The Ultimate Boater’s Guide To The North Country

Photo: Courtesy of Wes Lavin
Fall in NH & VT, autumn, fall foliage
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Whether your ideal day of boating involves taking a powerboat out on a large lake to chase fish or enjoying a peaceful paddle in a kayak along a quiet, scenic pond, the North Country’s many lakes, ponds and rivers offer visitors wonderful boating adventures.

The North Country is home to many beautiful large lakes, including the Connecticut Lakes, Lake Francis and Back Lake. These lakes are renowned for their fishing, but they also have breathtaking scenery. Convenient boat launches can be found all along the Daniel Webster Highway, making it easy to get your boat on the water. 

The region is also a New Hampshire paddleboarding paradise where you can explore beautiful waterways, look for wildlife like moose, deer, bald eagles and loons, or just drift while fishing for trout and salmon. East Inlet is a popular spot for paddlers. The North Country surrounding Pittsburgh and the Connecticut Lakes is one of the region’s last stands of virgin forests and is a popular place to see wildlife. Another wonderful destination, Lake Umbagog, just west of Errol NH features miles of scenic shoreline, remote islands to explore, and cabins and campsites to stay in. Second Connecticut Lake has 11 miles of diverse shoreline, and paddlers love exploring its islands and marshy inlets.

If you don’t own a boat, no problem. Many places in the area can rent you kayaks, canoes and, in some cases, even paddleboards.

Photo: Courtesy of Wes Lavin

A boating experience in the North Country will bring you close to nature, help you forget the stresses of modern life and provide memories for years to come.


This 32 page guide to our neck of the woods will help you find our local merchants, outdoor adventures and tourist events you won’t want to miss!

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