Squam Lakes News

  • The pull to get out in the fresh air and sunshine will draw many outdoors. However it's important to be patient with the trails in order to protect them! Many boots traveling well-hiked trails after the snow melts can really damage the resource.
  • 2016 marked another successful year removing the invasive variable milfoil from the Squam Lakes.
  • On the schedule for March, local artist and photographer, Jon Secord will present time-lapse photography of various landscapes in New Hampshire.
  • SLA wilderness first aid solo class
    Learn how to manage an emergency in the backcountry from a Solo certified instructor. This comprehensive two day course is a fast paced, hands-on training program. It's designed to meet the needs of hikers, skiers, hunters, fisherman, trip leaders, camp staff, and other outdoor enthusiasts who recreate in remote locations.
  • While the summer crowds hibernate, you can embrace a variety of SLA hiking trails this season! The Squam Lakes Association provides plenty of winter friendly opportunities for all levels. Here are 5 of the best winter hikes around Squam.
  • This is a great way to get outdoors and embrace the season! Join the Squam Lakes Association for a full day of family friendly events!
  • Join us Wednesday, February 8th to learn about the art and science of Celestial Navigation from specialist, Steve Durham. This is one speaker series where you are sure to walk away with skills that will guide you in the night sky and beyond.
  • Because monitoring the lakes doesn't end with summer! Sign up to monitor water quality this winter.
  • We continue to make significant strides on the Squam Watershed Plan! A public meeting will be held in late spring or early summer to share project developments. Stay tuned for the date!
  • Rower by day, writer by night- Mary Ann Lee McGarry, long-time environmental science educator at Plymouth State University, writes a beautiful piece about her experience with Squam Community Rowing on Squam Lake.
  • Join us on Wednesday January 25th @ 7PM to hear about local ski legend Dan Egan, his ties to the Squam Community, his exciting Skiing Career and the Hall of Fame!
  • In mid- autumn, Ashland Elementary School students were able to take two exploratory field trips to the newly established conservation area in Ashland known as Whitten Woods. The trips were led by long-time environmental educator and current Plymouth State University graduate student, Carolyn Loeb, and chaperoned by Ashland teachers and school staff. 
  • Considering using a de-icer this year? Before you do make sure to consider the safety, environmental and legal issues involved.
  • Winter is just around the corner! There are a number of resources to help property owners, business owners, and towns to maintain safe roads, driveways and parking lots while protect the health of our surface and ground water.
  • Are you ready to make your summer plans for 2017?
  • Join us for a talk on making the case to conserve upland areas in and around the Squam watershed.
  • The 2016 Squam Ridge Race was a huge success! Despite an early morning thunderstorm many racers took to the ridge line and gave it their all. The fire pit kept folks warm, our amazing volunteers on the grills kept the food coming, and the aid stations and trail monitors supported racers throughout the day!
  • "I am leaving this internship with a newfound appreciation for all of the work that goes into preserving an area such as Squam."
  • "To myself and the eight interns that I’m proud to call my friends, this lake has nurtured our bodies and souls the way that only the most special places may."
  • "I just really enjoy working with the summer camp because the kids are always great and it is nice to get the opportunity to work with other members of the SLA staff."
  • Join SLA milfoil experts at the Cottage Place on Little Squam this Saturday, August 20th from 9-11. We'll teach you aquatic ecology basics and plant identification, and the Cottage Place will provide coffee, snacks, and a spot to peek into the Lake.
  • Come join the fun. You can choose to run competitively or complete one of two routes as a hike. Register by Wednesday August 17th to be garanteed a technical race t-shirt.
  • "All of the events and programs organized by or in collaboration with SLA are efforts that bring people together who have a connection to the Squam community in order to communicate ideas, support a cause, or expand our understanding of the region."
  • Join Conservation Intern Maggie Kelly for a short walk through Squam Lake Association’s (SLA) woods to learn about native tree species and how to identify them!
  • "I’ve gained a much deeper understanding of what it means to work to conserve the natural environment, and how to do so while still letting people enjoy and respect nature in a responsible way."
  • Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is joining with Holderness School to host a special showing of the documentary film Most Likely to Succeed. Dr. Tony Wagner, of Harvard University's Innovation Lab, will share this compelling 90-minute film focused on inspiring and empowering communities to take action against the flaws in their American school systems.
  • "There’s a light side and a dark side to having days off when it comes to the SLA internship."
  • Conservation Intern, Olivia Roberts, will lead a kayaking tour around Squam to observe and listen to the different birds around the lake, both in the water and in the trees. Participants will first learn the four basic strokes of kayaking, then proceed to kayak around the lake, all while keeping a lookout for the loons and their chicks!
  • "Trail work helps maintain the integrity of the natural landscape for all of us to enjoy."
  • A detailed and thoughtful discussion for property owners seeking to ensure the land they love will become part of a family legacy that will be enjoyed for generations to come. Four Squam property owners discuss their own challenges, limitations, and triumphs in dealing with this important issue.
  • "I am really enjoying these last few weeks I have left here. I am trying to take it in as much as possible and take advantage of every opportunity I get."
  • "Maybe our job title should actually read: conservation intern and professional troubleshooter."
  • The White Oak Pond Watershed Association, in collaboration with the Squam Lakes Association and the Squam Lakes Conservation Society, is sponsoring a classic rock concert and dance at the beautiful Fisher Family Activity Barn in Holderness! This event raises funds for the Marry H. Perry Conservation fund which helps preserve open land in the White Oak Pond Watershed, for future generations to enjoy.
