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 ran in 2014 through 2017. We conducted a static survey in 2018.
- To learn more about the results of the boat census, read the Squam Watershed Report.
- Boat count data through 2018 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. These records serve as important qualitative indicators of lake health and note the weather conditions, water clarity, boating traffic, wildlife activity, human activity, and shoreline activity.
- 2017 Summary of Squam Keeper Observations
- 2016 Summary of Squam Keeper Observations
- A map of boating census areas is 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 1982-2018. 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.