Located in the scenic heart of New Hampshire just south of the White Mountains and a few miles northwest of the much larger Lake Winnipesaukee, Squam Lake has served as a quiet summertime destination for New Englanders for more than a century.
Made popular as the filming location for the movie “On Golden Pond” in 1981, the lake was originally known by Native Americans as Keeseenunknipee, meaning “the goose lake in the highlands,” and by the early 19th century was given another Abenaki name, “Asquam”, meaning “water”, which was later shortened to its present name, Squam.
Based upon the success of his 2014 book, The Islands of Winnipesaukee, author Ron Guilmette began a kayak adventure to visit all 30-plus islands located on Squam, documenting his journey with stunning photographs of all the unique locations around the lake, plus dozens of aerial images taken from a helicopter and with the use of a drone.
The Islands of Squam Lake captures the wonderful flora and fauna native throughout the islands…a testament to the natural serenity that can be found quietly paddling around its waters.
For those who are familiar with the area, this book will serve as a source of reflection and fond remembrance of your visit. For those who have never enjoyed Squam Lake, this book is an invitation to visit and begin your own adventures!
Ron Guilmette was born and raised in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He started kayaking with his brother Tim and friends, renting kayaks for 25 cents an hour on the Shawsheen River in Andover when he was 10 years old. Ron has since done extensive kayaking six miles off the coast of New Hampshire, and Bar Harbor, Maine. He also kayaked, with a guide, through the 10,000 islands in the Everglades National Park in Florida. In 2014, Ron and his nephew, Jay Leccese, kayaked to all 260 islands on Lake Winnipesaukee and published the award winning coffee table book, The Islands of Winnipesaukee.
He lives in Salisbury Beach, Massachusetts, with his wife Ann Marie, and they have four children and have grandchildren.
“The Islands of Squam Lake provides a breathtaking look at one of New Hampshire’s hidden gems. Those fortunate enough to have spent some time enjoying its beauty will revisit the experience through Ron’s delightful images.”
—Martha Hulsman, Bristol, New Hampshire
“What an honor to have been a small part in helping this beautiful book, The Islands of Squam Lake, become a reality. I hope you will find, as I have, pleasure and enjoyment while you journey through the pages of this magnificent book.”
—Austine R. Howard, Founder of The Little Church Theater, Holderness, New Hampshire
“Carefully picking my way through the thirty plus islands of Squam in my skiff…and surrounded by the deep resonance of unspoiled New Hampshire, I am filled with a deep gratitude at my good fortune to live, work, and play here. I hope this book brings you memories of your time here, or encourages you to explore it, and I hope you too have a strong positive reaction to your experience. I hope, as well, that you, like me, will be inspired to help keep it this way.”
—EB James, Executive Director, Squam Lakes Association
Proceeds from the sale of this book will also help other communities and organizations preserve their history through Our American Heritage Project, a non-profit organization.
About The Author
Book DetailsAuthor: Ron Guilmette
Product Dimensions: 11" x 9"
Cover Type: Hardcover