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  • Lake Winnipesaukee Facts

    1. Birch Island and Steamboat Island are the two islands on the lake that are connected by a bridge.
    2. Stonedam Island is located on the lake and has a wildlife preserve which can be visited via boat.
    3. Do you know why the water under the bridges of the lake does not freeze? It is because the water keeps moving so it cannot freeze.
    4. Smile of the Great Spirit is the Indian meaning of the lake.
    5. A nautical mile is 6,076 feet.
    6. Native Americans resided on Lake Winnipesaukee for 10,000 years.
    7. There are 273 ponds and lakes throughout the Lakes region area.
    8. Becky’s Island is the smallest island on the lake, at only 10 feet across.
    9. April is usually the time for the most ice-outs on the lake.
    10. Lake Winnipesaukee is 504 feet above sea level.
    11. Rattlesnake Island has the highest elevation at 400 feet about sea level.
    12. The surface of the entire lake is 72 square miles.
    13. There are 75 total numbered buoys on the lake.
    14. Teddy Roosevelt gave a presidential speech in 1902 and drew a crowd of 20,000 to 40,000 at Weirs Beach.
    15. Wolfeboro is known as the oldest summer resort in all of America.
    16. During the winter, the M/S Mount Washington is kept in Center Harbor for maintenance.
    17. There are a total of 8 cities and towns that border the lake: Alton, Center Harbor, Gilford, Laconia, Tuftonboro, Meredith, Moultonborough and Wolfeboro.
    18. The year 1916 was the first year that Bike Week was held.
    19. Bear Island is the biggest island without a bridge on the lake.
    20. Long Island is the largest island on the lake that has a bridge.
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