Lake Explorer Quest

NH LAKES invites you to get out and explore New Hampshire’s lakes and ponds. Document your explorations, share them with us, and become an official Lake Explorer.

Have fun while creating wonderful memories—it’s easy and fun!

Young boy jumping in front of a New Hampshire lake
A dog standing on a kayak in a New Hampshire lake with weeds on its lifevest
A man and a woman share a canoe with their dog

Where to paddle?

Paddle any lake or pond you choose in New Hampshire open for public access. Click here for the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game public access sites list.

To Become a Lake Explorer:

Explore three New Hampshire lakes or ponds by canoe, kayak, paddleboard, or other paddle boat.

Before and after paddling, implement the Clean, Drain & Dry method to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Practice paddling safety while on your excursion.

Document your visits one of two ways:

Connect with nature!

Spending time in nature increases our connection to it, which in turn, increases our desire to care for and protect our natural world. Studies have shown that many children are experiencing a ‘nature deficit’ which can have negative effects on physical and mental development. Children who spend time outdoors are healthier and more creative, have better concentration, and get better grades. Plus, paddling is a fun way to get exercise for everyone!

NH LAKES thanks the Dorr Foundation for supporting this program.