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Squam Lake Boat Tours, Holderness, New Hampshire

 

loon, Squam Lake, NH
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Squam Lake Boat Tours offer a range of cruises, Fans of the movie “On Golden Pond” will want to choose the Explore Squam Cruise, a 90-minute cruise in a canopied pontoon boat that depart from the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, an environmental education center in Holderness, New Hampshire.

poster, On Golden Pond, at The Manor on Golden Pond, Holderness, NH
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poster, “On Golden Pond,” at The Manor on Golden Pond, Holderness, NH

This is an area that will not be upstaged by Hollywood, but for those interested in the movie “On Golden Pond,” filming sites and anecdotes about them are part of the tour.

Complimentary use of binoculars is included for viewing wildlife like the bald eagles and loons.

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The tour shows that little has changed around the lake over the decades.

Trees conceal the Thayer’s cottage for the privacy of the current owners, but the marina still looks much as it did in the film scenes when the Thayers (Fonda and Hepburn) stopped there for fuel and supplies. The marina is also where Ethel (Hepburn), ran down the stairs for help in finding Norman and Billy.

marina, Squam Lake, NH
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Much of the drama of the movie was a Hollywood creation. What was known as Purgatory Cove is actually a rocky area by the shore barely three feet deep. The sturdy Chris Craft boat had to be weakened to sustain damage when it crashed.

“Purgatory Cove, Squam Lake, NH
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“Purgatory Cove, Squam Lake, NH

And scenes of Billy zooming along on his own with the boat were filmed nearby on the larger and livelier Lake Winnipesaukee.

A Chris Craft boat on Squam Lake, Holderness, NH
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