Pemigewasset Lake

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Pemigewasset Lake
Pemigewasset Lake.jpg
Location Belknap County, New Hampshire
Coordinates 43°36′53″N 71°35′41″W / 43.61472°N 71.59472°W / 43.61472; -71.59472Coordinates: 43°36′53″N 71°35′41″W / 43.61472°N 71.59472°W / 43.61472; -71.59472
Primary inflows Merrill Brook
Primary outflows tributary of Harper Brook
Basin countries United States
Max. length 1.7 mi (2.7 km)
Max. width 0.7 mi (1.1 km)
Surface area 256 acres (104 ha)
Surface elevation 558 ft (170 m)
Islands 1
Settlements New Hampton

Pemigewasset Lake is a 256-acre (104 ha) water body located in the Lakes Region of central New Hampshire in the United States. The lake straddles the border between the towns of New Hampton and Meredith, both in Belknap County. Outflow from the lake travels down Harper Brook to the Pemigewasset River, a tributary of the Merrimack River, which flows to the Gulf of Maine.[1]


Summer camps, private residences, and a campground line the northern side of the lake, while the southern shoreline is less developed. NH Route 104 runs past the north shore of the lake. A private area called "Smoke Rise" lies on the western side of the lake. The primary road, Smoke Rise Rd., and a smaller secondary road, Easy Street, are located in this area. Smoke Rise borders the southwest side of Pemi Shores, a popular local campground.[citation needed]


The western portion of the lake contains a large uninhabited island. The island is edged with edible blueberries and boasts some rather large, old trees inland. It is named Kelley Island on state Fish and Game Department maps[2] but is often referred to as Blueberry Island.

Although evidence of previous fire pits can be found on the island, burning is strictly prohibited by the New Hampton fire department.[citation needed]


  1. ^ New Hampshire GRANIT database
  2. ^ "Pemigewasset Lake, New Hampton". New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. Retrieved January 7, 2010.