Swimming in Lake Chocorua, New Hampshire

I spent a few hours out on Lake Chocorua with writer and friend Jay Atkinson (link). Jay likes to get out and do some swimming near his home in Massachusetts, but much prefers the clear and sometimes cool waters up here to the North. I meet Jay while photographing a story for the New York Times, Jay was the writer and he was a participant in his homemade DIY triathlon in Rumney, New Hampshire. Tired of paying fees and the shoulder to shoulder crush of swimmer in most races Jay and his friends just picked a lake, a few road miles on bikes a hike and a day. The hardest part was getting a day everyone could make it. Since then Jay and I have worked on a few other stories, but they all focus on getting outside and experiencing it. It always helps to have a few motivated friends to get you outside for a swim, bike or run, or whatever even when the forecast is for rain.

This was shot off of an inflatable paddleboard. It’s by far the best platform I’ve found for taking photographs out on the water. Well on lakes and gentle rivers, it would be a lot more challenging on big swells in the Atlantic.

Jay Atkinson getting in a late summer swim in Lake Chocorua, New Hampshire.
Here’s Jay Atkinson getting in a late summer swim in Lake Chocorua, New Hampshire with no crowds.
photograph of Jay Atkinson swimming in Lake Chocorua, New Hampshire.
Not an ideal day for swimming in New Hampshire but the water’s warm. Jay Atkinson taking a short break in Lake Chocorua, New Hampshire.

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