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When most people think about taking a vacation at the world-famous Lake Winnipesaukee, they instantly imagine beautiful summer days out on the water, fishing or just hanging out on a boat. While it is true that New Hampshire is a beautiful vacation destination in the summer, the truth is that you would be missing out on a lot if you never made plans to visit in the winter. There are lots of fantastic activities, including cold water fishing and ice fishing, so it becomes easy to see why so many people come up to this part of New England each year to vacation in Wolfeboro in the winter.
Winter Sports at Lake Winnipesaukee
If you have been here in the summer, using custom fishing rods and reels out on the lake, renting fishing tackle in New Hampshire or getting boat rentals in Wolfeboro, you might be surprised to learn about the thriving tourist season that occurs here each winter. Local Wolfeboro bait stores carry a wide range of supplies, including winter rentals and products, designed to help make your stay as comfortable, cozy, warm and exciting as you want it to be. In addition, there are lots of great winter sports and activities that people participate in throughout the region.
Some of the top winter activities in the Greater Wolfeboro area include:
- sled dog racing – you don’t have to go to Alaska to experience sled dog racing, just make a trip up to New Hampshire; the annual New England Sled Dog Club Race happens each year in late January or early February, depending on the weather conditions, at nearby Lake Chocorua
- outdoor hockey – come witness the annual New England Pond Hockey Classic held in nearby Meredith, New Hampshire, which features approximately 200 teams from all across the country in rinks along the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee; the teams compete for the WinnipeHockey Cup
- ice skating – if there’s hockey, then you know that ice skating can’t be too far behind; weather conditions dictate the time of year and location, but bring your skates and be ready to enjoy real outdoor skating out on our area lakes and ponds
- ice fishing – experienced and novice ice fishermen alike come every year for the Meredith Rotary Club’s annual Ice Fishing Derby; a range of small to large prizes are given, along with a grand prize of approximately $15,000; custom fishing rods and reels, along with ice fishing tackle in New Hampshire can be rented from Wolfeboro bait stores
Other “Touristy” Things to Do
When you visit Lake Winnipesaukee and the local Greater Wolfeboro area, make sure to try your hand at some of the other winter touristy spots and activities. Schedule a spa day, take a walk around the lake, stop for some pretty amazing local food, and shake out your chakra at the local yoga studio. Fine dining to comfort food, regional seafood cuisine to cultural specialties, this area has just about anything you could possibly want in the way of a dining experience.
There are plenty of other festivals, races and competitions, outdoor fireplaces to enjoy, and taverns to whet your whistle. The Wolfeboro Inn has been welcoming visitors since the War of 1812 and is still a hot spot today. There’s the annual Alton Bay Winter Carnival and the famous “bed parade”, skiing at the nearby mountain resorts, and the annual Winterfest in February, which includes a chili contest and community bonfire event. Sledding, skiing, skating and more, there really is a little something for everyone in New Hampshire.
Visit The Hole in the Wall
Stop by and see all that we have to offer at our Wolfeboro bait stores. When the weather is fair, we have boat custom fishing rods and reels and boat rentals in Wolfeboro. In the winter, we have sleds, powered augers, Bob House rentals and fishing tackle in New Hampshire for visitors to enjoy. Give us a call at 1-603-569-HOLE (4653) to reserve any of our seasonal rentals in advance. We also offer all licensing in-house, to help you get out on the water to fish all year-long. Call today to learn more about all of the products, rentals and services we provide.