NH has plenty of water to help relieve the heat
Lovell Lake in Sanbornville is a favorite swimming spot for the Toussaint family. Here, Cheryl Toussaint, 14-year-old Jacob Toussaint and 3-year-old Jaden Toussaint enjoy the water on Thursday. (Larissa Mulkern)
According to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, there are more than 17,000 miles of river and more than 944 lakes and reservoirs in the state.
"This is what we waited all winter for," said Chase Williams, 20, decked out in swimsuit, suntan lotion and shades and surrounded by friends at Brewster Beach on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro.
Williams and friends Brenna Madden and Haley Lineham, both 19, and May Williams, 20, all listed Brewster Beach as one of their favorite swimming and hangout spots.
There are dozens of lakes in the Lakes Region. Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest, at more than 44,500 acres, but residents and visitors alike have their pick of many public beaches. Among them is Albee Beach on Lake Wentworth in Wolfeboro.
Sarah Canney brings the family up to Wolfeboro from Rochester to enjoy the kid-friendly Albee Beach surroundings.
Wolfeboro residents Diane Kuhn visited the beach with her niece, Hannah, 4, and said she, too, prefers Albee Beach to others.
"We can't complain after this winter," she said.
Lovell Lake in Sanbornville, a short distance from Route 16 and Route 109, is a smaller pond with public access walking distance from the village area. Mid-morning on Thursday, local residents Cheryl Toussaint and stepchildren Jacob, 14, and Jaden, 3, were already in the water. Cheryl and Jacob, dressed in protective T-shirts and shorts, floated Jaden on an inflatable chair in the shallow water.
"We're in no rush," she said.
Swimmingholes.org, a guide to swimming holes and hot springs in the United States and Canada, lists 51 swimming holes in New Hampshire. The website also provides links to additional information specific to the White Mountain National Forest. Find directions to each spot, descriptions and some photographs on the site,
The Crawford Notch area lists eight spots. At least nine spots are accessible off the Kancamagus Highway in Conway and Lincoln. The 34-mile scenic highway parallels the Swift River, Hancock Brook and the east branch of the Pemigewasset River, with many camping, swimming and picnicking sites along the way.
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