Cruise with a Naturalist
Learn about the rich natural history of Squam Lake with an experienced naturalist.
See Common Loons and Bald Eagles and view their nesting sites. Watch for other wildlife too - you never know what you might see amid Squam’s scenic mountain ranges, charming islands, and quiet spots. The route is chosen to maximize wildlife observations; see something different on every memorable trip.
|Cruise Pass Fees (2020)||Member Rate||Non-Member Rate|
|Youth (Ages 0-15)||$19.00||$23.00|
|Not recommended for children under 3|
Combination Passes (trail and cruise) are not available for the 2020 season.
Cruises are 90 minutes long and on canopied pontoon boats. Binoculars are available for wildlife viewing at no additional cost. New Hampshire State law requires youth ages 12 and under to wear a life jacket on board.
Advance reservations are strongly recommended.
Each boat has a maximum passenger capacity set by NH Marine Patrol. Space on all cruises is limited. Seats are guaranteed only for those making advance reservations and payment. Other space is available on a first come, first serve basis.
Cruises may be cancelled if there are fewer than two passengers registered. Cruises may be cancelled at any time due to weather, unsafe conditions, or other circumstances. If we cancel a cruise we will contact passengers to reschedule on another date or to issue a full refund. If passengers must cancel, please call the Science Center at 603-968-7194 x 7 to reschedule or request a full refund. Passengers must cancel within 90 minutes of the start of the cruise to receive a refund.
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is located on Route 113 in Holderness, NH. Park in Science Center parking lots and follow the walking path across Route 113 to Lake Cruise Headquarters. Please arrive 15 minutes before your cruise departure time.