Lonesome Lake (New Hampshire)

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Lonesome Lake
Lonesome Lake From Cannon Mountain .jpg
Lonesome Lake from Cannon Mountain
Location Franconia Notch State Park, Grafton County, New Hampshire
Coordinates 44°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 outflows Cascade Brook
Basin countries United States
Max. length 0.2 mi (0.32 km)
Max. width 0.1 mi (0.16 km)
Surface area 12.2 acres (49,000 m2)
Average depth 4 feet (1.2 m)
Max. depth 8 feet (2.4 m)
Surface elevation 2,730 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 and features an Appalachian Mountain Club hut on its southwest shore.

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.

The lake is classified as a coldwater fishery and contains brook trout.[2]

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  1. ^ New Hampshire GRANIT database
  2. ^ "Lonesome Lake, Lincoln" (PDF). NH Fish & Game. Retrieved September 2, 2014.