Vacation in NH’s Connecticut Lakes Region
The Connecticut Lakes Region is a four seasons vacation destination in northern New Hampshire. Located on the border with Canada, this remote township is home to less than 900 people. It is rumored to have more resident moose than people! Outdoor lovers flock to the Connecticut Lakes for its lakes, streams, ponds and miles and miles of woods trails. Just an easy drive from major New England cities, a Connecticut Lakes vacation is affordable and fun.
The Connecticut Lakes are within the town Pittsburg NH. Pittsburg is the largest township in the lower 48 with 300 square miles of land. The small towns of Clarksville, Stewartstown, and Colebrook NH are south of Pittsburg along the Connecticut River. The Region is approximately 3 hours north of Manchester NH, 4.5 hours north of Boston, MA and 3 hours east-southeast of Montreal, Quebec. Airports for a Connecticut Lakes Region vacation include Manchester (MHT), Boston (BOS), Portland, Maine (PWM) and Montreal, QB (Yul).
Moose watching evenings in the Connecticut Lakes Region, a favorite family outdoor activity! Moose inhabit the Connecticut Lakes Region. These large woodland creatures are commonly seen along Moose Alley in Pittsburg, in Errol NH along the Androscoggin waterway and in nearby Norton VT. Of course, moose can be anywhere. Look for moose on Magalloway Road and East Inlet Road in Pittsburg. Check out Philbrook Park along Rte 3. Take a ride to Dixville Notch in search of moose or cruise Rte 114 to Norton Vt to find the beloved ‘swamp donkey’.
The Connecticut Lakes and the Connecticut River is well known for its fishing. Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Lake Trout and Landlocked Salmon keep anglers busy May through October 15th. Ice fishing on the Connecticut Lakes produces large lake trout, brown trout and cusk. Brook trout inhabit the area ponds while landlocked salmon and lake trout prefer the cold, deep lakes. Rainbows, browns, brook trout and juvenile landlocked salmon live in the Connecticut River and its tributaries. Record sized brown trout haunt the waters below Murphy Dam in the small village of Pittsburg. Native brook trout live in the small waters of Indian Stream, Perry Stream, Halls Stream and their tiny tributaries.
ATV, Quad and Snowmobiling
Motor sports enthusiasts enjoy ATV-ing the woods from Memorial Day Weekend through September 30th. Part of the ‘Ride the Wilds’ ATV trail system, spending the weekend on an ATV is the norm. Check into your trail side cabin, then hop on your ATV to access restaurants, fishing, scenic vistas or the town next door. Its all accessible from the maintained ATV trails. Then, return to the woods via snowmobiles after December 15th and enjoy the season which can last into April! Most area lodging offers accommodations ‘On the Trail’. Enjoy hundreds of miles of groomed smooth snowmobile trail which connect to Mane, Canada and Vermont.
The Connecticut Lakes Region features numerous lakeside lodges, mountainside cabins or country inns. These lodging properties book up quickly so advance planning is recommended. Spend a weekend, a week, or just a night at one of the area’s cozy cabin accommodations.