Contoocook Lake (/kənˈtʊkək/) is a 344-acre (1.4 km2) water body located in Cheshire County in southwestern New Hampshire, United States, in the towns of Jaffrey and Rindge. The lake, along with Pool Pond, forms the headwaters of the Contoocook River, which flows north to the Merrimack River in Penacook, New Hampshire.
The lake is classified as a warmwater fishery, with observed species including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white perch, yellow perch, black crappie, bluegill, pumpkinseed, chain pickerel, and horned pout.
|Location||Cheshire County, New Hampshire|
|Primary outflows||Contoocook River|
|Basin countries||United States|
|Max. length||2.8 mi (5 km)|
|Max. width||0.5 mi (1 km)|
|Surface area||344 acres (1.4 km2)|
|Average depth||7 ft (2.1 m)|
|Max. depth||23 ft (7.0 m)|
|Surface elevation||1,007 feet (307 m)|
Contoocook may refer to a place name in New Hampshire, the United States:
The Contoocook River, a tributary of the Merrimack River
Contoocook, New Hampshire, a village in the town of Hopkinton, named for the river
Contoocook Railroad Bridge, oldest surviving covered railroad bridge
Contoocook Railroad Depot, restored railroad depot in Contoocook, New Hampshire
Contoocook Lake in Jaffrey and Rindge, New Hampshire, the source of the river
USS Contoocook (1864), a U.S. Navy vessel during the American Civil WarContoocook River
The Contoocook River () is a 71-mile-long (114 km) river in New Hampshire. It flows from Pool Pond and Contoocook Lake on the Jaffrey/Rindge border to Penacook (just north of Concord), where it empties into the Merrimack River. It is one of only a few rivers in New Hampshire that flow in a predominantly northward direction. Three covered bridges span the river, one in the village of Contoocook in the town of Hopkinton, one in the town of Henniker, and a third on the Hancock-Greenfield line. Residents and tourists have made the Contoocook popular for fishing and whitewater boating.
The name Contoocook came from the Pennacook tribe of Native Americans and perhaps means "place of the river near pines." Other variations of the name include the Abenaki meaning "nut trees river" or Natick language meaning "small plantation at the river."The river gives its name to Contoocook, New Hampshire, a census-designated place (CDP) within the town of Hopkinton.Jaffrey, New Hampshire
Jaffrey is a town in Cheshire County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 5,457 at the 2010 census.The main village in town, where 2,757 people resided at the 2010 census, is defined as the Jaffrey census-designated place (CDP) and is located along the Contoocook River at the junction of U.S. Route 202 and New Hampshire routes 124 and 137.Rindge, New Hampshire
Rindge is a town in Cheshire County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 6,014 at the 2010 census. Rindge is home to Franklin Pierce University, the Cathedral of the Pines, and part of Annett State Forest.