily at 1:00 p.m.
July 1 – August 31: Daily at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. (Mondays and Fridays the Loon Cruise replaces the Explore Squam Cruise at 3:00 p.m.)
September 1 – October 9: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., Friday through Monday at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
For more information on reservations and pricing: explore Squam and cruise today!