The Winni Derby began in 1980 as an attempt to reduce the number of Landlocked Salmon in Lake Winnipesaukee. The lake had been overstocked, and it tipped mother natures delicate balance, leading to a decline in population of other species of fish and aquatic wildlife. Other rumored ideas for lowering the population was a lowering the minimum legal length to 14 or 12 inches or perhaps raising the fishing limit. In the end, the derby was the solution that pleased everyone, and it continues to please fisherman and the local economy today.
You may be asking yourself why we have Nascar racing at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on our events pages when the races don't actually take place in the Lakes Region. While they technically do not occur up here, the Lakes Region is where the majority of the 100,000 race fans are staying when the race is not actually in progress. The Lakes Region acts as a staging area and provides you with a place to stay, places to eat, and plenty of other things to do for when the races end.
The Annual Boathouse Tour will be held on Thursday August 11th, 2016 from 9am to 4pm. (RAIN DATE: Friday 8/12) Visit historic and new boathouses on Lake Winnipesaukee in the only tour of its kind!. There are three ways to take the tour: on water in a vintage wooden boat, by land in your own car, or by land in an antique automobile. On-water and antique car tickets sell out fast! Two water tour times: 9:00am & 1:00pm. For ticket prices and more info click here.
The 40th Alton Bay Boat Show will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2016 from 9:00am to 12:00pm. This informal, non-judged vintage boat show is held at the Alton Bay town docks as part of the Alton Old Home Day. No advance registration necessary. All “woodies” welcome on a first-come-first-served basis. Visitors can vote for the 2016 People’s Choice Awards. Call the New Hampshire Boat Museum 603-569-4554 with questions or visit their website.
Meredith is host to one of our biggest winter events; the Great Rotary Ice Fishing Derby. Presented by the Meredith Rotary Club, this event brings ice fisherman from across the country to Meredith for a weekend of fun, fishing, and seeing what your tolerance for cold and frostbite is. In the end, the payoff is being one of the lucky few who gets to experience the pride of having their catch hung up on the wall of fame, and winning an amazing grand prize.
Each year in the heart of a New England winter, Laconia hosts the World Championship Sled Dog Derby. Held in early or mid February, this world class ISDRA sanctioned event competes race teams for three days on a rigorous sixteen mile course over the lakes and into the woods. Dubbed as the greatest show on snow, the sled dog derby makes for a different, entertaining and exciting way to spend an afternoon with the family.
The Lakes Region hosts a wide variety of special events each year. They range from small and simple all the way to events so large that they gain national attention. From the oldest motorcycle rally in the world, to world championship sled dog races, to an ice fishing derby that draws people from every state in the country; there are always some happenings going on.