Lake Quannapowitt

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Lake Quannapowitt
Lake Quannapowitt.jpg
Location Wakefield, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°31′18″N 71°04′42″W / 42.52167°N 71.07833°W / 42.52167; -71.07833Coordinates: 42°31′18″N 71°04′42″W / 42.52167°N 71.07833°W / 42.52167; -71.07833
Primary outflows Saugus River
Basin countries United States
Wood and granite structure built in 1885 on the Lower Common in Wakefield, Massachusetts, overlooking Lake Quannapowitt

Lake Quannapowitt is one of two main lakes in Wakefield, Massachusetts, the other being the manmade Crystal Lake. Lake Quannapowitt is a popular setting for walkers, joggers, bikers, and in-line skaters off Route 128 in Middlesex County. It is the site of many organized races from 5Ks to Ultra Marathons. Since 1992, Friends of Lake Quannapowitt is an organization that has worked to fulfill its goal of promoting public awareness and providing long-term protection and enhancement of Lake Quannapowitt and its environs. Large amounts of tar were found in the lake some years ago.[citation needed] The lake is emptied by the Saugus River.

Lake Quannapowitt (KWAN-ah-POW-it), which was originally known as Reading Pond, has numerous nicknames today. Some area natives refer to the lake as "Lake Quannapolluted" due to their view of the state of health of the lake, but the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has only one isolated open case of contamination from the electric company that has a funded cleanup program with a 2008 completion date.[1] The two former beaches remain closed to swimming.

A good view of Lake Quannapowitt from its southeast shores as it rolls in towards the town common on 07–18–2011.

The town common of Wakefield is on the south shore of the lake. Probably the most well known scene in the town is of its iconic bandstand on the town common, with Lake Quannapowitt in the background.

The lake has active populations of warmwater species of fish.

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  1. ^ Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection cleanup page

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