Island Pond (Rockingham County, New Hampshire)

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Island Pond
Island Pond, Derry NH.jpg
Island Pond
Location Rockingham County, New Hampshire
Coordinates 42°52′3″N 71°12′48″W / 42.86750°N 71.21333°W / 42.86750; -71.21333Coordinates: 42°52′3″N 71°12′48″W / 42.86750°N 71.21333°W / 42.86750; -71.21333
Primary inflows Taylor Brook; Drew Brook
Primary outflows Spicket River
Basin countries United States
Max. length 2.5 mi (4.0 km)
Max. width 0.6 mi (0.97 km)
Surface area 532 acres (2.15 km2)
Average depth 34 feet (10 m)
Max. depth 70 feet (21 m)
Surface elevation 205 feet (62.5 m)
Islands Governors Island; Escumbuit Island; Loon Island; Chase Island; Sheep Island; Pine Island
Settlements Derry; Hampstead, Atkinson

Island Pond[1] (sometimes referred to locally as Big Island Pond) is a 532-acre (215 ha)[2] water body located in Rockingham County in southern New Hampshire, in the towns of Derry, Hampstead and Atkinson. The pond is near the head of the Spicket River watershed, which feeds the Merrimack River in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The pond was formed from the merger of two smaller bodies of water in 1878, when a dam raised the water level by 8.5 feet.[3]

The pond is named for Governor's Island, a 200-acre (80 ha) island that lies within it. The island in turn is named for Benning Wentworth, colonial governor of New Hampshire, who built a summer residence on the north end of the island. A smaller island is named after the Native American chief Escumbuit.[4]

The lake is classified as a cold- and warmwater fishery and contains largemouth and smallmouth bass, brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, chain pickerel, horned pout, white perch, black crappie, and bluegill.[5]

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  1. ^ "Island Pond". Geographic Names Information System. U.S. Geological Survey. December 31, 1981. Retrieved March 30, 2012. 
  2. ^ "New Hampshire GRANIT state geographic information system". Retrieved March 30, 2012. 
  3. ^ French, Laura (May 2016). Forest Management Plan for Governor’s Island. New London, NH: The Ecosystem Management Company. p. 6. 
  4. ^ Kayworth, Alfred E. (2000). Legends of the Pond. Wellesley, MA: Branden Books. ISBN 0-8283-2053-5. 
  5. ^ "Island Pond, Derry, Atkinson, Hampstead" (PDF). NH Fish & Game. Retrieved July 21, 2015.