The Deepest Lake in New Hampshire Isn’t the One You’re Thinking – Or is It?
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Here in New Hampshire, we really bring it in the lakes department. We have a whole region named after our lakes (it's called the "Lakes Region" if you don't hail from these parts).
The lake that comes to mind when you think of New Hampshire is Lake Winnipesaukee. It is the largest lake in the state. According to good 'ole Wikipedia, Lake Winnipesaukee measures approximately 21 miles long (northwest-southeast), and 1 to 9 miles wide (northeast-southwest), covering 69 square miles, or 71 when you include Paugus Bay. That's a big lake!
I would automatically think that because Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest lake in the state, it would also be the deepest. That is where I would be WRONG! Well, According to Google.
Yes, according to Google, the deepest lake in the state is actually Newfound Lake. Located south of Echo Lake, it is 183 feet deep at its deepest part. YIKES! Can you imagine all the sea monsters that live in the depths of that lake? I'll be thinking of that as I try to drift off to sleep tonight.
Newfound lake is ranked the 7th cleanest lake in the nation, and is considered one of the cleanest lakes in the world according to lakesregion.org! It is fed by 8 springs, and has 22 miles of shoreline. Its lake towns are Bridgewater, Bristol, Hebron, and Alexandria. She's a real beauty!
But, here is where you can't always believe what you read on the internet. Upon further investigation, the deepest lake in New Hampshire is indeed Lake Winnipesaukee. If you Google "how deep is Lake Winnipesaukee at its deepest point?", this is what comes up:
I just crunched the numbers, and 212 feet is indeed deeper than 183 feet. Therefore, Lake Winnipesaukee is the deepest lake in New Hampshire, just like we all thought.
In closing, do your research people! And don't always consider a quick Google search to be the gospel truth.