Squam Lake, the Real On Golden PondIt might not be the best kept secret in our area, but Squam Lake was indeed the filming location for the Academy Award winning film On Golden Pond. The beloved 1981 film, written by Ernest Thompson and starring Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, and Katherine Hepburn was filmed on location on both Big Squam and Little Squam Lake. The original house still stands and can viewed from the water if you know the right place to look…

An Explore Squam Cruise with the Squam Lakes Science Center brings visitors to several of the filming locations while providing some great insider stories and anecdotes from the film shoot. Not a week goes by during the summer that we are not asked by one of the guests of Squam Lake Inn about the film, and a story is shared regarding how meaningful it was to them. Our staff will be more than happy to let you know the other ways you can make On Golden Pond part of a memorable trip to Squam Lake and the New Hampshire Lakes Region.

On Golden Pond struck a meaningful chord with viewers over 30 years ago and still affects new fans with each passing year. The themes of love, family, change, death, nature, and redemption are so accessible and universal through the beautifully written and realized characters. Also, we think they helped make our beloved loons even more beloved the world over!

“Come here, Norman. Hurry up. The loons! The loons! They’re welcoming us back.” ~ Ethel Thayer (Katherine Hepburn)

The staff at the Squam Lake Inn and the beloved loons are always here, ready to welcome you, or hopefully welcome you back…