Summer in NH’s Connecticut Lakes Region

Sun, Fun and Lots to Do

With so many lakes, ponds and streams in the Connecticut Lakes Region, there are many ways to cool off in the summer. Grab your friends and swim at First Connecticut Lake Beach or paddle East Inlet in the early morning to catch a glimpse of moose grazing in the water meadow. If you love to fish, grab your rod and head out to Coon Brook Bog, Indian Stream or Third Connecticut Lake to fish for brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout and landlocked salmon.

Moose Alley Straight Ahead SummerWildlife

Wildlife viewing in the Connecticut Lakes Region in the early summer can be worth the drive alone. Moose, deer, fox and more are often seen along the roadways and in Moose Alley. Eagles and osprey fish the waters of the Upper Connecticut River and Connecticut Lakes. Loons inhabit many of the lakes and ponds. Watch for a baby or two on the back of a loon in July and August.

In late August, we celebrate the Moose at our annual Moose Festival. For more than 20 years, the communities of the Connecticut Lakes Region put on breakfasts, concerts, moose cruises, a car show and more. Moose are an important part of the Great North Woods culture. We welcome visitors from all over the world to celebrate the moose with us!

Fly Fishing

Unlike many New England fishing destinations, the Upper Connecticut River fishes well all summer long. Benefiting from two tail-water dams, river waters stay cool all summer. Abundant insect life provide a steady supply of food for the brook, brown and rainbow trout that inhabit the deep pools. The Upper Connecticut River is world renown for its trout and landlocked salmon fishing.


The Region is dotted with lakes, ponds, stream and bogs. If you love to get on the water and paddle, float or motor, opportunities are endless in the Connecticut Lakes Region. The lakes are best accessed with a motor boat or kayaks paddled along the shoreline. Storms can whip the water into whitecaps in a short amount of time. First Connecticut Lake offers two picnic areas on Picnic Island. Uninhabited and wild, Picnic Island can only be accessed by boat. An American flag is the only landmark at the picnic sites. For a chance to see wildlife near the water, bring a canoe or kayak to East Inlet. Owned by the Nature Conservancy, this wetland area is known as a moose meadow. Bordered on one side by a virgin stand of forest, this woodland waterway is home to moose.

Summer Fun

  • First Lake Beach
  • Summer Festivals
  • Moose Watching
  • Fly Fishing
  • Antiquing
  • Hiking the Cohos Trail
  • Visit Quebec
  • Fishing

Summer Tips

Bring clothes for warm days. New England summer days can vary from 60 degrees to 90 degrees.

Keep binoculars handy when driving, hiking or paddling

Friendly gray-white-black birds are Gray Jays. They live in the forest and will often land in your hand when offered a cracker.