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Lake Winnipesaukee (land around the lakes)
 

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Lake Winnipesaukee (land around the lakes)

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Lake Winnipesaukee is a Penacook indian name that means "land around the lakes" or "good land around lake at mountains".

Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest lake in the state of New Hampshire. It is 21 miles long with a distance of 182 miles around the entire lake. Lake Winnipesaukee sits about 504 feet above sea level and has an approximate shoreline of about 288 miles. The lake also contains 253 islands, which half are about a quarter-acre in size. It's primary outflow is the Winnipesaukee River and its primary inflows are the Gunstock River, Merrymeeting River, Melvin River, and Red Hill River. It's outflow is regulated by the Lakeport Dam in Lakeport, New Hampshire.

Lake Winnipesaukee is also debated to mean "smile of the Great Spirit" or "beautiful water in a high place". At the outlet of the Winnipesaukee River, the Winnipesaukee Indians, who are a subtribe of the Penacook tribe, lived and fished at a village named Acquodocton. Today, the site is called The Weirs named after the weir colonist discovered when they first explored this region. A weir is a small overflow dam used to alter the flow characteristics of a river or stream. There is also a fishing weir which was an obstruction, usually, across a part of a river to catch fish, such as salmon, or redirect the the path of fish elsewhere. Fishing weirs were used by native North Americans and early settlers to catch fish for trade and to feed their communities.

Today, Lake Winnipesaukee serves as a tourist site, a vacation get-away spot, and also serves as a place for many residents to reside to.

 

Google Maps: http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&qscrl=1&nord=1&rlz=1T4SKPB_enUS393US395&q=lake+winnipesake&gs_sm=&gs_upl=&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&ion=1&biw=1280&bih=558&wrapid=tlif132018985397310&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wl

Works Cited:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Winnipesaukee

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennacook

http://www.winnipesaukee.com/

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fishing_weir

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weir

 

 

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