Special Places

Spend a little time on Ossipee Lake and you’ll want to spend a lot more. The state’s sixth largest, Ossipee Lake and its extensive network of bays and rivers comprise one of northern New Hampshire’s most important recreational and economic resources. It is an exceptional place for swimming, boating, fishing and watching the stars at night.

Despite development pressures, portions of the lake’s shoreline remain undeveloped and many of these open spaces are home to endangered animal species, rare plants and some of the finest remaining examples of habitats that once were common in New England but now are threatened. In 1995 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cited the Ossipee Lake area as having one of the state’s highest concentrations of important natural resources.

We have created this section of our website to increase public awareness of the special places that make Ossipee Lake unique, and to underscore the importance of the ad hoc network of state and private interests that protects these properties.

Click the links below to learn more about Ossipee Lake Natural Area, Heath Pond Bog Natural Area, Ossipee Pine Barrens and the Bearcamp Woodlands. Our thanks to the organizations that own and manage these properties for providing much of the information contained herein.

Ossipee Lake Natural Area

Heath Pond Bog Natural Area

Ossipee Pine Barrens

Bearcamp Woodlands