Island Pond (Rockingham County, New Hampshire)

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Island Pond
Location Rockingham County, New Hampshire
Coordinates 42°52′3″N 71°12′48″W / 42.86750°N 71.21333°W / 42.86750; -71.21333Coordinates: 42°52′3″N 71°12′48″W / 42.86750°N 71.21333°W / 42.86750; -71.21333
Primary inflows Taylor Brook; Drew Brook
Primary outflows Spicket River
Basin countries United States
Max. length 2.5 mi (4.0 km)
Max. width 0.6 mi (0.97 km)
Surface area 532 acres (2.15 km2)
Average depth 34 feet (10 m)
Max. depth 70 feet (21 m)
Surface elevation 205 feet (62.5 m)
Islands Governors Island; Escumbuit Island; Loon Island
Settlements Derry; Hampstead, Atkinson

Island Pond[1] (sometimes referred to locally as Big Island Pond) is a 532-acre (215 ha)[2] water body located in Rockingham County in southern New Hampshire, in the towns of Derry, Hampstead and Atkinson. The pond is near the head of the Spicket River watershed, which feeds the Merrimack River in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

The pond is named for Governor's Island, a 200-acre (80 ha) island that lies within it. The island in turn is named for Benning Wentworth, colonial governor of New Hampshire, who built a summer residence on the north end of the island. A smaller island is named after the Native American chief Escumbuit.[3]

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  1. ^ "Island Pond". Geographic Names Information System. U.S. Geological Survey. December 31, 1981. Retrieved March 30, 2012. 
  2. ^ "New Hampshire GRANIT state geographic information system". Retrieved March 30, 2012. 
  3. ^ Kayworth, Alfred E. (2000). Legends of the Pond. Wellesley, MA: Branden Books. ISBN 0-8283-2053-5.