Lake Winnipesaukee, aka: Lake Winnie, or
by Native Americans "Winnipiseogee" which is
most commonly translated as "Smile of the Great Spirit" has a surface area
of 72 square miles and is 28 miles long at it's longest point. Lake
Winnipesaukee also offers 240 miles of shoreline that has everything from
multi-million dollar homes to campgrounds.
Lake Winnipesaukee has been a
focal point of our state and has had many famous visitors over the years.
Lake Winnipesaukee is is the largest lake within the lakes region of New
Many visitors to the state of NH visit the lake during
their stay here, which makes Lake Winnipesaukee one of the most visited
places in New Hampshire.
If you would like to be close to the lake,
nothing can be staying right on the water at Lake Winnipesaukee.
Most Lake Winnipesaukee rentals
are reserved a year or more in advance, so planning your NH vacation should be thought out well in advance of the date you plan to take your vacation.
Waterfront rentals on Lake Winnipesaukee tend to be rented first. If you are
looking for a place to rent, we do have a
List of Lake Winnipesaukee Vacation Rentals which include house rentals,
condos, cottages, camps and hotels on Lake Winnipesaukee. If you own a boat,
most of these rentals have docks where you can dock your boat as well. If
you don't own a boat, you will wish you did if you're staying right on the
water. Be sure to also check out
Lake Winnipesaukee Boat Rentals page.
Lake Winnipesaukee has crystal clean water as the lake
is fed by many
mountains in the area as well as other lakes and ponds in the surrounding
towns of: Brookfield, Center Harbor, Sandwich, Laconia, New Durham,
Meredith, Tuftonboro, Wolfeboro, Gilford, Moultonborough, Alton and other New
Hampshire towns. These towns make up the "Watershed" area. Lake
Winnipesaukee's waters are kept clean by many local organizations and
residents. Keeping the lake and watershed area of Lake Winnipesaukee clean
and free of pollutants is the key to keeping the lake pristine for future
generations. The overall quality of the water is good, plant life is
considered low and the water clarity is excellent.
One of the most popular attractions on Lake
Winnipesaukee is the famous
MS. Mount Washington Cruise Ship. This ship is 230 feet long and 780
tons. The ship was assembled in 1939 from the hull of the Lake Champlain
ship, the "Chateaugay." The MS Mount Washington has stops in Alton Bay,
Center Harbor, Meredith, Weirs Beach, and Wolfeboro NH. The Mt.
Washington Cruise Ship is the perfect way to experience the lake and learn
about some of the history of Lake Winnipesaukee.
Check out our trip report from the MS Mount Washington Cruise
NH Tour Guide.com also offers
live webcam images from
Lake Winnipesaukee which are great to see the
current conditions on the lake for boating, fishing or ice fishing, and
One of the best parts of Lake Winnipesaukee is it's
central location in the state of NH. The lake is accessible from all points
in NH within a reasonable amount of time, whether your coming from the
Seacoast Region, the Great North Woods Region or the Monadnock Region it's
well worth the short drive to visit Lake Winnipesaukee in NH. Looking for
some fun things to do around Lake Winnipesaukee? Check out our
GPS Tour Around Lake Winnipesaukee.
Lake Winnipesaukee is New Hampshire's finest
attraction for tourism and is home to many small businesses like
real estate agents,
boat and jet ski rentals,
cabin rentals and
will also find many gift shops surrounding parts of Lake Winnipesaukee.
Two of Lake Winnipesaukee's nearby mountains
which we offer more information about are:
Mt. Major in Alton, NH., Mt Shaw in
which all offer beautiful views of Lake Winnipesaukee.
Fast Facts About Lake Winnipesaukee:
Lake Winnipesaukee has 72
square miles (44,586 acres) of surface area.
It is 28 miles long at
it's longest point
It has 240 miles of
The drive around the lake
is a 63 mile long ride
The deepest point is 180
Lake Winnipesaukee has
approx. 625 billion gallons of water
Lake Winnipesaukee has 365
islands, 274 are habitable
Becky's Garden is the
smallest island at only 10 feet wide
3 islands on Lake
Winnipesaukee are named "Loon Island"
Lake Winnipesaukee is only
504 feet above sea level
Lake Winnipesaukee usually
freezes by mid January
"Ice Out" is called when
the MS Mount Washington Ship can navigate to all of it's ports
on the lake.
How did Lake
Winnipesaukee get it's name? Read:
An Indian Legend: How Lake Winnipesaukee Got it's Name
Lake Winnipesaukee in NH is often misspelled. Common misspellings
include: Lake Winnipeesakee, Lake Winipesauki, Lake Winnepesakie, Lake
Winnipasaukee, Lake Winapasaukee, and Lake Winnapasakie. It has also been
nicknamed "Lake Winni" (or "Lake Winnie")
View photos of Lake Winnipesaukee from
Mt. Major in Alton, NH.
Winnipesaukee Live Webcams
Webcams in Wolfeboro NH