West Branch (New Hampshire)

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West Branch
WestBranchOssipeeLakeRd.jpg
The West Branch at summer low level north of Ossipee Lake
West Branch (New Hampshire) is located in New Hampshire
West Branch (New Hampshire)
West Branch (New Hampshire) is located in the United States
West Branch (New Hampshire)
Location
CountryUnited States
StateNew Hampshire
CountyCarroll
TownsMadison, Freedom, Ossipee
Physical characteristics
SourceSilver Lake
 • locationMadison
 • coordinates43°50′55″N 71°10′17″W / 43.84861°N 71.17139°W / 43.84861; -71.17139
 • elevation468 ft (143 m)
MouthOssipee Lake
 • location
Ossipee / Freedom
 • coordinates
43°48′32″N 71°9′44″W / 43.80889°N 71.16222°W / 43.80889; -71.16222Coordinates: 43°48′32″N 71°9′44″W / 43.80889°N 71.16222°W / 43.80889; -71.16222
 • elevation
407 ft (124 m)
Length5.5 mi (8.9 km)

The West Branch is a 5.5-mile-long (8.9 km)[1] river located in eastern New Hampshire in the United States. It is the northern tributary of Ossipee Lake, part of the Saco River watershed leading to the Atlantic Ocean.

The West Branch begins at the outlet of Silver Lake in the southern corner of Madison, New Hampshire, and takes a winding course south towards Ossipee Lake. It forms the boundary between the towns of Freedom and Ossipee. The flat, sandy terrain through which the river flows is known as the West Branch Pine Barrens and is the site of a nature preserve owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy.

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