Lake Waukewan
Lake Waukewan - September 2020.jpg
Location of Lake Waukewan in New Hampshire, USA.
Location of Lake Waukewan in New Hampshire, USA.
Lake Waukewan
Location of Lake Waukewan in New Hampshire, USA.
Location of Lake Waukewan in New Hampshire, USA.
Lake Waukewan
LocationBelknap County, New Hampshire
Coordinates43°39′31″N 71°31′25″W / 43.65861°N 71.52361°W / 43.65861; -71.52361Coordinates: 43°39′31″N 71°31′25″W / 43.65861°N 71.52361°W / 43.65861; -71.52361
Primary inflowsWinona Lake
Primary outflowsLake Winnipesaukee
Basin countriesUnited States
Max. length2.6 mi (4.2 km)
Max. width1.0 mi (1.6 km)
Surface area928 acres (3.76 km2)
Surface elevation540 ft (160 m)
IslandsChapman Island
SettlementsMeredith; Center Harbor; New Hampton
Lake Waukewan in May
Lake Waukewan in May

Lake Waukewan is a 928-acre (3.76 km2)[1] water body located in Belknap County in the Lakes Region of central New Hampshire, United States, in the towns of Meredith and New Hampton. The town of Center Harbor occupies part of the lake's northern shoreline.

The lake is classified as a cold- and warmwater fishery, with observed species including rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, chain pickerel, horned pout, and white perch.[2] It supplies drinking water for the town of Meredith from an inlet near the south end of the lake.[3]

The water level is controlled by the Dam Bureau of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. As of 2013, it is maintained at 540.0 feet (164.6 m) above sea level in the summer, and 538.5 feet (164.1 m) the rest of the year.[4]

Water from Lake Waukewan flows into Lake Winnipesaukee, with a 40-foot (12 m) drop in elevation. The water rights to the natural Measly Pond Brook (a.k.a. Corliss Brook) was purchased by John Jenness in 1795, and used to power a gristmill and sawmill in Meredith Village, though it was not the best local waterpower source.[5][6] John Bond Swasey redirected the flow into a 600-foot canal and consolidated waterfall (construction 1816-1818) which greatly improved the amount of waterpower available, allowing further industrialization of the village. (See Meredith, New Hampshire § History.)[6]

See also

References

  1. ^ New Hampshire GRANIT database Archived 2013-08-03 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Lake Waukewan, Meredith, New Hampton" (PDF). NH Fish & Game. Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  3. ^ Drawdown of Lake Waukewan scheduled/ DES favors lower water levels
  4. ^ Lake Level Targets
  5. ^ Discover the Rich History of Mill Falls
  6. ^ a b "COMMUNITY PARK/WAUKEWAN CANAL - MEREDITH, NH". Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society. Retrieved August 28, 2022.