Silver Lake (Madison, New Hampshire)

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Silver Lake
View of Silver Lake, NH.jpg
Location Carroll County, New Hampshire
Coordinates 43°51′57″N 71°10′24″W / 43.86583°N 71.17333°W / 43.86583; -71.17333Coordinates: 43°51′57″N 71°10′24″W / 43.86583°N 71.17333°W / 43.86583; -71.17333
Primary inflows Deer River
Forrest Brook
Primary outflows West Branch
Basin countries United States
Max. length 2.6 mi (4.2 km)
Max. width 1.2 mi (1.9 km)
Surface area 969 acres (3.92 km2)
Average depth 47 ft (14 m)
Max. depth 164 ft (50 m)
Surface elevation 468 ft (143 m)
Islands Big Island; Bimba Island; Loon Island
Settlements Madison (village of Silver Lake)

Silver Lake is a 969-acre (3.92 km2)[1] water body located in Carroll County in eastern New Hampshire, United States, in the town of Madison. The village of Silver Lake within Madison lies at the north end of the lake. Water from Silver Lake flows via the West Branch, through the Ossipee Pine Barrens[2] to Ossipee Lake and ultimately to the Saco River in Maine.

Much of the lake's perimeter is forested, but there are numerous swimming spots. Popular beaches include "the foot" of the lake, "Nichols Beach", and "the head of the lake", where the general store "The Silver Mine" has just been rebuilt after an unfortunate fire.

The lake is classified as a cold- and warmwater fishery, with observed species including rainbow trout, lake trout, lake whitefish, smallmouth bass, chain pickerel, and horned pout.[3]

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