Cow Island on Lake Winnipesaukee
|Formerly Known As Guernsey Island, Tuftonboro|
|Cow Island is the second largest non-bridged island on Lake Winnipesaukee consisting of approximately 520 acres. There is considerable history to the island including that it was the site of the first guernsey cows shipped to this country from Scotland. One cottage on the island was constructed from the remains of an old grist mill which was actually used for many years.
The island is shaped somewhat like an hourglass, with the northerly part having been developed in the 1960's. The center of this section of Cow Island is owned by the Town of Tuftonboro and is terrific for hiking and enjoying wildlife.
The southerly portion was formerly a boys camp known as Camp Idlewild and was not developed until the early 1980's. Upon the camp's closing, the land was subdivided into large five acre lots around the perimeter with 42 acres of common land in the center. Remnants of old camp cabins, playing fields and fireplaces are still on this common land. Two very nice beaches are also deeded with the common area. Further, anyone purchasing property on this section, still known as Idlewild, enjoys the benefit of a year round care taker.
Several marinas are available to choose from and are quite convenient to Cow Island for docking your boat.