Surface area: 71 sq. miles
Max. Depth: 212 feet
288 miles of shoreline
Contains over 258 natural islands
The Winnipesaukee scenic railroad train travels from Meredith NH along Meredith Bay clinging to a shelf dug out over 100 years ago for the fast Montreal trains that passed through here.
Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest lake in the U.S. state of New Hampshire, located in the Lakes
Winnipesaukee is the third-largest lake in New England after Lake Champlain and Moosehead Lake.
Lake Winnipesaukee has been a popular tourist destination for more than a century, particularly among residents seeking a safe haven from the summer heat of Boston and New York City.
The Native American name Winnipesaukee means either "smile of the Great Spirit" or "beautiful water in a high place."
Winnipesaukee is a glacial lake but an unusual one, since the last glaciation actually reversed the flow of its waters.
Draining the central portion of New Hampshire, it once flowed southeast, leaving via what is now Alton Bay toward the Atlantic Ocean.
When glacial debris blocked this path, flow was redirected westward through Paugus Bay into the Winnipesaukee River.
The latter flows west from the lake and joins the Pemigewasset River in Franklin to form the Merrimack River, which flows south to Massachusetts and into the Atlantic.
Lake Winnipesaukee was also where the eponymous Lake Winnipesaukee mystery stone was found.