Stinson Lake

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This article is about the water body. For the village located at the south end of the lake, see Stinson Lake, New Hampshire.
Stinson Lake
Location Grafton County, New Hampshire
Coordinates 43°52′0″N 71°47′57″W / 43.86667°N 71.79917°W / 43.86667; -71.79917Coordinates: 43°52′0″N 71°47′57″W / 43.86667°N 71.79917°W / 43.86667; -71.79917
Primary inflows Sucker Brook
Primary outflows Stinson Brook
Basin countries United States
Max. length 1.6 mi (2.6 km)
Max. width 0.6 mi (0.97 km)
Surface area 350 acres (1.4 km2)
Max. depth 70 ft (21 m)
Surface elevation 1,303 ft (397 m)
Settlements Rumney (village of Stinson Lake)

Stinson Lake is a 350-acre (1.4 km2) water body located in the town of Rumney in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. The lake is in the southern part of the White Mountains and is the largest lake in the White Mountain National Forest.[citation needed] Water from Stinson Lake flows via Stinson Brook, the Baker River, and the Pemigewasset River to the Merrimack River.[1]

The lake is a result of glacier deposits. It has a maximum depth of around 80 feet (24 m), with a few shallow banks around the southern rim. It has a cove to the southwest with a dam to stabilize the lake level. Stinson is one of the few lakes around the region without parasitic plants. Its waters are very clear, with visibility to 25 feet (7.6 m) of depth.[citation needed]

Stinson Lake lies in the northern corner of Rumney, just south of the town boundary with Ellsworth and northwest of 2,900-foot (880 m) Stinson Mountain. Most of the lake is fronted by personal property and cabins, but boating access is available next to the Stinson Lake Store on the western side of the lake. The store provides basics and kayaks.

Hiking trails lead from near Stinson Lake southeast to the summit of Stinson Mountain and north to Mt. Kineo, Mt. Carr, and the Three Ponds area. The village of Stinson Lake, with a general store, is at the lake's outlet, at the top of a long climb up the paved Stinson Lake Road from the village of Rumney. Stinson Lake Road is open year round, while the gravel road from Ellsworth and Campton is only open from late spring through early fall.

Campsites around the lake are not available, but several cottage rentals can be found through local advertisements and information at the Stinson Lake Store.

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