Lake Winnipesaukee is located in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire at the foothills of the White Mountains. Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest lake in the state and the 6th largest lake in the United States that lies completely within the borders of the United States. Surrounded by three mountain ranges, the wooded shoreline and crystal clear water of this spring-fed lake make it a popular summer resort and a place to rest and relax in beautiful surroundings and enjoy water sports of all sorts.
Visitors may explore the numerous villages on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee by boat or by car. Each one offers something unique.
Weirs Beach has arcades and boardwalks, waterslides, a public beach and an activity center. Trains from the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad also stop each hour on the hour to pickup and discharge passengers for their lakeside 2 hour ride. Weirs Beach is the most popular spot on the Lake due to the Scenic Train, MV MT Washington and the arcades and resaurants along its boardwalk. Numerous Fireworks Displays happen here each year and in June its the home of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Annual Event. In 2007 from June 9th through the 17th, the annual event will be its 84th year.
Meredith is a restored mill village, where you can browse through antique, art and craft galleries. Winnipesaukee Scenic Trains stop here very two hours to pickup and let off passengers and also change direction and head back south to Lakeport via Weirs Beach
Wolfeboro is a picture perfect village, right down to its historic Main Street. Center Harbor, Moultonborough, Tuftonboro, Alton, Gilford and Laconia all have their own special flavor. All communities have public parks and docks, and feature varied activities such as fireworks displays and band concerts throughout the year.
* 504 Feet above Sea Level
* Maximum Depth: 180 feet
* Average Depth: 43 feet
* Volume: 625 billion gallons
* Length: Approximately 25 miles
* Width: Approximately 15 miles at widest point
* Water Surface: 72 square miles
* Distance around the lake: 182 miles
* Shoreline excluding islands: 178 miles
* Islands: 244
* Island shoreline: 100 1/2 miles
There is only one outlet for the lake and its through Paugus Bay at the south end right where the trains from the Winnipesaukee Scenic RR change direction to go north back to Weirs and Meredith. From the small dam there at Lakeport it flows through Laconia to connect with Lake Winnisquam. At the very southern point on Winnisquam it passes over another small dam that outlets to Silver Lake. From Silver lake in Belmont it becomes the Winnipesaukee River and flows down through Tilton, NH and then Franklin where it mergers with the Pemigewassett River to become the beginning of the Merrimac River. The Merrimac goes through a lot of old industrial mill towns such as Concord and Manchester and Nashua NH before it then crosses into Massachusetss to serve the cities of Lowell, Lawrence and Haverhill, MA. Then it eventually travels east to Newburyport MA where it reaches its outlet into the Atlantic Ocean