Lake Winnipesaukee Information

Lake Winnipesaukee Facts

  • Pronunciation: WI-ni-puh-SAW-kee
  • Means "beautiful water in high place". A second interpetation from Indian folklore is "The smile of the great spirit"
  • 55,685 acres of water, 283 miles of shoreline, 78 sq miles, 202 sq km
  • 625 billion gallons of water
  • 270 islands, largest is 750 acres
  • Elevation: 504 feet above sea level
  • Deepest point: 187 feet
  • Average depth: 43 feet
  • 6 mapped shipwrecks
  • Clarity in Wolfeboro Bay is 25 feet (Sechi disc transparency)
  • Freezes over between late December and early January

Winnipesaukee Ice Out Dates
Official ice out is declared when the M/S Mount Washington can reach all 4 of its ports without touching ice. This usually occurs during April. The earliest recorded ice out was March 28th, 1921 and the latest was May 12th, 1888.

Coldwater Species

  • Brook Trout
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Landlocked Salmon
  • Lake Trout
  • Whitefish

Warmwater Species

  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Pickerel
  • Horned Pout
  • White Perch
  • Northern Pike
  • Walleye
  • Black Crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Yellow Perch

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