  • Updating the Squam Watershed Plan is a community effort! The Online Visioning Session is an opportunity for all of our community members to shape the Vision Statement for the new Watershed Plan.
  • Join Squam Conservation Intern, Katri Gurney, in a tranquil walk through Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest while discussing the history of the forest surrounding Squam Lake and identifying trees native to the region. Expect to walk a minimum of two miles and a maximum of four miles. Participants will meet in the east parking lot. All ages are welcome.
  • "It really shows how just a handful of divers who are passionate about conserving this beautiful area can truly make a difference in such a short amount of time."
  • "Working on Squam continues to be a constant surprise and persistent pleasure."
  • Join SLA Conservation Staff on Saturday (7/23/16) in Piper Cove for a morning of Weed Watching! We'll be running these events every Saturday morning all summer.
  • During the summer months, especially July and August, it is not uncommon to see large masses of green, filamentous algae in the water as you swim or boat through the lake. Learn more about this natural occurrence.
  • "We are lucky to have healthy, happy loons here on Squam, thanks to conservation work from the Loon Preservation Committee and organizations like Squam Lakes Association. "
  • Join Conservation Intern Erin Shilling on Friday, July 22nd from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. for a chance to learn more about creative cooking in the outdoors! Ages 12 and up are welcome.
  • Join SLA Conservation Staff on Saturday (7/16/16) in Dog Cove as we kick off a summer of Weed Watching! We'll be running these events every Saturday morning all summer, stay tuned for specific locations.
  • "It feels good knowing that I am not only doing something I enjoy, but I am helping protect the lake as well."
  • Come sail the Around the Lake Race for a great cause!
  • "Simple machines are wondrous!"
  • Join Conservation Intern Kyle Zollo-Venecek on Friday, July 15th from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. for a guided paddle and discussion about the water cycle with the added feature of cloud gazing. Ages 10 and up are welcome!
  • "It’s hard to know how well information about conservation work is being received and taken to heart by people not directly involved in the work, so getting out there as a lake host has been a great way to see that people are actually listening and do care."
  • Join SLA Conservation Staff on Saturday (7/9/16) in Dog Cove as we kick off a summer of Weed Watching! We'll be running these events every Saturday morning all summer, stay tuned for specific locations.
  • The Watershed Plan update process is well underway. There are a few opportunities for public involvement coming up in July. Add your insight, experience, and ideas to the plan update this month!
  • "One of the reasons that this lake has stayed the way it has over so many years is due to the hard work of... people that volunteer their time to conserve the watershed around Squam."
  • Join Conservation Intern Maggie Gaiero on Friday, July 8th for a scavenger hunt through using navigational skills and compasses! All ages welcome. Family groups encouraged.
  • "The main message of Squam Keeping is making our presence known across the whole lake, and to spread our message of conservation to the public."
  • Join SLA Conservation Staff on Saturday (7/2/16) in Cotton Cove as we kick off a summer of Weed Watching! We'll be running these events every Saturday morning all summer, stay tuned for specific locations.
  • The SLA is excited to announce our Second Annual Squam Canoe Classic! This is a very approachable bass tournament experience with plenty of good natured sportsmanship to go around. This fishing series is all about the love of the lake, having a great time on the water and landing the big one.
  • Join Conservation Intern Jordan Jones as he teaches basic fishing skills to kids ages 7-13 on Friday, July 1st.
  • Highlights include continued healthy waters in the lake, an increase in stocked salmon to manage a dwindling population, a hugely successful season of milfoil management, and more acreage of conserved within the watershed.
  • "It is so worthwhile to preserve this watershed."
  • Join Gio, Squam Conservation Intern, on June 24, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. for an afternoon of interesting and useful techniques on reading nature’s clues. Ages 12 & up are welcome.
  • "As I continue to cross peaks and trails off of my ranger checklist, I am learning that the purpose of becoming a Squam Ranger is not to simply see the sites or walk the land, that is only the means to an end. By traveling the land around Squam, you gain an insight on this special place; you learn the story of Squam and find yourself living in it."
  • Bears are regular visitors around the lake, including at our campsites at Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest. Intern Maggie Kelly provides some basic information on camping in bear country.
  • "I have been hiking all of my life, but I never really put much thought into how much hard work went into making the trails I hiked a possibility. It wasn’t until the second week of training for the internship when we learned the basics of trail maintenance that I began to wrap my mind around how much time and energy goes into making every step along a trail possible."
  • "With SLA every day is something new— ranging from scuba diving for the purpose of removing non-native milfoil to maintaining trails and campsites in order to preserve the surrounding forests. I love the hands on nature of the internship. I love that I’m not glued to a computer screen for eight hours every day."
  • Join the Squam Lakes Association (SLA) on June 17th, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. for a morning of fun and adventure in Belknap Woods. Ages 12 & up are welcome. As part of the SLA Adventure Ecology program series, conservation intern Stevie Raymond will guide a group of participants in a fun exploration of wetlands and the animals that call these fascinating ecosystems home.
  • "I came to this internship really looking forward to all of the new skills I would be learning- scuba diving, trail maintenance, managing aquatic invasive species, getting wilderness first aid certified, along with many others. But I think I’ve had an even better time learning how much actually goes into being a conservation association."
  • "All I could think about was how incredible this watershed is and the opportunity I have to help preserve it. Removing the variable milfoil has multiple benefits that can be felt by many plants, animals, and even us humans. I’m glad to be a part of the ongoing efforts on the lake. The Squam Lakes watershed is the next step I am taking to get closer to my future goals."
