Island Pond (Rockingham County, New Hampshire)

Island Pond[1] (sometimes referred to locally as Big Island Pond) is a 532-acre (215 ha)[2] water body located in Rockingham County in southern New Hampshire, in the towns of Derry, Hampstead and Atkinson. The pond is near the head of the Spicket River watershed, which feeds the Merrimack River in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The pond was formed from the merger of two smaller bodies of water in 1878, when a dam raised the water level by 8.5 feet.[3]

The pond is named for Governor's Island, a 200-acre (80 ha) island that lies within it. The island in turn is named for Benning Wentworth, colonial governor of New Hampshire, who built a summer residence on the north end of the island. A smaller island is named after the Native American chief Escumbuit.[4]

The lake is classified as a cold and warmwater fishery and contains largemouth and smallmouth bass, brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, chain pickerel, horned pout, white perch, black crappie, and bluegill.[5]

Island Pond
Island Pond, Derry NH
Island Pond
LocationRockingham County, New Hampshire
Coordinates42°52′3″N 71°12′48″W / 42.86750°N 71.21333°WCoordinates: 42°52′3″N 71°12′48″W / 42.86750°N 71.21333°W
Primary inflowsTaylor Brook; Drew Brook
Primary outflowsSpicket River
Basin countriesUnited States
Max. length2.5 mi (4.0 km)
Max. width0.6 mi (0.97 km)
Surface area532 acres (2.15 km2)
Average depth34 feet (10 m)
Max. depth70 feet (21 m)
Surface elevation205 feet (62.5 m)
IslandsGovernors Island; Escumbuit Island; Loon Island; Chase Island; Sheep Island; Pine Island
SettlementsDerry; Hampstead, Atkinson

See also


  1. ^ "Island Pond". Geographic Names Information System. U.S. Geological Survey. December 31, 1981. Retrieved March 30, 2012.
  2. ^ "New Hampshire GRANIT state geographic information system". Archived from the original on August 3, 2013. Retrieved March 30, 2012.
  3. ^ French, Laura (May 2016). Forest Management Plan for Governor’s Island. New London, NH: The Ecosystem Management Company. p. 6.
  4. ^ Kayworth, Alfred E. (2000). Legends of the Pond. Wellesley, MA: Branden Books. ISBN 0-8283-2053-5.
  5. ^ "Island Pond, Derry, Atkinson, Hampstead" (PDF). NH Fish & Game. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
Governors Island (disambiguation)

Governors Island is a small island in New York City.

Governors Island or Governor's Island may also refer to:

Governors Island National Monument on the island in New York City

Governors Island National Historic Landmark District also on the island in New York City

Governor's Island, Bermuda

Governors Island (Prince Edward Island), Canada

Governors Island (Massachusetts), in Boston Harbor

Governors Island (Lake Winnipesaukee), New Hampshire

Governor's Island, in Island Pond (Rockingham County, New Hampshire)

Governors Island (North Carolina), in Lake Norman

Governors Island (Bryson City, North Carolina), listed on the National Register of Historic Places listings in Swain County, North Carolina

Island Pond (disambiguation)

Island Pond is a village in the town of Brighton, Vermont, United States.

Island Pond may also refer to:

Island Pond (Cedarville, Massachusetts)

Island Pond (Plymouth, Massachusetts), in South Pond

Island Pond, also known as Great Island Pond, in The Pinehills, Plymouth, Massachusetts

Island Pond (Rockingham County, New Hampshire)

Island Pond (Stoddard, New Hampshire)

Island Pond (New York)


Assacumbuit, (c.1660–1727; many variant spellings, including Escumbuit, Nescambiouit and Nescambious), was a Native American leader of the Maliseet tribe of the Abenaki who was knighted by Louis XIV of France in 1706.

During King William's War, he was first associated with the French in the siege of Fort St. John led by Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville in 1696-1697 during the Avalon Peninsula Campaign. Even after the war was officially ended, Abenaki raids on the English colonists continued. On March 4, 1698 Maliseet Abenaki Chief Escumbuit led a group of 30 Indians in a raid on Andover, Massachusetts, the last and most severe Indian raid on this town.

During Queen Anne's War, he participated in the Northeast Coast Campaign. In early 1705 he was again in Newfoundland, where he participated in the Siege of St. John's and other French and Indian raids against English holdings. Later that year he was invited to France as part of France's bid for an alliance with his tribe. He returned to America in 1706. He fought in the 1708 Raid on Haverhill.

His reputation among the French and the English of New England was notorious—the latter called him a "bloody devil", and accused him of killing many women and children.



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