Paugus Bay is a 1,227-acre (4.97 km2) water body located in Belknap County in the Lakes Region of central New Hampshire, United States, in the city of Laconia. A short channel at its north end connects it with Lake Winnipesaukee in the village of Weirs Beach, and a dam on its southern end separates it from Opechee Bay in the village of Lakeport. The bay is named after Chief Paugus, who fought in the Battle of Pequawket during Dummer's War. The 19th-century construction of the dam in Lakeport raised the elevation of Paugus Bay to that of Lake Winnipesaukee. Water flowing out of Paugus Bay travels down the Winnipesaukee River to the Merrimack River.
The bay is classified as a cold- and warmwater fishery, with observed species including brook trout, rainbow trout, lake trout, land-locked salmon, lake whitefish, smallmouth and largemouth bass, chain pickerel, white perch, black crappie, bluegill, and horned pout.
|Location||Belknap County, New Hampshire|
|Primary inflows||Lake Winnipesaukee|
|Primary outflows||Winnipesaukee River|
|Basin countries||United States|
|Max. length||4.5 mi (7.2 km)|
|Max. width||0.8 mi (1.3 km)|
|Surface area||1,227 acres (4.97 km2)|
|Average depth||23 ft (7.0 m)|
|Max. depth||80 ft (24 m)|
|Surface elevation||504 ft (154 m)|
|Islands||Plummer Island; Big Island; Little Island|
|Settlements||Laconia: Weirs Beach, Lakeport|
Alton Bay State Forest is a 210-acre (85 ha) protected area in Alton, New Hampshire. It was acquired in 1915. It is bordered to the east by the village of Alton Bay at the south end of Lake Winnipesaukee.Ames State Forest
Ames State Forest is in Henniker, New Hampshire. It covers 13 acres (5.3 ha). It was established after Flora Ames, a resident of Henniker, donated about 15 acres to the state for reforestation. Keyser Pond Campground on Keyser Pond and Craney Hill State Forest are nearby.Cardigan Mountain State Park
Cardigan Mountain State Park is a 5,655-acre (2,288 ha) state park in Orange, New Hampshire. The park is free to use, open year-round, and offers a hiking trail up to the 3,121-foot treeless granite summit of Mount Cardigan. There are picnic facilities.Chief Paugus
Paugus was chief of the Pequawket tribe which lived along the Saco River in present-day Conway, New Hampshire, and Fryeburg, Maine. He was killed at the Battle of Pequawket in 1725 during Father Rale's War.
Paugus translates into English as "The Oak". Paugus Bay was named for him.Conway Common Lands State Forest
Conway Common Lands State Forest is a 568-acre (230 ha) state forest in Conway, New Hampshire, in the United States. It was organized a few years after the establishment of the New Hamsphire Forestry Commission. Purchase of the lands and protection involved negotiation with a granite company based in Maine.Craney Hill State Forest
Craney Hill State Forest is in Henniker, New Hampshire. It comprises 21 acres (8.5 ha) along the south side of Old Concord Road and is also bordered by gravel pits on two sides and private land.Devils Slide State Forest
Devils Slide State Forest is a 290-acre (120 ha) state forest in Stark, New Hampshire. It is part of a contiguous area of more than 2,000 acres (810 ha) of protected lands that includes the Kauffmann Forest and Percy State Forest.Ellacoya State Park
Ellacoya State Park is a 65-acre (0.26 km2) state park in Gilford, New Hampshire. Located on the southwest shore of Lake Winnipesaukee, the park has 600 feet (180 m) of beachfront. There is a pavilion, an accessible bathhouse with showers and a changing area for swimmers.Hannah Duston Memorial State Historic Site
Hannah Duston Memorial State Historic Site is a 35-foot (11 m) statue in Boscawen, New Hampshire, located on a small island at the confluence of the Contoocook and Merrimack rivers. Erected in 1874 and the first publicly funded statue in New Hampshire, the memorial commemorates Hannah Duston, who was captured in 1697 in Haverhill, Massachusetts, during King William's War, then killed her captors while they were camped at the site in Boscawen.Kauffmann Forest
Kauffmann Forest is a protected area around Christine Lake in Coos County, New Hampshire. It is owned by the Percy Summer Club and is protected by a conservation easement held by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.Laconia, New Hampshire
Laconia is a city in Belknap County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 15,951 at the 2010 census, and an estimated 16,464 as of 2017. It is the county seat of Belknap County. Laconia, situated between Lake Winnipesaukee and Winnisquam Lake, includes the villages of Lakeport and Weirs Beach. Each June for nine days beginning on the Saturday of the weekend before Father's Day and ending on Father's Day, the city hosts Laconia Motorcycle Week, also more simply known as 'bike week', one of the country's largest rallies, and each winter, the Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Derby. The city is also the site of the state's annual Pumpkin Festival since 2015, having organized it after its former home of Keene rejected it due to riots in their neighborhoods in 2014. The city also includes one of the colleges of the Community College System of New Hampshire.Lake Winnipesaukee
Lake Winnipesaukee () is the largest lake in the U.S. state of New Hampshire, located in the Lakes Region. It is approximately 21 miles (34 km) long (northwest-southeast) and from 1 to 9 miles (1.6 to 14.5 km) wide (northeast-southwest), covering 69 square miles (179 km2)—71 square miles (184 km2) when Paugus Bay is included—with a maximum depth of 180 feet (55 m). The center area of the lake is called The Broads.The lake contains at least 258 islands, half of which are less than a quarter-acre in size, and is indented by several peninsulas, yielding a total shoreline of approximately 288 miles (463 km). The driving distance around the lake is 63 miles (101 km). It is 504 feet (154 m) above sea level. Winnipesaukee is the third-largest lake in New England after Lake Champlain and Moosehead Lake.
