Squam River


Holderness, NH
United States United States
43.6843, -71.6484
3.6 Miles

The Squam River is a 3.6 mile long (5.8 km) river located in central New Hampshire in the United States. It is the outlet of Squam Lake, the second-largest lake in New Hampshire, and it is a tributary of the Pemigewasset River, which itself is a tributary of the Merrimack River.

The Squam River first appears as a narrow channel in Holderness, New Hampshire between Squam Lake and Little Squam Lake downstream. The two lakes have the same elevation, due to a dam below the outlet to Little Squam, so the river in Holderness village is not free-flowing. Below Little Squam Lake the river proceeds south for over a mile before reaching the dam that controls the two lakes' water level. Below here it quickly reaches the backwater from a mill dam in the town of Ashland.

In Ashland, the river drops 50 feet in 0.2 miles, sufficient to provide hydropower for numerous industries when the town originally grew in the 19th century. Below the center of town, the river wanders southeast under railroad tracks and Interstate 93 and past the Ashland sewage treatment plant before entering the Pemigewasset River.

Boat Access

Holderness along the Squam River. NH-113 in Holderness. Launch Ramp is on right, parking left. Parking allowed for up to 24 hours.


Inlets, holes, shoreline brush and rocks, gravel rocky bottom, coves.

Spot Access:
Boat Ramp, Parking (car/truck), Parking (boat/trailer), Picnic Area, Power Boats Allowed, Swimming Area, Shore fishing access, Camping, Fly Fishing, Wading, Floating
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Bass, Largemouth (Micropterus salmoides)


Bass, Smallmouth (Micropterus dolomieu)


Crappie, White (Pomoxis annularis)


Perch, Yellow (Perca flavescens)


Pickerel, Chain (Esox niger)


Salmon, Atlantic (Salmo salar)


Salmon, Landlocked (Salmo salar sebago)


Trout, Lake (Salvelinus namaycush)


Trout, Steelhead (Rainbow) (Oncorhynchus mykiss)


There are no guides specified for this fishing spot.


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