Watershed Wellness and our Service Area

Watershed Wellness

panorama shot of big and little Squam

The SLA is dedicated to conserving for public benefit the natural beauty, peaceful character and resources of the watershed. We have been doing this since 1904. We strive to maintain the exceptional beauty, natural health, and quality of life for those living near and visiting this iconic lake using Watershed Wellness.

Watershed Wellness is the holistic wellbeing of the entire Squam Lakes watershed based on the ecological integrity of the land and water resources and the health of the watershed communities. Our scope of work covers the mountains and forests, wetlands and water, work within the watershed communities, and advocacy at the local, regional, and state level. We undertake these efforts with programs in conservation, education, and recreation. We partner with many local and regional groups and work closely with volunteers in order to better accomplish our mission.

The habitats of this watershed are a wonderful home for a variety of northern plant and animal communities. The lakes hold healthy populations of fish. The natural beauty and recreational opportunities encompassed within the Squam Watershed are a very powerful draw for people from across the country, indeed the world. This same draw is a crucial economic driver for the local communities. The Squam Lakes Association is dedicated to ensuring this same level of environmental and recreational quality now and for all future generations.

Service Area

Our primary effort occurs within the physical watershed of the Squam Lakes. We keep a careful eye on activities and legislation at local, regional, and national levels to protect this watershed and to support efforts that raise the conservation bar.

Major Water bodies in the Squam Lakes watershed:
Big Squam, Little Squam, Barville Pond, Intervale Pond, Jackson Pond, Kesumpe Pond, Owl Brook, Sky Pond, Squam River, White Oak Pond.

Towns in the watershed:
Ashland, Center Harbor, Holderness, Moultonborough, Sandwich, Campton, Meredith, New Hampton.

Counties in the watershed:
Belknap, Carroll , Grafton

More lake and watershed facts:
LITTLE SQUAM LAKE
Size of Little Squam Lake:    408 acres
Average Depth of Little Squam Lake:         23 feet
Length of Shoreline of Little Squam Lake:  4.3 miles
Maximum Depth of Little Squam Lake:        84 feet
Gallons of Water in Little Squam Lake:      ~3,060,000,000

SQUAM LAKE
Size of Squam Lake:     6,765 acres
Length of Shoreline of Squam Lake:   60.5 miles
Average Depth of Squam Lake:          36 feet
Maximum Depth of Squam Lake:   98 feet
Gallons of Water in Squam Lake:        ~79,400,000,000

HYDROLOGY
Drainage area to dam in Ashland   57.80 square miles
Full pond elevation     562.50 feet msl
Right of flowage     563.00 feet msl
Normal minimum flow at dam   60 cubic feet second
 
1” precipitation = 3.5” rise in lake level

Evaporation = 1/5 (0.2) inch of lake level decline per day
Evaporation = 1.4 inches of lake level decline per week

Dam flow at 60 cubic feet per second = 1/33 (0.03) inch of lake level decline per day
Dam flow at 60 cubic feet per second = 0.2 inches of lake level decline per week