A Sunapee Sampler

Boating Regulations

License: New Hampshire requires a boating-safety certificate to operate a powerboat with an engine of 25 horsepower or more. The certificate requires passing a boating-safety exam, or proof of equivalent certification in another state. For information,
call (888) 254-2125.

Age Limit: Unless accompanied by an adult, no one under 16 may operate a boat or outboard motor in excess of 25 horsepower. Persons under 16 may not operate a personal watercraft under any conditions.

To protect loons, state law prohibits the use of lead sinkers and jigs in all fresh waters. The ban prohibits the use of lead sinkers weighing one ounce or less and lead jigs less than one inch long along their longest axis.

Marinas & Service

    • Burkehaven BoatWorks
      (603) 763-8717;
      The only full-service marina on Lake Sunapee. Offers service and repair. Slips are rented on a seasonal basis.
    • Sargents  Marina
      (603) 762-0111 (Sunapee Harbor)
      (603) 763-5036 (Georges Mills);
      Maintains two boat and watersports rental facilities on the lake. Rentals include runabouts, pontoons, kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards. Also rents skis, kneeboards, wakeboards, tubes and fishing equipment. Gas available.
    • Muller Boatworks
      (603) 863-8146
      Specializes in restoration and repair of classic wooden boats.
    • Osborne Marine
      (603) 763-0152;
      Boat sales, service and dockage. Slips are rented on a seasonal basis.

Boat, Kayak & Paddleboard Rental

  • Kayak Country
    (603) 381-8685;
    Mobile outfitter offering rentals of kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.

Sargent’s Marina (see above)

Osborne Marine (see above)

Launch Ramps

    • Sunapee Harbor Town Launch
      Free, town-operated launch site with courtesy float. Expect long lines in summer. Off-site trailer parking.
    • Mount Sunapee State Park Beach
      Small-boat access only. Limited operating hours. $10 fee for motorized vessels; no charge for non-motorized.
    • Burkehaven Marina (see above)
      Shallow, private ramp for small boats only. Boulder hazard 10 feet from shore.
    • Newbury Station Boat Club
      (603) 763-7400
      Privately owned ramp off Route 103 in Newbury.

  • Car-top launching is available at Herrick Cove, New London; Soo-Nipi Park, New London, and Newbury Harbor Beach, Newbury.

Where to Eat

    • Appleseed Restaurant
      (603) 938-2100;
      Long-established restaurant offering “country dining at country prices.” Named “Best Sunday Brunch” by New Hampshire magazine. Located in Bradford, near the southern part of the lake.
    • The Anchorage
      (603) 763-3334;
      The only waterfront dining spot on Sunapee Harbor, this family eatery has a varied menu and a fun, casual atmosphere. Open seasonally.

  • Bubba’s Bar & Grille
    (603) 763-3290
    Popular “family-style” restaurant in Newbury Harbor serving lunch and dinner. Dockage available across the street at the Newbury town landing docks.

Cool Shops

    • Marzelli’s Sweet Shop & Café
      (603) 763-0072;
      Delicious baked goods, homemade gelato, sweets and prepared meals, in Sunapee Harbor.
    • Quack Shack
      (603) 763-3084
      Ice cream and other treats in Sunapee Harbor.

  • Wild Goose Country Store
    (603) 763-5516
    Souvenirs, toys, collectibles, gifts, hand-crafted pottery, frames, jewelry, maple candy and penny candy. Also sells coffee and fresh-baked bread.

Things to See & Do

  • Mount Sunapee State Park
    (603) 763-5561;
    Family campground, picnic area, hiking trails, beach and boat rentals, on the western shore of Sunapee.
  •  MV Mount Sunapee II & MV Kearsarge
    (603) 938-6465; sunapeecruises.com
    Scenic cruises, narrated tours and dinner cruises. Both vessels depart from Sunapee Harbor.
  • John Hay National Wildlife Refuge & Fells Historic Estate and Gardens
    Hiking trails and nature preserve on the eastern side of the lake. The Fells Estate comprises a classic early-1900s Colonial Revival home and gardens available for tours.
  • Mount Sunapee Ski Resort
    (603) 763-3500;
    Summer activities include zip-line tours, aerial challenge courts, Segway tours, a gravity jump, a climbing wall and an 18-hole disc golf course. Also  hosts the Annual League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair, a nine-day event held each August that showcases the work of local artisans.