Bow Lake (New Hampshire)

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Bow Lake
Bow Lake in autumn as seen from the town dock in Strafford, NH
Bow Lake is located in New Hampshire
Bow Lake
Location in New Hampshire
Bow Lake is located in the United States
Bow Lake
Location in the United States
LocationStrafford County and Rockingham County, New Hampshire
Coordinates43°14′56″N 71°10′54″W / 43.24889°N 71.18167°W / 43.24889; -71.18167Coordinates: 43°14′56″N 71°10′54″W / 43.24889°N 71.18167°W / 43.24889; -71.18167
Primary inflowsSherburne Brook
Primary outflowsIsinglass River
Basin countriesUnited States
Max. length2.8 mi (4.5 km)
Max. width1.2 mi (1.9 km)
Surface area1,149 acres (465 ha)
Average depth10 ft (3.0 m)
Max. depth65 ft (20 m)
Surface elevation515 ft (157 m)
Islands7 named:
Bennett Island; Loon Island; Long Island; Beech Island; Pine Island; Rye Island; York Island
SettlementsStrafford (Bow Lake Village); Northwood

Bow Lake is a 1,149-acre (465 ha)[1] water body located in Strafford and Rockingham counties in eastern New Hampshire, United States, in the towns of Strafford and Northwood. Its outlet is the Isinglass River, flowing east to the Atlantic Ocean via the Cocheco and Piscataqua rivers.

The lake is classified as a cold- and warmwater fishery, with observed species including rainbow trout, brown trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, chain pickerel, horned pout, and white perch.[1]

Every year there are fireworks of Strafford and Northwood over Bow Lake, and it is a popular place to swim, boat and fish for those who live in the towns around it.

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  1. ^ a b "Bow Lake, Strafford" (PDF). NH Fish & Game. Retrieved August 6, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)