Shanties on Alton Bay

Fishing shanties dot the narrow frozen channel of Alton Bay

Fishing shanties dot the narrow frozen channel of Alton Bay

Alton Bay is the southernmost port of call on Lake Winnipesaukee. Located at the end of a narrow finger of water that could almost be called a fjord, it is a hub of activity no matter what season of the year it may be.

Approaching it by Route 28A / 11, you come to an awkward fork in the road that is a boat launch in the summer – and a vista to look up the narrow tree lined inlet into the lake. Here you want to take a left across a narrow bridge that passes between marinas to follow Route 11/ the Mount Major Highway, so the lake will be on your right and you can pull off to admire the views. In fact, the first pulloff is just after a jink in the road to head north, where a long parking lot is mostly plowed out to help provide views of fishing shanties on the ice, and the odd snowmobiler group zipping across the ice.

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