  • "Today we learned a couple of new skills that will be crucial for surviving this summer: how to chop firewood, and how to properly remove variable milfoil using the bag technique."
  • Join SLA Conservation Staff on Saturday (6/11) in Grapevine Cove as we kick off a summer of Weed Watching! We'll be running these events every Saturday morning all summer, stay tuned for specific locations.
  • "I have camped in remote regions of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Illinois before coming to Squam, but the sounds of the surrounding wildlife here are much louder and more present than anywhere else I have ever been. I think it says a lot about our conservation efforts."
  • "One of my favorite parts of the internship so far has been the boating. I have realized that I truly belong on the water."
  • "It’s going to be a great summer."
  • Have you ever wanted to row on Squam? Squam Community Rowing (SCR) is offering two "Learn to Row" clinics this coming season. Click here to learn more!
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    Summer is just around the corner! Register soon to reserve your spot!
  • The bios for the 2016 Squam Conservation Interns are available now! Meet the faces of those who will be the driving force behind the SLA's conservation mission.
  • "We’re only about a month away from the start of the internship, and I’m basically counting down the days until the interns arrive and the summer work begins."
  • Great news hikers. All Squam Lakes Association Trails are ready and open as of 4/13/2016 for the season!
  • The Watershed Wellness Committee--the group that is steering the watershed plan update--met for the first time on March 23, 2016.
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    The ice is out, Spring is here, and we here at the SLA are getting ready for another awesome summer.
  • Eastern Adaptive Sports donates $1000 to the Whitten Woods "Climb to the Top" matched contribution campaign. Check out this story and get inspired to join this community effort.
  • Learn the art and science behind bee keeping! Stop in to the Squam Lakes Association March 23rd from 7-8pm for an interesting presentation by the Pemi - Baker Beekeepers.
  • Learn how to manage an emergency in the backcountry from a SOLO certified instructor. This comprehensive two day course is a fast paced, hands-on training program. It's designed to meet the needs of hikers, skiers, hunters, fisherman, trip leaders, camp staff, and other outdoor enthusiasts who recreate in remote locations. It will introduce you to caring for people who become ill or injured far from definitive medical care.
  • The watershed plan update process is underway! Check out what we've been up to in the past month and what's upcoming.
  • How would the state economy be affected if residents and visitors who fish, boat and swim perceive any negative changes to the water quality in the areas where they recreate?” One of the goals of this study were to create useful information for policy makers, and promote “big picture” thinking that overcomes the perception that growth and healthy public waters are mutually exclusive. Come find out what the numbers mean and why this is so important for the overall health of New Hampshire Lakes.
  • Winter's uneven temperatures and high winds have affected ice formation, particularly on the state's larger lakes. It is not a good idea to drive vehicles on the ice this winter and if on foot make sure to use an auger or chisel to test the ice thickness.
  • The Squam Lakes Association has opened the application process for our seasonal positions. This is a great way to gain professional experience while spending time on Squam. We are looking for conservation interns, environmental camp leaders, sailing instructors and more! Check out the details here!
  • With over 50 participants, the update to the Squam Watershed Plan got off to a great start at our kick off meeting on January 20th. There's still lots of work to do and plenty more opportunities to participate!
  • Are you looking to gain experience with environmental conservation this summer? There's no better place than Squam. Apply now to become a Squam Conservation intern!
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    From our friends at the SLCS- Whitten Woods success, next step trails.
  • After 25 years it's time to revisit the Squam Lakes Watershed Plan. This original document set the bar all those years ago and much has been accomplished since its creation. The time has come to look ahead and develop a document to manage the Squam Lakes Watershed into the future. Community engagement will be essential for creating the best plan possible. Click Here to learn more and how you can become part of this important process.
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    If you've been out hiking in the watershed this autumn you may have come across the SLA's brand new trail markers. These markers are diamond shaped and brightly colored showing SLA's logo. They are designed to help people stay on the trail and avoid getting lost. They also do a good job of letting folks know what trails are maintained by the SLA. Check out this story if you'd like to help or learn more about the new markers.
  • 2015 was a great year for milfoiil removal on Squam
    2015 marked another successful year removing the invasive variable milfoil from the Squam Lakes.
  • The air is crisp and the views are fantastic! It's time to get out for a hike up Red Hill. Join SLA guide Connor for a 1.7 mile hike to some amazing views of the Lakes Region. Friday, October 30th from 10-1pm
  • Jon Secord is a landscape and wildlife photographer living in Meredith, NH. He specializes in landscape astrophotography, showcasing the beauty of the New England landscape under the amazing night sky.
  • At the SLA's 2014 Annual Meeting, researchers from Plymouth State University conducted a survey investigating how SLA members value the organization's work to maintain and enhance the Squam Watershed. A summary of the findings from this survey is now available.
  • The 2015 Squam Ridge Race was a huge success! Despite a foreboding forecast many racers took to the ridge line and gave it their all. The fire pit kept folks warm, our amazing volunteers on the grills kept the food coming and the Aid Stations supported racers throughout the day!
  • "There are so many things we did for the first time this summer, but not for the last. We will not say goodbye to this beautiful place. We will not say farewell to the lake we spent our summer on. And we will not say adios to the people we spent the last 93 days with, because this will not be the last you see of us."
