Paugus Bay

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Paugus Bay
Location Belknap County, New Hampshire
Coordinates 43°34′34″N 71°27′33″W / 43.57611°N 71.45917°W / 43.57611; -71.45917Coordinates: 43°34′34″N 71°27′33″W / 43.57611°N 71.45917°W / 43.57611; -71.45917
Primary inflows Lake Winnipesaukee
Primary outflows Winnipesaukee River
Basin countries United States
Max. length 4.5 mi (7.2 km)
Max. width 0.8 mi (1.3 km)
Surface area 1,220 acres (4.9 km2)
Surface elevation 504 ft (154 m)
Islands Plummer Island; Big Island; Little Island
Settlements Laconia: Weirs Beach, Lakeport

Paugus Bay is a 1,220-acre (4.9 km2) water body located in Belknap County in the Lakes Region of central New Hampshire, in the city of Laconia. It is connected by a short channel at the village of Weirs Beach to Lake Winnipesaukee. The bay is named after Chief Paugus, who fought in the Battle of Pequawket during Dummer's War. With the 19th-century construction of a dam in the community of Lakeport (within Laconia), the elevation of Paugus Bay was raised to that of Lake Winnipesaukee, effectively making the smaller water body an arm of the larger one. Water flowing out of Paugus Bay travels down the Winnipesaukee River to the Merrimack River.