Pemigewasset Lake

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Pemigewasset Lake
Pemigewasset Lake.jpg
Location Belknap County, New Hampshire
Coordinates 43°36′53″N 71°35′41″W / 43.61472°N 71.59472°W / 43.61472; -71.59472Coordinates: 43°36′53″N 71°35′41″W / 43.61472°N 71.59472°W / 43.61472; -71.59472
Primary inflows Merrill Brook
Primary outflows tributary of Harper Brook
Basin countries United States
Max. length 1.7 mi (2.7 km)
Max. width 0.7 mi (1.1 km)
Surface area 249 acres (101 ha)
Average depth 8 feet (2 m)
Max. depth 29 feet (9 m)
Surface elevation 558 ft (170 m)
Islands 1
Settlements New Hampton, Meredith

Pemigewasset Lake is a 249-acre (101 ha)[1] water body located in the Lakes Region of central New Hampshire in the United States. The lake straddles the border between the towns of New Hampton and Meredith, both in Belknap County. Outflow from the lake travels down Harper Brook to the Pemigewasset River, a tributary of the Merrimack River, which flows to the Gulf of Maine.[2]

The lake is classified as a warmwater fishery, with observed species including smallmouth and largemouth bass, chain pickerel, horned pout, and black crappie.[1]


Summer camps, private residences, and a campground line the northern side of the lake, while the southern shoreline is less developed. NH Route 104 runs past the north shore of the lake. A private area called "Smoke Rise" lies on the western side of the lake. Smoke Rise Road and a smaller secondary road, Easy Street, are located in this area. Smoke Rise borders the southwest side of Pemi Shores, a popular local campground.[citation needed]


The western portion of the lake contains a large uninhabited island. The island is edged with edible blueberries and boasts some rather large, old trees inland. It is named Kelley Island on state Fish and Game Department maps[1] but is often referred to as Blueberry Island.

Although evidence of previous fire pits can be found on the island, burning is strictly prohibited by the New Hampton fire department.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b c "Pemigewasset Lake, New Hampton" (PDF). NH Fish & Game. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ New Hampshire GRANIT database Archived 2013-08-03 at the Wayback Machine.