Originally a manufacturing town, Ossipee is now a destination for families and vacationers alike. Back in 1785, settlers used the lake to their advantage by creating a water-powered shutter factory to help manufacture goods. Ossipee Lake has its roots laid in manufacturing, but today it’s known for much more. Plentiful fishing, relaxing swimming spots, and family fun picnicking are just a few of the activities the lake offers. Heath Pond is located just off of the lake, a unique natural bog area with beautiful colors in the fall, and Hanson Top provides a great view of Ossipee Lake. The Ossipee Lake area isn’t just for the summertime, King Pine Ski Area provides downhill skiing, cross country skiing, ice skating, and more. This northeastern Lakes Region lake is sure to provide peace and tranquility surrounded by the best of New England nature.
The covered bridge is a historic landmark just northwest of Ossipee Lake. Originally built in 1870, it’s one of the few covered bridges left in New Hampshire. It was taken off the road for vehicular traffic in 1989, but it’s still open for the public to explore and enjoy.
Only 20 minutes away from Ossipee Lake lays King Pine, a ski area with 45 acres of land, 17 trails, and 6 ski lifts. The resort has downhill, cross country, snowboarding, snowshoeing, tubing, night skiing and ice skating centers and trails. The resort is a great place to learn how to ski and ride, with 44% of the trails being beginner, but there’s enough for advanced skiers as well, with 25% of their trails being difficult. King Pine adds to the excitement of Ossipee Lake in the colder months - it’s not only a summer area!
Ossipee Lake is known for its Landlocked Salmon, but it has a variety of warm water game fish as well. It’s one of the few lakes in New Hampshire that allows Cusk fishing devices, due to a 2009 rule change. Brown trout, rainbow trout, lake trout, brook trout, chain pickerel, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, white perch, sucker, brown bullhead, rainbow smelt, and burbot are among the species found in the lake. There’s a launch on the eastern shore of the lake, so get out there and see what you can catch!
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