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    Massabesic Lake: Lake Massabesic Facts and History

    Massabesic Lake is located in the southern part of the state. It lies within the towns of Manchester and Auburn.

    Massabesic Lake Facts

    Massabesic Lake covers around 2, 561 acres.
    Massabesic provides the drinking water for Manchester.
    There is no swimming or water skiing allowed at the lake.
    The lake also flows into the Merrimack River through Cohas Brook.
    The lake holds more than 15 billion gallons of water.
    The length of Massabesic is 5.6 miles and the width is 1.3 miles.
    The average depth of the lake is 196 feet.
    There are 6 main islands around the lake and several smaller islands.
    The main islands are Grape, Fletcher, Brown, Birch, Picnic and Loon.

    Massabesic Lake History

    The name Lake Massabesic came from the Indians and it means “the place of much water.” One of the most famous chief’s of the state, chief Passaconaway was killed on Lake Massabesic. He was in a canoe headed to Loon Island. The chief had memories of Look Island from when he was younger. A thunderstorm came along and lightning hit the canoe and the chief and the canoe instantly disintegrated.


    Massabesic Lake Recreation

    While there is not swimming at the lake, you can enjoy fishing, kayaking and sailing. There are also trails around the lake for hiking and mountain biking.

    Massabesic is one of the best lakes in all of the state for bass and trout. The Fish and Game Department often stocks the lake with trout. Other species of fish in the lake include crappie, pike, sunfish and perch.

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    Re: Massabesic Lake: Lake Massabesic Facts and History

    The name Lake Massabesic came from the Indians and it means “the place of much water.” One of the most famous chief’s of the state, chief Passaconaway was killed on Lake Massabesic. He was in a canoe headed to Loon Island. The chief had memories of Look Island from when he was younger. A thunderstorm came along and lightning hit the canoe and the chief and the canoe instantly disintegrated.
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