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Canobie Lake in New Hampshire

Trip Overview

Canobie Lake is a quiet 373 acre lake in southern New Hampshire. The lake is a drinking water reservoir. No swimming is allowed. This seems to keep the boat traffic to a few party boats and fisherman.

The launch site is at the water pumping station.

On one side of the lake is Canobie Lake Park, a small, well maintained amusement park. I enjoy paddling out and watching the park activities from the water.

The lake is home to a pair of Loons. You will often see them diving for fish in the middle of the lake.

Most of the lake is fairly shallow although the center is quite deep. The water is very clear with 5 - 6 feet of visibility.

The far end of the lake has a small marsh and a loon sanctuary. There is also a small marsh with water lilies across the lake from the launch area.

You will see Canada Geese, Ducks, Cormorants and possibly Loons.


The launch is a small grassy area. Parking is a gravel lot with room for 10-15 cars. I have never seen it full. There are no restrooms or other facilities. There are gas and food near the I-93 exits.


No fees or permits required.


RT93 to exits 2 or 3 to North Policy Rd (follow the signs for Canobie Lake Park). From exit 2, pass the park and you will see the pumping station on your left. From exit 3, you will see the pumping station on your right before you reach the park.

  • Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water
  • Group Rates: No

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