Outflow is regulated by the Lakeport Dam in Lakeport, New Hampshire, on the Winnipesaukee River.Lakeport, New Hampshire
Lakeport is a neighborhood in the city of Laconia in Belknap County, New Hampshire, in the United States. It was once known as "Lake Village" and is centered on a power dam on the short river channel between Paugus Bay (an arm of Lake Winnipesaukee) to the north, and Opechee Bay to the south. Lakeport lies approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of downtown Laconia.
During the summer months the Lakeport train station is the southern destination of the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad. Trains are boarded at Weirs Beach or Meredith to the north.Once a busy center for entertainment, the business area of Lakeport now consists of a couple of convenience stores, several restaurants, a large hotel on Lake Opechee, a small post office, and other small businesses. Over the past few years projects to revitalize the area have included redesign of the main intersection, replacement of the Lakeport Bridge, new plantings and foot bridges for pedestrians. Such projects have encouraged new business growth and investment to include lodging, dining, and various other services.There are two free public parks that have been rebuilt over the last couple of years and have new playground equipment. There are also several boat launches and marinas on the Paugus Bay side of Lakeport.List of New Hampshire state forests
This is a list of New Hampshire state forests. State forests in the U.S. state of New Hampshire are overseen by the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands.
The former Gay State Forest was transferred to the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests in 2009.Opechee Bay
Opechee Bay is a 449-acre (1.82 km2) lake located in Belknap County in the Lakes Region of central New Hampshire, United States, in the city of Laconia. It is located directly downstream from Paugus Bay and Lake Winnipesaukee, and it connects by a one-mile segment of the Winnipesaukee River through the center of Laconia to Winnisquam Lake.
The lake is classified as a cold- and warmwater fishery, with observed species including brook trout, rainbow trout, land-locked salmon, lake trout, lake whitefish, smallmouth and largemouth bass, chain pickerel, horned pout, white perch, black crappie, and bluegill.Sculptured Rocks Natural Area
The Sculptured Rocks Natural area is a 272-acre (110 ha) natural area in Groton, New Hampshire. Its main feature is its namesake, the Sculptured Rocks, which are a series of narrow, sharply carved rock formations that are a popular local swimming hole. They are located on the Cockermouth River, which is the longest tributary of Newfound Lake. The Sculptured Rocks Road, which runs along this same river, shares its namesake with the park.Wellington State Park
Wellington State Park is a 204-acre (83 ha) state park in Bristol, New Hampshire on Newfound Lake. It features the largest freshwater swimming beach in the New Hampshire State Park system.
Activities include swimming, fishing, non-motorized boating, hiking and picnicking. The park maintains volleyball and horseshoe courts. There is a seasonal snack bar. Gas grills are allowed along with wood and/or charcoal fires for cooking.Winnisquam Lake
Winnisquam Lake is in Belknap County in the Lakes Region of central New Hampshire, United States, in the communities of Meredith, Laconia, Sanbornton, Belmont, and Tilton. At 4,214 acres (1,705 ha), it is the fourth-largest lake entirely in New Hampshire. The lake is roughly triangular in shape, with the vertexes pointing north, east, and south. The lake lies along the path of the Winnipesaukee River, which enters the lake from its eastern corner and carries water from Lake Winnipesaukee via Paugus Bay and Opechee Bay. The river also flows south out of Winnisquam's southern corner, eventually joining the Merrimack River. The lake extends several miles north from the course of the Winnipesaukee River, which forms the lake's southeastern side, with the northern point being formed by the confluence of several smaller creeks near the village of Meredith Center. The lake has a maximum depth of 170 feet (52 m).The lake is only a few miles from Interstate 93 via Exit 20 for U.S. Route 3 and New Hampshire Route 11. Winnisquam has two basins, a larger northern basin and a smaller southern one, with a bridge carrying Routes 3 and 11 separating them. The village of Winnisquam is at the bridge.
The Abenaki people occupied the Winnisquam and Winnipesaukee area until colonists arrived in the mid-18th century. Winnisquam's surrounding county, Belknap, was founded in 1840 and named after Jeremy Belknap, a Congregational clergyman and prominent historian.Winnisquam Lake is home to many species of fish. Cold water species include rainbow trout, lake trout, landlocked salmon, and whitefish. The warm water species include small- and largemouth bass, pickerel, horned pout, white perch, northern pike, walleye, black crappie, bluegill, and yellow perch. Remote lake and brook trout stocking is common when authorities find it necessary.