Lake expedition gear
Lake expedition gear

Lakehouse Expedition

Lake expedition gear
Ryan Krogh

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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;, then take the kids to a sailing class (from $125;, explore the coves by canoe (rentals from $25 at, or get your multisport fix—climb, bike, paddle, hike—in the nearby Presidential Range with White Mountain Exploration (guides from $65;

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

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;

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;

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;

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;

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