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Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire

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Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest lake in the U.S. state of New Hampshire, located in the Lakes Region. It is approximately 21mi long (northwest-southeast) and from 1to wide (northeast-southwest), covering 69sqmi—71sqmi when Paugus Bay is included—with a maximum depth of. The center area of the lake is called The Broads.The lake contains at least 258 islands, half of which are less than a quarter-acre in size, and is indented by several peninsulas, yielding a total shoreline of approximately 288mi. The driving distance around the lake is. It is above sea level. Winnipesaukee is the third-largest lake in New England after Lake Champlain and Moosehead Lake.Outflow is regulated by the Lakeport Dam in Lakeport, New Hampshire, on the Winnipesaukee River.HistoryLake Winnipesaukee has been a popular tourist destination for more than a century, particularly among residents seeking a safe haven from the summer heat of Boston and New York City. The Native American name Winnipesaukee means either "smile of the Great Spirit" or "beautiful water in a high place". At the outlet of the lake, the Winnipesaukee Indians, a subtribe of the Pennacook, lived and fished at a village called Acquadocton. Today, the site is called The Weirs, named for the weirs colonists discovered when first exploring the region.
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  • If big water bodies with good scenic views is your kind of thing for relaxing holiday then you cannot go wrong with Lake Winnipesaukee which is the biggest lake in New Hampshire. One could get jealous...  read more »
  • Classic old town....the largest lake in NH. Plenty of old mon & pop shops. Can get very busy and hard to find a parking spot at times. RR ride worth it ! 
  • We were stopping with friends in New Hampshire who took us out for the day on the lake. A really lovely day, the lake was very calm with beaches and many upmarket properties on the shores. We were tak...  read more »
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