Massabesic Lake

Massabesic Lake is a lake in southern New Hampshire, United States, covering about 2,560 acres (1,040 ha)[1] (equivalent to about 4 sq mi or 10 km2) within the city of Manchester and the town of Auburn. Because it provides drinking water for Manchester, swimming and water skiing are not allowed there.[2] Popular sports on the lake are sailing, fishing, and kayaking. The recreational trails along the lake provide beautiful views of the lake and the town of Auburn.

Besides flowing into the Manchester water system, the lake's water feeds Cohas Brook, leading to the Merrimack River. Massabesic is a Native American name meaning "place of much water" or "near the great brook."

The lake is classified as a cold- and warmwater fishery.[1]

Massabesic Lake
Massabesic Lake-Postcard-1920
Massabesic Lake's easternmost point, about 1920
LocationRockingham County and Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Coordinates42°59′50″N 71°22′25″W / 42.99722°N 71.37361°WCoordinates: 42°59′50″N 71°22′25″W / 42.99722°N 71.37361°W
Primary inflowsSucker Brook
Primary outflowstributary of Cohas Brook
Basin countriesUnited States
Max. length5.6 miles (9.0 km)
Max. width1.3 miles (2.1 km)
Surface area2,560 acres (10.4 km2)
Average depth17 ft (5.2 m)
Max. depth50 ft (15 m)
Surface elevation251 feet (77 m)
IslandsBrowns Island; Fletcher Island; Birch Island; Grape Islands; Loon Island; Picnic Island; numerous small islands
SettlementsManchester; Auburn


Native American legends claim that the famous New Hampshire chief Passaconaway died on Lake Massabesic. A settler reported that the elder chief was headed towards Loon Island on the east side of the lake, which was "a place of fond memories of the aged chief's young past." When he was in the north part of the lake, a thunderstorm was being formed, which "was a sign of the presence of the Great Spirit." Then, a lightning bolt hit the canoe in which Passaconaway was riding in, and he and the canoe were disintegrated instantly.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Massabesic Lake, Auburn, Manchester" (PDF). NH Fish & Game. Retrieved September 3, 2014.
  2. ^ Posted Rules for Lake Massabesic

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Auburn, New Hampshire

Auburn is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 4,953 at the 2010 census, with an estimated population of 5,449 in 2017.

Cohas Brook

Cohas Brook is a 16.5-mile-long (26.6 km) river located in southern New Hampshire in the United States. It is a tributary of the Merrimack River, part of the Gulf of Maine watershed.

Cohas Brook rises in Auburn, New Hampshire, north of Calef Pond. The brook follows a winding course westward to the Merrimack River in Manchester. In Manchester it picks up the outlet of Massabesic Lake, the water supply for the city. This lower portion was formerly known as Coos River.Much of the brook's course is quite close to intense suburban development, including Interstate routes 93 and 293, the South Willow Street commercial corridor, and the Manchester Airport.

List of place names of Native American origin in New England

The region of New England in the United States has numerous place names derived from the indigenous peoples of the area. New England is in the Northeastern United States, and comprises six states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Listed are well-known names of towns, significant bodies of water, and mountains. This list can virtually never be sufficiently completed as there are hundreds of thousands of place names in New England.

Little Massabesic Brook-Sucker Brook

Little Massabesic Brook and Sucker Brook form a 1.9-mile-long (3.1 km) stream located in southern New Hampshire in the United States. They are tributaries of Massabesic Lake, part of the Merrimack River and Gulf of Maine watersheds. Despite the streams' short length, they are subject to the New Hampshire Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act, because of their fourth order stream status (indicating a high number of upstream tributary sets).Little Massabesic Brook is formed by the confluence of Hook Brook and Preston Brook in Auburn, New Hampshire. The brook flows west, is interrupted by Little Massabesic Lake, then continues west to Clark Pond Brook. At this juncture, the stream changes name to Sucker Brook and flows south, past the village proper of Auburn, and enters Massabesic Lake.

Manchester, New Hampshire

Manchester is a city in the southern part of the U.S. state of New Hampshire. It is the most populous city in northern New England, an area comprising the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. As of the 2010 census the city had a population of 109,565, and in 2018 the population was estimated to be 112,525. The combined Manchester-Nashua Metropolitan Area had a 2010 population of 400,721.Manchester is, along with Nashua, one of two seats of Hillsborough County, the state's most populous. Manchester lies near the northern end of the Northeast megalopolis and straddles the banks of the Merrimack River. It was first named by the merchant and inventor Samuel Blodgett, namesake of Samuel Blodget Park and Blodget Street in the city's North End. His vision was to create a great industrial center similar to that of the original Manchester in England, which was the world's first industrialized city.Manchester often appears favorably in lists ranking the affordability and livability of U.S. cities, placing particularly high in small business climate, affordability, upward mobility, and education level.

Mine Hill (New Hampshire)

Mine Hill is a hill in Rockingham County, New Hampshire. Its summit has an elevation greater than 580 feet (177 m) above sea level, making it one of the two highest points in the town of Auburn. (The other is Mount Miner, which has an elevation of 582 feet (177 m).)


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