  • "Squam Lake is one of the most preserved areas I’ve ever visited, and it’s like the whole watershed is alive in High-Definition. All of what I’ve seen and witnessed during my few months here is a gift. "
  • "Although I will be upset to leave this place, I will keep the experiences of this summer in the highest reaches of my memory. Every sunset and starry night sky, every solemn loon call in the dusk of the lake, and even every squashed mosquito on the back of my neck; there was not one moment of being on Squam this summer, where I wished I was somewhere else. "
  • "The skills I have learned here have transcended every possible thought I could have had on what I would learn. I feel like I can do anything."
  • We are looking for someone to work weekends until October 13th
  • Come and pick yours up today! After two years in the making the SLA is happy to announce the new Squam Lakes Charts are here and available for sale. While staying true to the origional Washburn map, this version has been updated to reflect all the changes that have taken place since the early 60s.
  • "If there’s one area of this internship in which I believe I’ve grown the most, it’s diving. It was definitely the aspect that I was most excited about, but it took me a while to get comfortable with it. At first, I was apprehensive to take my diving to greater depths, as I had difficulty equalizing pressure in my ears while descending. This began to worry me, as diving is one of the main tasks that we participate in throughout the summer, and I hoped to explore more areas after my time here on Squam. "
  • Coming up next week are two amazing opportunities for people of all ages to get outside, enjoy summer, and dive into the interesting world of nature, art, and ecology on Squam! In Connecting Art with Nature, Conservation intern Coral Tucker will lead participants on an adventure focused on using various art forms to create lifelong relationships with the outdoors. In Composting on Squam intern Kyle Salmons will lead participants on a paddle to Moon Island in order to explain the Clivus composting system employed by the SLA.
  • "The opportunity to band loons with the LPC was one the other interns and I could not pass up. We left SLA at 9:00 PM to go loon banding on one of the work boats, Calypso, and another smaller boat to go out and catch the loons in. The mission included tagging two adult loons and their two chicks."
  • Count em' - 34 SAVES! That’s how many fragments of hitchhiking aquatic invasive species Lake Hosts have captured and removed from boats and trailers in New Hampshire so far this summer.
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    Join the Lakes Region Conservation Trust for a paddle and hike!
  • "Lake heroes are all around us, even though we don’t necessarily recognize their presence all the time. Let’s talk about some of the unspoken champions of Squam Lake: the oh-so-luxurious composting toilets."
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  • Adventure Ecology Trip: Guided Nature Walk with Conservation Intern Gabie Wolf and the iNaturalist Smartphone App! Squam Lakes Association Intern Gabie Wolf will be leading an informative “how to” session on the popular *iNaturalist* smart phone application, followed by a guided nature walk through Chamberlain-Reynolds Memorial. Come along for the adventure!
  • "This lifestyle I’ve found myself taking on has gifted me many more captivating moments than I had ever dreamed of as a child. My last journal entry dates back over a month ago, and so much has taken place here that’s it’s tough to put a finger on just one thing. A special facet of my life this summer has been in the deepening of my relationship with nature"
  • "This Sunday, I watched an inchworm crawl for what seemed like hours. I was bored; Obscenely bored. And it was great. Don’t get me wrong; I hated it in the moment. More than anything I wanted a squirrel to come try to make away with my food or a camper to need my assistance, but looking back on it, it was a wonderful experience of self-reflection."
  • "Pulling this seemingly ordinary plant is what is preserving Squam Lakes to a degree that is worth getting dirty, wet, cold, tired, and even scared for. Whenever us interns receive the common “thank you for your work!” comment, we know our work is being appreciated. It’s a great feeling knowing that you’re servicing not only the community and its inhabitants, but also a precious ecosystem that is being saved long before it even has the slightest chance of depleting."
  • Got a skunk under the porch or deer nibbling your garden peas? Help for these and other common wildlife issues is now just a mouse click away.
  • "With the summer flying by at an alarming pace, I find myself making an extra effort to slow it down any way I can. Within the menagerie of daily tasks, which have blended together in a wild sprint of routines, I have tried to consciously hold on to singular moments."
  • "As I sit in the cabin on this Fourth of July, I read through my personal journal and relive the last two weeks. I do this as a calm and steady rain hit the pine needles and birch trees, droplets trickling down onto the roof of the caretaker’s cabin.The beginning of the first week was hectic, I recall as I flipped through the pages of my journal. My memories are scattered with feelings of anxiety, stress, and most importantly of triumph."
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    A guided sunset hike and a photography lesson all in one trip! What's not to love? Make some time Friday, July 10th for a fantastic outting you're going to love.
  • The newly published 2015 Squam Watershed Report that examines water quality, fish populations, invasive species, boat traffic, land conservation efforts, and the loon population.
  • Check out the latest news on Squam's Loons delivered straight from the experts at the Loon Preservation Committee. Presenting the early July report!
  • "One of the tasks for the weekend was raising all the docks. Due to the amount of rain in the past week and the rain that came while I was out camping the docks were almost underwater and were getting hit with waves, adding wear and tear. It was windy, cloudy, and cold when Julian, who was camping on Bowman Island, and I went out to raise the docks."
  • Fireworks contant a number of chemicals that can negatively impact the health of the lake, wildlife and humans. Learn more before the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, and help us protect the lakes and watershed by avoiding fireworks year-round.
