Lonesome Lake (New Hampshire)

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Lonesome Lake
Lonesome Lake From Cannon Mountain .jpg
Lonesome Lake from Cannon Mountain
Location of Lonesome Lake in New Hampshire, USA.
Location of Lonesome Lake in New Hampshire, USA.
Lonesome Lake
Location of Lonesome Lake in New Hampshire, USA.
Location of Lonesome Lake in New Hampshire, USA.
Lonesome Lake
LocationFranconia Notch State Park, Grafton County, New Hampshire
Coordinates44°8′24″N 71°42′4″W / 44.14000°N 71.70111°W / 44.14000; -71.70111Coordinates: 44°8′24″N 71°42′4″W / 44.14000°N 71.70111°W / 44.14000; -71.70111
Primary outflowsCascade Brook
Basin countriesUnited States
Max. length0.2 mi (0.32 km)
Max. width0.1 mi (0.16 km)
Surface area12.2 acres (49,000 m2)
Average depth4 feet (1.2 m)
Max. depth8 feet (2.4 m)
Surface elevation2,730 ft (830 m)

Lonesome Lake is a 12.2-acre (49,000 m2) water body located in Franconia Notch in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, south of Cannon Mountain.[1] The lake is reachable by hiking trails from the Franconia Notch Parkway, including the Lafayette Place Campground, and takes approximately 2–3 hours.[2][3] It features an Appalachian Mountain Club hut, which first opened in 1930, on its southwest shore.[2]

The lake lies in the Merrimack River watershed. Its outlet, Cascade Brook, flows south over ledges and waterfalls to the Pemigewasset River near "The Basin" in Franconia Notch. The Pemigewasset in turn flows south to the Merrimack River, which reaches the Atlantic Ocean at Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Lonesome Lake is part of Franconia Notch State Park. The Appalachian Trail passes the lake at its outlet. Additional hiking trails travel north to Cannon Mountain.[2]

The lake is classified as a coldwater fishery and contains brook trout.[4] The forest includes beech, maple, and birch trees, as well as moss and lichen.[2]

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  1. ^ New Hampshire GRANIT database Archived August 3, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b c d "Lonesome Lake Trail: A guide to one of Franconia Notch State Park's most cherished hikes – NH State Parks". blog.nhstateparks.org. Retrieved October 6, 2020.
  3. ^ "New Hampshire's White Mountains: Lonesome Lake". www.visitwhitemountains.com. Retrieved October 6, 2020.
  4. ^ "Lonesome Lake, Lincoln" (PDF). NH Fish & Game. Retrieved September 2, 2014.