Whether traveling by car, plane, train, or whatever your mode of transportation, use your journey to brush up on interesting facts about Lake Winnipesaukee and this region of New Hampshire before you arrive. Since 1935, the Makris Family has been helping guests discover the beauty of Laconia and Lake Winnipesaukee by inviting them to stay at The NASWA Resort. From couples enjoying a romantic escape to families making memories together, this Lakes Region resort is perfect for anyone looking to enjoy a break from everyday life.

5 Things You Didn’t Know about Lake Winnipesaukee

Everyone knows Lake Winnipesaukee is home to incredible water sports like dragon boat racing and cruising on boat rentals. Appreciate this New Hampshire lake even more by expanding your trivia knowledge when it comes to this body of water.

1.   How Did the Lake Get Its Name?

According to legend, this body of water got its name because of the love of two Native Americans. The story goes that a chief had a daughter with many suitors, but she refused them all. One day she fell in love with a chief from an enemy tribe, and her father reluctantly agreed to the union. When the tribe got into their canoes and traveled to the middle of the lake, the sun came out and bathed the newlywed’s canoe in light. The tribe’s chief proclaimed this a good omen and named the lake Winnipesaukee, which means “the Smile of the Great Spirit.”

2.   How Big Is Lake Winnipesaukee?

The lake has a surface area of around 72 square miles, which translates to adjust over 44,500 acres. It’s roughly 21 miles long and 12 miles wide in some spots. The deepest part of the lake measures a maximum depth of 212 feet.

3.   What Towns Border the Lake?

Throughout the miles of shoreline, there are eight cities and towns that border the lake. These include:

  • Alton
  • Center Harbor
  • Gilford
  • Laconia
  • Meredith
  • Moultonborough
  • Tuftonboro
  • Wolfeboro


4.   How Many Islands Are on the Lake?

There are an estimated 365 islands throughout the lake, and 274 are habitable. The smallest of these islands is Becky’s Island, while Long Island and Bear Island are the largest. There are even three islands with the same name.

5.   What Species of Fish Are in the Lake?

Thanks to its size, there is no shortage of incredible fishing spots on the lake. Popular species to cast your line for include largemouth and smallmouth bass, three different kinds of trout, white and yellow perch, landlocked salmon, and redbreast sunfish.

Get Out and Explore the Lake Winnipesaukee Region

While you can learn interesting facts about New Hampshire from a book or the internet, there’s nothing better than discovering this information firsthand. Found on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, The NASWA Resort puts you close to all that makes the Lakes Region so unique.

This New Hampshire resort features a range of accommodation options that make the perfect home base for any getaway. Visit us online today to learn more about our various lodging types and on-site amenities. When you’re ready to reserve a stay, booking your visit is as easy as clicking a button.

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