  • "I wasn’t sure what to expect for my first night camping alone. The closest thing to camping alone I’ve done is getting a single dorm room at college. That’s basically one step past sleeping in your own room at home. This was different. I had to prepare everything ahead of time to make sure that everything was going to go smoothly. I needed food, water, shelter. The necessities of life. Granted, my food was mac and cheese, my water was encased in a giant five gallon jug, and my shelter was a huge four person tent I was going to be able to stretch out in. Still, that’s rustic for me. I've spent most of my life around electronics, so when I have to clean dishes with lake water I’m out of my element."
  • Come along and take a walk you’ll surely enjoy! On our second Adventure Ecology trip of the summer. Squam Conservation Intern, Douglas McMillan will be guiding a hike through the Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest to seek out as many habitats and ecosystems as possible, with a focus on building natural awareness.
  • "For the first two hours, Coral and I worked tirelessly on the boat to keep the massive amounts milfoil from flooding the DASH table. The divers pulled almost eighty gallons. Not only do all the plants need to be spread out and dried before being piled into bins, all the dirt that comes up the suction tubes clogs the mesh table, which leads to massive flooding and chaos."
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    Check out the latest news on Squam's Loons delivered straight from the experts at the Loon Preservation Committee
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    Make sure to catch the evening news on WMUR Wednesday night! SLA's sailing program will be featured as part of a segement on sailing in the lakes region.
  • "The past month has been all about perspective. Even in its most literal definition, my view of the lake has changed from my cottage in Moultonborough Bay to the lily-speckled inlet of Piper Cove. But the most dynamic change, and by far the most evident in my eyes at least, is the feeling of responsibility that I have adopted since my employment at the Squam Lakes Association. The lake means that much more to me now that I am investing my own time and energy into protecting it."
  • "I find it hard to believe that we have been here for a month. One third of the internship is over. I feel as if I just arrived, yet as if I have known my fellow interns for much longer. This work doesn’t seem like work, it seems like a vacation where we occasionally have to do “stuff”.
  • Admission to the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is free for SLA members on Saturday, June 20th as we celebrate water!
  • "We have been living and working on Squam for over three weeks, but it feels like a year. Together we have accomplished so much, from earning our scuba diving certification to building an incredibly strong community. A fly on our wall would see a group of productive, driven, and incredibly jovial people who, I believe, have already become life long friends."
  • It's been a busy couple days on the Squam Lakes, and I have wonderful news to report--3 nests!!! After a couple days of busily building their nest, the pair on Little Squam settled in, and we have two pairs on Big Squam that have begun nesting as well!
  • "Instead of giving me all the answers, Brett made me figure things out for myself, which helps you become not only a better boater, but a better learner as well. "
  • Join the SLA on Wednesday, June 17th on another in-depth look at Squam's water quality with Greg Disanto, who recently completed his Master's in Environmental Science and Policy from Plymouth State University.
  • I keep waiting for this job to feel like work, yet all of our time spent on Squam has been enjoyable. The other interns and I have quickly evolved into great friends as we bond over our new experiences and there hasn’t been a day when we haven’t ended up all laughing together. I couldn’t imagine a better way to explore, and learn about the beautiful area of Squam Lake than by camping on the islands, hiking the surrounding mountains for a spectacular view of the landscape, or scuba diving along the bottom of the lake...
  • Dust off your kayak and join the Loon Preservation Committee for the 4th Annual Yakking for Loons on Friday July 10th! There will be two course to choose from. There will be prizes, lunchis included and kayaks for rent at a big discount. Stop by and support the Loon Preservation Committee!
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    "Squam" This complete story of the Squam area tells the tale of the people, places and events that shaped a legacy. Order your copy of the limited edition 2nd printing of Rachel Carley’s book Squam NOW at a special pre-publication price!
  • Squam. What a place. The first time I had ever been to New Hampshire I was on my way to Maine for a ski trip with my friends...
  • Our time here out on Squam Lake has been a bit of a work-cation, I’d say. Things are heating up (literally) as we enter into our third scuba lesson tomorrow, with the certification dives on the radar for this weekend. Same goes for the commercial boating test on Saturday. More responsibility is loading onto the shoulders of us interns as we pick up on new skills and procedural protocol to follow out on the job....
  • So far, I've spent about a week out at Squam Lakes, and I've loved every minute of it. This is actually my first time I've been in the New England area, and I'm seriously considering staying out here after the summer ends...
  • The SLA has been battling milfoil on Squam for fifteen years. While this fight is truly a story of success, we need your help!
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    Great News!! All 52 miles of SLA Trails are now Open!
  • I can’t believe that it’s been nearly a year since I first set foot at the SLA. After the fantastic experience that I had last summer, I could not be happier to be returning as this year’s Conservation Intern Manager.
  • Squam Kids
    We are starting a kids' activity day. Every Friday at 11:00 we will host kids ages 1-6 at our facility, teaching them about the outdoors, rock climbing, canoeing, hiking and any other fun thing we can think of. Please come and join us on Fridays. Wa are ending this program for the summer. Check back in the fall for a new season.
  • Don't miss this! June 27th Squam Community Rowing will host a Learn to Row clinic coached by Kay MacDonald, former head of the US Olympic Development Team for scullers. Kay has been rowing and coaching for over 30 years and brings a wealth of experience. Squam Community Rowing is thrilled to have this opportunity to learn with Kay and hope you will join.
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    Keeping an eye out for Woody! Woody is currently assisting with the New Hampshire Geological Survey. An effort to map the surficial geology of the state. Maps show the various earth materials like sand and gravel that cover much of the bedrock, which were formed by Ice Age glaciers and more recent processes. These maps are widely used for natural resource and groundwater studies, land-use applications, and for educational purposes in learning about the geologic history of New Hampshire.
