Paddling in NH’s Connecticut Lakes Region

With five lakes, miles of river and numerous ponds, paddling in the Connecticut Lakes Region is an easy adventure for all. Water dominates the region. A chain of lakes, the Connecticut Lakes, offers paddling opportunities for all levels. Paddle a calm lake at dawn and watch loon families. Sunrise is the perfect time to get out and paddle. Lake water is calm at dawn. Watch the earth wake at the sun rises over the mountains while you paddle silently on the dark, cool water. Paddlers on outer ponds are often rewarded with the opportunity to watch moose graze on grasses just under the water’s surface. Bring your canoe, kayak, or water craft and enjoy the Connecticut Region this summer.


Explore the Connecticut Lakes, river and outer ponds in a kayak! Explore the shorelines of First Connecticut Lake, Second Connecticut Lake and Third Connecticut Lake by Paddling the Connecticut Lakes in New Hampshirekayak. Easy paddling on calm days allow for opportunities to view wildlife at the water edge. Or find a secluded beach to picnic with friends and family. The Connecticut River below Stewartstown NH offers river flat water for playing or fishing. Launch downstream from the Canaan VT / Stewartstown bridge on Rte 114. Take out across from the Rest Area on Rte 3 just north of the town of Colebrook, NH. The gentle paddle brings you through farmland. Keep an eye out on the river bank – wildlife frequent the river’s edge to get water. Deer, lynx, osprey, eagles and more are seen along the river.


Could there be a more traditional to explore the water ways of the Connecticut Lakes Region than in a canoe? Slip a canoe into an outer pond, Back Lake or on the Connecticut River below Stewartstown NH for solitude and fishing. Rent a canoe at the Lake Francis State Campground to paddle the man-made lake, Lake Francis. Paddle into the inlet in the spring and fall for great landlocked salmon and trout fishing. Or paddle the shoreline of the lake to find a remote beach or private picnic location. Launch a canoe at the logging bridge or along East Inlet Road and paddle into Second Connecticut Lake. Fish for lake trout and landlocked salmon as well as brook trout in the river.


With numerous ponds, lakes and streams in the Connecticut Lakes Region, anglers often get on the water in a kick boat. Fish without having to row or paddle, catch brook trout on ponds such as Terrill Pond, Round Pond or Coon Brook Bog with a kick boat.  Or rent a row boat, kayak or canoe. If you like to fish, try paddling East Inlet, Moose Pond or Big Brook Bog. All small ponds in the Connecticut Lakes Region have brook trout. Even high country ponds such as Stub Hill Pond, a pond near the top of Stub Hill – Pittsburg’s largest mountain. NH Fish and Game stock many of the ponds in the area. In the case of Stub Hill, Fish and Game use helicopters to stock the high elevation ponds.