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Fun Facts about Lake Winnipesaukee

Fun Facts On Lake Winnipesaukee

Whether you are visiting for a weekend, looking for a second home or hoping to make Lake Winnipesaukee your permanent home, find what fun things the area has to offer. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the area, contact Nancy today. She has the local knowledge and real estate expertise to help with all of your Lake Winnipesaukee real estate needs.

  • It's the largest lake in New Hampshire
  • There are 240 miles of shoreline according to some; 183 miles according to others
  • There are 365 islands, of which 274 are habitable
  • Surface area is 72 square miles
  • The lake is 9.5 miles wide and 28 miles long
  • It is 504 ft above sea level
  • Deepest part of the lake - 169 ft, southeast of Rattlesnake Island. The rest of the lake is between 20-100 ft deep
  • Rattlesnake Island has the highest elevation of 400 ft
  • There are eight cities and towns that border Lake Winnipesaukee - Alton, Center Harbor, Gilford, Laconia, Meredith, Moultonboro, Tuftonboro and Wolfeboro
  • The route to drive around the lake from Meredith: Route 25 to Route 109 to Route 28 to Bay Hill. Road in Alton to Route 11 to Elm Street in Laconia to Parade Road (Route 106) to Route 3
  • Facts on ice out - Official ice out is when the M/S Mount Washington can reach all four of its ports without touching ice.
  • The smallest Island - Becky's Island which is about 10 feet wide depending on water level.
  • The largest Islands - Long Island (which has a bridge to it) and Bear Island.
  • Lake Winnipesaukee has three islands with the same name - all are called Loon Island.
  • Nineacres Island actually has 13 acres.
  • Stonedam Island has a wildlife preserve that can only be visited by boat.
  • Cow Island is sometimes called Guernsey Island - The island was once used to quarantine cows brought from Europe.
  • Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire freezes over early to mid January.
  • Lake temperature varies depending on the weather:  A warm, sunny summer - up to 79; A cloudy, rainy summer holds the temperature between 67 and 74.
  • Wolfeboro is the oldest summer resort town in the  US.
  • There are over 273 lakes and ponds in the lakes region of New Hampshire.
  • Facts on the number of islands that can be reached by bridge - six; Black Cat Island, Long Island, Oak Island, Governor's Island, Worcester Island and Christmas Island.
  • Islands measured from Center Harbor - Mile Island, Three-Mile Island, Five-Mile Island and Six-Mile island.
  • Ossipee Mountains border Moultonboro on Lake Winnipesuakee.
  • Wild animals in the Lake Winnipesaukee region:  Otter, beaver, muskrat, mink, fisher, moose, deer, black bear, coyotes and bobcats.
  • Loons return to Lake Winnipesuakee at ice out.
  • There are 75 numbered buoys: 1-31 and 39-83.
  • Facts on the red and white buoy - proceed on the south and west side.
  • Facts on the black and white buoys - proceed on the north and east side.
  • Lakeport is the only dam that releases water from Lake Winnipesaukee. It is located at the southern end of Paugus Bay.
  • Before the dam at Lakeport was built, the water level was 3-5 feet below what it is now.
  • The area between Deven's Island and Little Bear Island is sometimes referred to as "Hole in the Wall."
  • Birch Island and Steamboat Island are the only two islands connected by a bridge.
  • "Sally's Gut" is a passageway for boats between Stonedam Island and Meredith Neck.
  • "The Witches" is a  rocky area east of Governor's Island. These rocks are normally just below the surface and extremely hazardous to boaters.
  • Weirs Beach got its name  from the native Indians. A long time ago, natives built a basket, call a weir, to catch fish (Shad) that migrated through the Weirs channel. The constant use of the weirs in the channel led to the name Weirs Beach.​

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