  • Hundreds came to celebrate the season at this year’s Winterfest. It was the perfect winter day with snow flying, pick-up hockey on the ice and a roaring bonfire.
  • Dreaming of those long summer days? Well here's your chance to land that perfect Squam Lakes campsite for that perfect summer weekend. The 2015 SLA Camping Lottery opens January 1st. Don't miss it!
  • Sign up for summer camp and get ready for the summer of a lifetime!
  • A Plymouth State graduate student is investigating the relationship between climate and water quality in Squam and Ossipee Lakes.
  • Learn about the state of the Squam Watershed in this newly published report.
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    Invasive insects are spreading across portions of the state. The effects are becoming more evident throughout NH's forested landscapes. NH's Cooperative Extention is stoping by the SLA September 24th from 7-8pm to help folks understand how to ID and manage these pests when an infestation is discovered.
  • The results are in. Thanks to all the volunteers, runners, and land owners the event was a success!!
  • On our last night at Squam, the five interns who hadn’t left yet (plus our intern manager Ian) all decided to go out to check in campers together. Going to the sites together is something that we hadn’t done since the beginning of the summer when we were learning how to do camping duties. It was nice to finish off the summer the way that we started it: together...
  • As our last big shebang as interns at the Squam Lakes Association we went on a canoe paddle down the Baker...
  • loons squam lakes
    The annual count of loons on New Hampshire's lakes revealed a slight increase over last year, but experts caution the census only provides a glimpse into the true population.
  • squam bass study
    Anglers fishing the Squam Lakes are asked to release any largemouth and smallmouth bass they catch that were radio tagged as part of a New Hampshire Fish and Game study
  • As I sit here writing my final intern journal, I cannot help but feel incredibly blessed to have had the opportunity to spend 3 wonderful months preserving the environmental integrity of the Squam Lakes Region. Long days of pulling milfoil or splitting, stacking, and bundling wood have given me important perspective into the world of conservation work....
  • I could not have asked for a better experience being with the Squam Lakes Association this summer. Moving to New Hampshire has been my first extended period away from Wisconsin and has been a great adventure...
  • One of the best parts about this internship is camping on the islands for the weekend. It's a nice break from the seemingly never-ending weekday schedule of 10 hour dive days or camping days...
  • Brian Gagnon sandwich
    Do you have a piece of Squam you cherish and call your own? Are you interested in ensuring the land you love will become part of a legacy that will be enjoyed from one generation to the next? Listen to the stories of four local property owners as they describe how their families have approached this important issue.
  • As I reflect on my internship here at the SLA I look back on all the work we’ve done and I’ve realized that every little bit of it has an effect on the conservation of Squam and its watershed. ...
  • Two months in and this internship seems like it has only been a moment. It has all been one moment, frozen in time. I have been told that this single moment is coming to an end though, a rumor that there is only one month left until we return to the realm of the real world...
  • Fifteen Ways to Get Extremely Attached to Your Job at the SLA
  • A friend once told me that the key to finding happiness in life lies in the way you perceive the things that you do and the things that happen to you. ...
  • Dear Future Interns, You may be wondering what really to expect when you come to Squam for the summer....
  • Today happened to be one of the most exciting and rewarding days that I have spent as an intern for SLA for a number of reasons. It started bright and early at 7 am...
  • I want to share about the best day I've had here so far. It does not pertain to our job here specifically, but to the place and the people here on Squam...
  • Wow! It is already half way through the summer. The Squam experience has so far been everything I had hoped and more....
  • Little Squam Loon
    Wow! Wonderful Loon News!
  • This past Friday, all of the interns, and some of the SLA staff attended the New Hampshire Lakes Congress. Here we learned a lot about the impacts that aquatic invasive species have on bodies of water all over New Hampshire. It was an eye-opening experience overall just to hear the horror stories of variable milfoil, curly-leaf pondweed, and other invasive nuisances...
  • Sitting on the edge of Millie, I go through the mental checklist etched into my mind. my wet suit, boots and hood wrap my body like a second skin. I have blue flippers on my feet, an inflatable vest around my chest with an air tank strapped to my back...
  • Join Conservation intern Ian Smith for a day of fly fishing on Squam. There's a 2 hour intro session at 10am followed by FREE kayak rentals too get out there and test out your new skills!
  • Little Squam Loon
    It has been a busy and good week for the loons on the Squam Lakes!
  • sailing squam lake association
    Start the day off with an instructional understanding of sailing including safety, rigging and basic racing skills. Then head out onto the lake and let the wind guide your adventure!
  • In the mornings when I come back from a night of camping on the islands, around 7am, I pass the interns who are just leaving to go dive for the day...
  • Check out the initial data from Squam's 35th water quality monitoring season.
  • SLA sailing squam
    Mark your calendars! Wednesday nights are community sailing nights on Squam. Both seasoned pros and complete beginners are welcome. What a great way to learn the craft!
  • Today I went on my first milfoil removal dive. Thinking of the situation that we face with milfoil on Squam reminds of a story that I heard during my time in Panama...
  • squam lakes association big bass
    More and more folks are plying Squam's waters in search of the big one! The Squam Lakes Association is working in partnership with NH Fish and Game to find ways to ensure the contiued protection of this high quality fishery, as well as protecting high quality experiences for all.
  • Squaw Cove Loons
    Good news! Another pair of loons went on the nest on Big Squam this week!
