Island Pond
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Island Pond
Location of Island Pond in New Hampshire, USA.
Location of Island Pond in New Hampshire, USA.
Location of Island Pond in New Hampshire, USA.
Location of Island Pond in New Hampshire, USA.
LocationRockingham County, New Hampshire
Coordinates42°52′3″N 71°12′48″W / 42.86750°N 71.21333°W / 42.86750; -71.21333Coordinates: 42°52′3″N 71°12′48″W / 42.86750°N 71.21333°W / 42.86750; -71.21333
Primary inflowsTaylor Brook; Drew Brook; Wash Pond Brook
Primary outflowsSpicket River
Basin countriesUnited States
Max. length2.5 mi (4.0 km)
Max. width0.6 mi (0.97 km)
Surface area532 acres (2.15 km2)
Average depth34 feet (10 m)
Max. depth70 feet (21 m)
Surface elevation205 feet (62.5 m)
IslandsGovernors Island; Escumbuit Island; Loon Island; Chase Island; Sheep Island; Pine Island; George's Island; Muskrat Island
SettlementsDerry; Hampstead, Atkinson

Island Pond[1] (sometimes referred to locally as Big Island Pond) is a 532-acre (215 ha)[2] water body located in Rockingham County in southern New Hampshire, in the towns of Derry, Hampstead and Atkinson. The pond is at the head of the Spicket River watershed, which feeds into the Merrimack River in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The pond was formed from the merger of Perch Pond in Hampstead and Lake Wentworth in Derry in 1878, when a new dam raised the water level by 8.5 feet (2.6 m).[3]

The pond is named for Governor's Island, a 231-acre (90 ha) island that lies within it. The island in turn is named for Benning Wentworth, colonial governor of New Hampshire, who built a summer residence on the north end of the island called Birch Farm. A smaller island is named after the Native American chief Escumbuit.[4]

The lake is classified as a cold and warmwater fishery and contains largemouth and smallmouth bass, brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, chain pickerel, horned pout, white perch, black crappie, and bluegill.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "Island Pond". Geographic Names Information System. U.S. Geological Survey. December 31, 1981. Retrieved March 30, 2012.
  2. ^ "New Hampshire GRANIT state geographic information system". Archived from the original on August 3, 2013. Retrieved March 30, 2012.
  3. ^ French, Laura (May 2016). Forest Management Plan for Governor's Island. New London, NH: The Ecosystem Management Company. p. 6.
  4. ^ Kayworth, Alfred E. (2000). Legends of the Pond. Wellesley, MA: Branden Books. ISBN 0-8283-2053-5.
  5. ^ "Island Pond, Derry, Atkinson, Hampstead" (PDF). NH Fish & Game. Retrieved July 21, 2015.