Southern New Hampshire is rich in water, most towns just North of the Massachusetts state line boast several lakes and ponds with numerous recreation offerings, town beaches, boating, winter skating and fishing.
Windham has 8 water bodies that according to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NH DES) are qualified as “great ponds” with a lake surface area greater than 10 acres.
Canobie Lake is the largest at 373 acres and it also serves as Salem’s water supply therefore no swimming is allowed in it. Canoe access is provided through the Verrette Conservation land on West Shore road.
Cobbett’s pond hosts the Windham town beach, residents get free passes at the town hall and it is a favorite hang-out spot for vacationing kids and moms with toddlers.
Rock Pond and the shallower Simpson Pond below it are connected lakes with a total surface area of about 72 acres. Moeckel Pond is privately owned, the bridge at the South end takes hikers to the 54 acre Deer Leap conservation area.
Shadow lake stretches between Windham and Salem and has become a much more enjoyable lake since the opening of the Rt-111 bypass. Mitchell Pond can be accessed for fishing through the Windham trail network from Searles road in the new Castle Reach subdivision.