Suncook Lakes

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Suncook Lakes
Upper Suncook Lake May 2017.jpg
Upper Suncook Lake from Narrows Road, May 2017
LocationBelknap County, New Hampshire
Coordinates43°22′54″N 71°16′31″W / 43.38167°N 71.27528°W / 43.38167; -71.27528Coordinates: 43°22′54″N 71°16′31″W / 43.38167°N 71.27528°W / 43.38167; -71.27528
Primary inflowsSuncook River
Primary outflowsSuncook River
Basin countriesUnited States
Max. length3.2 mi (5.1 km)
Max. width0.7 mi (1.1 km)
Surface area697 acres (2.82 km2)
Surface elevation551 ft (168 m)

The Suncook Lakes are a pair of lakes located in Belknap County in central New Hampshire, United States, in the town of Barnstead. Upper Suncook Lake encompasses 402 acres (1.63 km2), while Lower Suncook Lake covers 295 acres (1.19 km2). The lakes are connected by a 1,000-foot-long (300 m) channel, spanned by a road bridge. A dam at the outlet of Lower Suncook Lake controls the water level of both lakes. The lakes are located along the Suncook River, a tributary of the Merrimack River. There are three islands on Lower Lake.

Lower Suncook Lake has an average depth of 9 feet (2.7 m) and a maximum depth of 16 feet (4.9 m),[1] while Upper Suncook Lake has a greater average depth and a maximum depth greater than 40 feet (12 m).[2] The lakes are classified as a warmwater fishery, with observed species including smallmouth and largemouth bass, chain pickerel, horned pout, and white perch.[1] Rainbow trout can be found in the deeper Upper Suncook Lake.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "Lower Suncook Pond, Barnstead" (PDF). NH Fish & Game. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Upper Suncook Pond, Barnstead" (PDF). NH Fish & Game. Retrieved August 6, 2019.