Suncook Lakes

The Suncook Lakes are a pair of lakes located in Belknap County in central New Hampshire, United States, in the town of Barnstead. Upper Suncook Lake encompasses 402 acres (1.63 km2), while Lower Suncook Lake covers 295 acres (1.19 km2). The lakes are connected by a 1,000-foot-long (300 m) channel, spanned by a road bridge. A dam at the outlet of Lower Suncook Lake controls the water level of both lakes. The lakes are located along the Suncook River, a tributary of the Merrimack River. There are three islands on Lower Lake.

Lower Suncook Lake has an average depth of 9 feet (2.7 m) and a maximum depth of 16 feet (4.9 m),[1] while Upper Suncook Lake has a greater average depth and a maximum depth greater than 40 feet (12 m).[2] The lakes are classified as a warmwater fishery, with observed species including smallmouth and largemouth bass, chain pickerel, horned pout, and white perch.[1] Rainbow trout can be found in the deeper Upper Suncook Lake.[2]

Suncook Lakes
Upper Suncook Lake May 2017
Upper Suncook Lake from Narrows Road, May 2017
LocationBelknap County, New Hampshire
Coordinates43°22′54″N 71°16′31″W / 43.38167°N 71.27528°WCoordinates: 43°22′54″N 71°16′31″W / 43.38167°N 71.27528°W
Primary inflowsSuncook River
Primary outflowsSuncook River
Basin countriesUnited States
Max. length3.2 mi (5.1 km)
Max. width0.7 mi (1.1 km)
Surface area697 acres (2.82 km2)
Surface elevation551 ft (168 m)

See also


  1. ^ a b "Lower Suncook Pond, Barnstead" (PDF). NH Fish & Game. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Upper Suncook Pond, Barnstead" (PDF). NH Fish & Game. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
Barnstead, New Hampshire

Barnstead is a town in Belknap County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 4,593 at the 2010 census. Home to the Suncook Lakes, Barnstead includes the villages of Center Barnstead, Barnstead Parade (identified as "Barnstead" on topographic maps) and South Barnstead.

Crystal Lake (Gilmanton, New Hampshire)

Crystal Lake is a 455-acre (1.8 km2) water body located in Belknap County in the Lakes Region of central New Hampshire, United States, in the town of Gilmanton. Crystal Lake is at the head of the Suncook River watershed. Water flows into Crystal Lake from the Belknap Range through Manning and Sunset lakes to the north. Water from Manning Lake enters Crystal Lake via Nelson Brook. Other waterways flowing into Crystal Lake include Wasson Brook and Mill Brook. Water flows out of a dam from the southern end of Crystal Lake via the Suncook Lakes and Suncook River to the Merrimack River. Shoreline development along Crystal Lake consists primarily of summer cottages, with a few year-round residents. Belknap Mountain and Mount Major can be seen from the shoreline.


The name Suncook may refer to a location in the United States:

The Suncook River in New Hampshire

The Suncook Lakes, at the head of the river

Suncook, New Hampshire, a village on the Suncook River

The USS Suncook (1865), a United States naval vessel

Suncook River

The Suncook River is a 35.7-mile-long (57.5 km) river located in central New Hampshire in the United States. It is a tributary of the Merrimack River, which flows to the Gulf of Maine.


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