Boating & Pleasure Cruises

Boating on WinnipesaukeeLake Winnipesaukee is a huge New Hampshire water center that accommodates boating in many forms. There are a host of islands, meaning 365, six of which are accessible by bridges. Boat, canoe, jet ski and kayak rentals are available at eight different marinas around the lake. Pontoons and sloops are also available for rental. There are deepwater slips for sailboats and plenty of room on the lake for sailing.

Launch ramps and slips exist in many places around the lake’s perimeter, and marinas have winter storage for boats as well. There are quite a few mooring sites at these marinas for summer boaters and many have public mooring areas. With roughly 70 square acres of lake, this area is well-equipped to serve most, if not all, boating needs.

Fishing and water skiing are two favorite boating activities along with enjoying a simple boat ride. Pleasure cruises on the M/S Mt. Washington leave from five different sites: Laconia (Weirs Beach), Meredith, Wolfeboro, Alton Bay and Center Harbor. Cruises leave from Weirs beach daily at different times.

Daytime cruises show off scenic areas of the lake, and dinner-dance cruises at sunset provide some nighttime entertainment. Cruises for champagne brunches happen every Sunday, leaving from Weirs Beach and Alton Bay. That covers a lot of cruising fun.

Private charters in Wolfeboro can be found on the 65-foot Belle; she takes cruisers out three times a day. She’s a 19th-century reproduction paddle boat and holds about 100 people. Groups of all kinds enjoy a nice ride around the lake. Families and businesses can hire the Belle for a relaxing trip with food and beverage service.

The Wolfeboro Town Docks hosts the Millie B, a 1928 HackerCraft replica. It’s a beautiful 28-foot mahogany boat, or “woodie,” that brings back memories of an older era of boating. It also resembles the one in the James Bond movie, and it’s no slacker. Call to find out about times and days for rides.

Boaters bringing their own water conveyances can check “Bizer’s List of Boat Launches” if this information is needed. This site includes other relevant information like where to get bait, gas and other necessities for boating and fishing. Ice and beverage supplies are readily available as well.

There is no lack of boats for sale at the local marinas, of course, and looking never hurt anyone. Enjoy boating on the lake.

Photo credit: “DSC_8214-1: Millie B close-up” by stannate is licensed under CC BY 2.0