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    Lake Sunapee Facts

    Lake Sunapee is located in the western part of the state.
    It is the 5th largest lakes in the state.
    The lake is 8.1 miles long, 0.5-2.5 miles wide and covers 6.5 square miles.
    There are 8 islands on the lake: Star, Emerald, Treasure, Great, Minute, Burkehaven, Little and Loon Lighthouse.
    Lake Sunapee contains 70 miles of shore line and 7 sandy beaches including Mount Sunapee State Park.
    There are 6 boat ramps around the lake in order to access the lake.
    There are 3 lighthouses around the lake.
    It is a beautiful 25 mile drive around the lake.
    Lake Sunapee is 1,093 feet above sea level.

    Lake Sunapee History

    Lake Sunapee was formed around 11,000 years ago when glaciers left huge rocks all around the wooded areas once the ice melted. The Native Americans have been said to have named the lake calling it Soo-Nipi because of the geese the fly overhead when they are migrating south. In addition, Lake Sunapee is also shaped like a goose flying.

    After the B&M Railroad extended into Newbury, Lake Sunapee became a common vacation spot prior to cars being manufactured. To handle the crowd of new people, there was a steamboat built for the lake. The ships would bring people from the southern part of the lake to the area where the cottages and hotels were.

    MV Kearsarge was manufactured in 1897 at 70 feet long and was able to carry 250 passengers. It would set sail every day in the summer. Later, in 1965, the MV Mount Sunapee was launched. It was 50 feet long and does passenger cruises in the summer.

    Lake Sunapee Activities

    The League of NH Craftsmen Fair is held the first Saturday in August. It is nine days long and showcases the talents of more than 200 craft booth in the Mount Sunapee State Park.

    The Sunapee Bike Race is a bike race for kids 10 and older. This race is part of the Lance Armstrong Junior Olympic Racing Series.

    Love Your Lake Day and Boat Parade celebrate Lake Sunapee. It happens each August where classic boats are on display in Sunapee Harbor. There also have fun and entertainment for the families along with refreshments and a tour of the Sunapee Historical Museum.

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    I believe that it is a good place for treasure hunting. Guys, bring your metal detectors there.


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