Lakehouse Expedition

Lake expedition gear     Photo: Photograph by Inga Hendrickson, Illustrations by Roderick Mills

WHERE TO USE IT: Lake Winni­pesaukee, near New Hampshire's White Mountains, is 72 square miles of tree-lined coves and some 300 sprawling islands—not to mentionwaterfront cabins with long wooden docks. Rent one on the quieter northor east side of the lake (from $1,000 per week; preferredrentals.com), then take the kids to a sailing class (from $125; lwsa.org), explore the coves by canoe (rentals from $25 at faysboatyard.com), or get your multisport fix—climb, bike, paddle, hike—in the nearby Presidential Range with White Mountain Exploration (guides from $65; whitemountainexploration.com).

1. Take the party to the pier. Bose's wireless SoundLink streams tunes from your laptop. $550; bose.com

2. The carbon-fiber blade on Bell Canoe Works's Voodoo Straight Paddle reduces swing weight—meaning easier paddling for you and the kids. $273; bellcanoe.com

3. An inflatable stand-up paddleboard? Yep. When C4 Waterman's 9'3" ISUP Sub Vector is fully pumped up, it's as rigid as fiberglass. Deflated, it packs down to the size of a watermelon. $1,100; store.c4waterman.com

4. Elevate your outdoor cooking game. The portable, battery-operated Auspit Kit makes rotisserie cooking over an open flame—on the beach or the patio—a cinch. $199; auspitbbq.com

5. Primus's Solar Camping Lantern burns for five hours after an eight-hour sunbath—and also takes three D batteries, just in case. $40; primuscamping.com

6. Jump right in: Sanyo's hi-def VPC-WH1 camera is submersible up to ten feet. $400; us.sanyo.com

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