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Newfound Lake, Grafton

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Newfound Lake is located in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. It is situated in the Lakes Region of central New Hampshire, in the towns of Alexandria, Bridgewater, Bristol, and Hebron. Its area of places it behind only Lake Winnipesaukee and Squam Lake among lakes located entirely within New Hampshire, and fourth in the state overall, when Umbagog Lake on the Maine border is included. Newfound Lake is refreshed twice a year by eight underground springs and has of shore line. The lake is about wide and 6mi long. The deepest point is. Major tributaries include the Fowler River and the Cockermouth River. Its outlet is the Newfound River, flowing through Bristol village into the Pemigewasset River. The lake volume is 98 billion gallons of water.Wellington State Park, containing the largest freshwater swimming beach in the New Hampshire state park system, is a 204acre property located on the lake's west shore in the town of Bristol.Name originThe origin of the lake's name is a mystery. An uncertain tradition says that the Native Americans called it "Pasquaney", meaning "the place where birch bark for canoes is found". Multiple maps from the 1700s detail the lake but do not list a name. For example, when in 1752 Emmanuel Brown published a New and Accurate Map of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and New England, the lake was not referenced with a name. In 1755, Thomas Jefferys published a Map of the Most Inhabited Parts of New England with the lake shown, but still it had no name. Six years later, in 1761, a map called the Accurate Map of his Majesty's Province of New Hampshire detailed the map of the area without acknowledging the name of the lake.
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  • This lake is THE hidden gem of the New Hampshire lake region....no tourists, crystal clear water and pure serenity! We went in through Wellington State Park, and it was just chillin' after that. Don't...  more »
  • Beautiful lake for tubing, fishing or pulling up to where the locals anchor their boats and you can get out and stand on the sand bar, float on a raft and just enjoy. There was no cost for taking our ...  more »
  • The cleanest and most tranquil lake in New England. Though it is not as marketed as other lakes, that's what makes it so special. With almost no commotion, lots of beachfront and clean, deep water, th...  more »

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