Lake Wicwas

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Lake Wicwas
Wickwas Lake
Wickwas Lake.jpg
Lake Wicwas is located in New Hampshire
Lake Wicwas
Location in New Hampshire
Lake Wicwas is located in the United States
Lake Wicwas
Location in the United States
LocationBelknap County, New Hampshire
Coordinates43°36′51″N 71°33′9″W / 43.61417°N 71.55250°W / 43.61417; -71.55250Coordinates: 43°36′51″N 71°33′9″W / 43.61417°N 71.55250°W / 43.61417; -71.55250
Primary inflowsDolloff Brook
Primary outflowstributary of Lake Winnisquam
Basin countriesUnited States
Max. length1.7 mi (2.7 km)
Max. width1.1 mi (1.8 km)
Surface area350 acres (1.4 km2)
Average depth13 ft (4.0 m)
Max. depth35 ft (11 m)
Surface elevation504 ft (154 m)

Lake Wicwas,[1] also known as Wickwas Lake,[2] is a 350-acre (1.4 km2)[3] water body in the Lakes Region of central New Hampshire, United States, in the town of Meredith. Water from Lake Wicwas flows south to Lake Winnisquam, then to the Winnipesaukee River, and ultimately to the Merrimack River.

The lake is classified as a warm-water fishery, with observed species including smallmouth and largemouth bass, chain pickerel, horned pout, and black crappie.[4]

Longstanding disagreement about how to spell the name of the lake led locals in 2019 to request that the state officially designate it as "Wicwas" without a K.[5] The requested spelling was adopted by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names in November 2019.[1]

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  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lake Wicwas
  2. ^ "Variant name: Wickwas Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Board on Geographic Names. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  3. ^ New Hampshire GRANIT database
  4. ^ "Wicwas Lake, Meredith" (PDF). NH Fish & Game. Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  5. ^ Concord Monitor: "What a difference a K makes, to a Meredith lake" Feb. 3, 2019