The Squam Lakes Association has studied boating use on Squam since 1988. From 1988-2014, boat counts were carried out through a volunteer-driven on-the-water boat censuses. Aerial surveys began in 2014 and are conducted annually.
- To learn more about the results of the boat census, read the Squam Watershed Report.
- Boat count data through 2016 is available here.
- A map of the boat count areas is here.
- Information on Squam Marina gas usage (2006-2016) is available here. Thanks to Riveredge Marina and Squam Boat Livery for providing data.
During the summer months the Squam Lakes Association conducts the Squam Keepers program in order to increase SLA presence on the lake, make observations on shoreline development, and track lake activity. The observations made serve as important qualitative indicators of lake health and notes the weather conditions, water clarity, boating traffic, wildlife activity, human activity, and shoreline activity.
- A summary of the Squam Keeper's observations can be found here.
- A map of boating census areas is here.
- The routes of Squam Keepers for the months of July and August are available here.
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services maintains the Squam Lake Dam in Ashland. Click here for current lake levels. The image below displays average lake levels from 1982-2014. Click the image to enlarge.
Ice out has been tracked on Squam since 1978. Ice out is determined by being able to drive a boat from the covered bridge in Ashland to the Sandwich Town Beach. Average ice out is April 16th. Click on the image below to enlarge. Read the entire article on ice out 2017 here.