  • Moving half way across the country to pursue my goals in the natural resources field was not easy, but Squam Lake has quickly become a home away from home...
  • Hone your rock climbing skills in the SLA barn!
  • Today marks our last day of training, and I could not be more excited to working and get into the swing of things.
  • Lichens from wikipedia commons
    Join SCI Field Martin in his quest to understand the mysterious lichen and their role in the ecosystem....
  • resurfaced Chamberlain lot
    You can't park at the main Chamberlain lot for the next few days, but the smooth parking will be worth the wait!
  • Heron Cove Loon Nest
    It's been a very busy week for the loons on Squam, with a mixture of good news and bad news.
  • So far the Squam Lakes have served as a breathtaking adventure for both me and my group.
  • Aquatic Ecology with Campus Club
    Join the Squam Lakes Association on Friday, June 13 from 10am - 12pm for the first Adventure Ecology trip of the summer. The SLA's Director of Conservation Rebecca Hanson, along with Conservation Intern Emily Gross, will lead participants on a morning paddle and a discussion of aquatic ecology and the impacts of invasive aquatic species.
  • as I sit here reflecting back on the first two weeks spent as an SLA intern, it is now safe to say that all of my previous anxieties have been assuaged.
  • Loon on Squam Lake
    After the long winter, the loons are ready for the summer to get going!
  • squam lake pancake breakfast
    Let's get this summer started with SLA's Spring Pancake Breakfast! The days are longer and the lake is calling. Kick off your summer and reunite with the SLA. Stop in for a delicious breakfast by the lake, take a kayak out for a spin and see whats new with your friends at the SLA!
  • The SLA has one final dock slip and moorings open for seasonal rental. Get yours while supplise lasts!
  • sitting bear
    NH Fish and Game outlines current problems facing this magnificent creature. Learn the few simple things many people are doing to protect the bears in the grante state.
  • piper cove squam lake
    Here's the proof April in Piper Cove in 15 seconds
  • bittersweet removal squam
    Help remove terrestrial invasive species from the Squam Watershed!
  • Plymouth State University graduate students investigate land use planning in the Squam Watershed.
  • Are the rugged moutains of California calling you....?
  • Fly Fishing Basics
    Learn the basics of Fly Fishing and tying!
  • Join the SLA and for a day of traditional Maple Sugaring at the White's Forest Farm in beautiful Sandwich NH!
  • ice harvest squam
    For well over 100 years folks have been carving out 120lbs blocks of ice our of Squam Lakes for year-round refrigeration
  • NH Department of Environmental Services is seeking the help of anglers statewide to update statewide fish consumption advisories for mercury.
  • Dock in frozen lake
    Considering using a de-icer this year? Before you do make sure to consider the safety, environmental and legal issues involved.
  • Brian Gagnon Sandwich Wilderness
    The SLA is delighted to welcome Brian Gagnon to the staff as our new Volunteer and Communications Coordinator.
  • Participate in a discussion about past, present, and future land use issues in your community and the Squam Lakes Watershed.
  • Apply for a great summer internship on Squam!
  • Interns
    End of Season Paddle Board Sale
  • PSU Graduate to Defend Thesis on Squam Study Wednesday, November 20th
    PSU graduate student Andrew Veilleux will defend his thesis - Recreational Knowledge, Concern and Behavior for a Resource: A Spatial Descriptive Anaylsi of Squam Lakes using public participation GIS on Wednesday, November 20th at 1:30 pm at PSU Frost Commons.
  • Outdoor Nation on Squam
    What do PSU and PES have in common!?
  • Results are in!
    The 2013 Squam Ridge race was a huge success. Thanks to all of our sponsors and participants.
  • Squam Ridge Race, Sunday, September 22, 2013
    2013 Squam Ridge Race Results up now
  • True Farm history
    Join us on Thursday, September 12th at 7 pm for the Squam Speaker Series.
  • Thank you, SLA volunteers!
    Last Friday, SLA staff, board members, and volunteers gathered out on Bowman Island to enjoy an afternoon on the lake and celebrate the end of a successful program season.
  • arsenic map nh
    Come by the SLA for handouts from our recent Arsenic and Radon talk
  • stretching loon chick
    This year on Squam we have only one surviving loon chick. Likewise Little Squam has only one remaining chick. Two total chicks for the two largest of the Squam Lakes.
  • glass of water
    The SLA in partnership with The Holderness Conservation Commission will be holding an evening session at SLA on Wednesday 21st of August at 7pm at the SLA. The program will explore the safety of our drinking water and will cover how we in New Hampshire get our drinking water and some of the things that might be in the water.
  • white pine
    Join this Thursday, August 15th at 7 pm for the Squam Speaker Series: White Pine Health.
  • Loon resting on water
    Loon Update from Tiffany Grade of the LPC!
  • Loon resting on water
    Loon Update from Tiffany Grade of the LPC!
  • The Squams from the air
    Join us for a day of fun at our first annual I Love Squam Day. Annual meeting in the morning, and the rest of the day given over to all the things that make this such an inspiring place.
  • SLA offers adult sailing series this summer.
    Drop in at the SLA every Wednesday from 4:30 - 6:30 pm through August for supervised adult sailing sessions!
  • Learn about upland invasive species in New Hampshire Wednesday, July 10 at 7 pm.
  • Loon resting on water
    Loon Update from Tiffany Grade of the LPC!
  • CJ's race on Squam
    Regional Lightnig Regatta this weekend- awesome fun but congested boat ramp expected!
  • Families learn to flyfish
    July 4th is almost upon us, join us that week at the SLA where we have a different programs each day for families to enjoy Squam!
  • Loon resting on water
    Loon Update from Tiffany Grade of the LPC!
  • Loon resting on water
    Loon Update from Tiffany Grade of the LPC!
  • View of Squam Lakes
    Join us for an opportunity to share your love and concerns for our Squam Lakes!
  • Loon resting on water
    The first Loon Update of the summer from Tiffany Grade of the LPC!
  • loon bill SB 89 up for vote in NH tomorrow
  • Get involved in the SLA's invasive species management efforts!
  • SLA kicks off summer with annual Pancake Breakfast, Saturday, May 25 from 9 - 11 AM
    The SLA kicks off the summer season on Saturday, May 25th with annual pancake breakfast, barn dance, and more!
  • SLA trails re-open
    The Rattlesnake, Morgan, and Percival trails and trailhead parking lots re-opened Friday, May 3, 2013 after being closed for mud season.
  • Loon Chick Watch volunteer program re-established on Squam Lake for 2013.
    The SLA and Loon Preservation Committee (LPC) are working to re-establish a Loon Chick Watch volunter program on Squam.
  • Loon
    Action update from the Loon Preservation Committee: Loon Bill (SB 89) Faces Crucial House Hearing Next Week
  • Plymouth State University, the Center for the Environment and the Squam Lakes Association working together to protect and improve the health of the Squam Lakes Watershed ecosystem.
  • Visit our employment page to find our current position openings.
    The Squam Lakes Association hires a vibrant and well-qualified staff. We are now accepting applications for JSLA and Resource Center staff.
  • Loki Clan Wolf Refuge will be presenting at the SLA on April 11, 2013
    Join the SLA on Thursday, April 11, at 7 PM for our the Squam Speaker Series: Wolves. Myrtle Clapp from the Loki Clan Wolf Refuge will present a program about wolves, why they are important to the natureal ecology of our world. We will also learn about the work and mission of the Loki Cland Wolf Refuge in Conway, NH.
  • The overall goal of Justin Brigham's study is to learn more about male smallmouth spawning behavior, and its interactions with recreational fishing. Information gained from this work could ultimately be used to educate anglers on proper protocol when catching spawning bass which may help reduce the likelihood of nest abandonment.
  • Camp canoes launching from beach
    Registration for 2013 summer camps is now open. Use links in this news item to register online!
  • SLA and Valley Snow Dogz Mushing on Squam Lake
    check out the pictures and video from taken from the lake.
  • Squam Speaker Series: Snow Ranger and Avalanche Awareness
    Join the SLA on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 7 PM for the Squam Speaker Series: Snow Rangers and Avalanche Awareness
  • Ice Fishing image
    From NH F&G: a one-day program where women can learn outdoor skills to enjoy during the winter months.
  • row boat
    The SLA is selling: 2 Kayaks, 1 Mirro-craft Aluminum row boat.
  • SLA photo contest Winner
    The Results are in! check out this years winners.
  • SLA to host week-long boat building workshop August 19-25, 2013.
    Don't miss the opportunity to build your own Fox Double Paddle Canoe, August 19th - 25th! Registration for this workshop closes on Wednesday, August 14th and only two spaces remain!
  • Moon Island History
    Join the SLA this Thursday, June 13th at 7 PM for an evening program on the history of Moon Iland. Local Squam resident and Antioch New England Graduate student, Dan Kemp will present the program.
  • Spend a day at the lake and help us clean-up for fall! Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 9:30 am - 3:00 pm.
  • Squam Rangers - hike the trails!
    Congratulations to the Squam Rangers who recently completed the program - that's 26 trails and 50 miles!
  • Loon on Squam
    Surviving chicks continue to do well! Last regular report of the season.
  • Loon on Squam
    The loon chicks on Squam have survived another week! The Little Squam chick is growing fast, and the chicks on Squam Lake are already starting to molt out of their down and into their contour (i.e., "regular") feathers. It's exciting to watch them grow through the various stages!
  • You've seen the weekly Loon updates, come to the SLA Fisher Barn on August 15th to hear an in depth talk about these amazing birds!
  • sailboat race under spinnaker
    In a “spirited and fun competition”, the Squam Lakes Association (SLA) will hold its annual “Around the Lake Sailing Race” on Sunday, August 3rd. Starting at 2:00 PM and ending at 4:00 PM. The Around the Lake Sailing Race is open to all types of sailboats.
  • Loon on Squam
    I am thrilled to report that all of our chicks are still with us! There was a scare this past week when one of the families was battling with another pair of loons for several days and the chick was not being seen.
  • Loon on Squam
    All three of our chicks are still doing very well!
  • Check out our summer line-up of interesting speakers!
  • JSLA week one logo by campers
    Welcome to the new website!
  • loon on nest
    The persistence of the Little Squam pair paid off and they hatched one chick!
  • loon and chick
    In a very exciting development, the loon pair in Squaw Cove has gone on the nest!
  • Trail Adopters
    Our trails need your help! We are looking for a few good people to adopt a few of our trails to help keep them clear and well-maintained.
  • Loon and Chick
    It was another busy week on the Lakes. The great news is that two nests on Squam Lake hatched one chick each.
  • Squam Lakes Photo Contest
    With a nod to centuries of art on Squam, the SLA is pleased to host our first photography contest.