Lake Sunapee

Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire’s fifth-largest lake, is located in Sullivan and Merrimack Counties in the western half of the state.  Lake Sunapee is named for the Algonquian Indian words Suna and Apee, meaning Goose and Lake, though perhaps it should have been named for the many loons that fish the lake.  The lake shares its name with the New Hampshire town of Sunapee, which borders the lake, as well as nearby Mount Sunapee, which majestically overlooks the glistening lake below.

The lake, like most others in the area, was formed by retreating glaciers thousands of years ago.  Large rocks called glacial erratics were deposited all over New Hampshire and can be found everywhere in the state.  A rather large one was left on a Lake Sunapee island called Minute Island and can be easily seen from the John Hay Wildlife Refuge.

Lake Sunapee is about 2.5 miles wide at its widest point and a little over eight miles long.  The deepest point in the lake is approximately 140 feet, it contains eight islands and boasts three lighthouses that can be found on the National Register of Historic Places.  The lake is over 1000 feet above sea level and the driving distance around it is about 25 miles, though the shoreline, with all its peninsulas and lake fingers, totals over 70 miles.  The lake is fed primarily through rainfall on the watershed and drains out of Sunapee Harbor and into the Sugar River which connects up with the Connecticut River on its way to the Atlantic Ocean. 

Lake Sunapee is surrounded by three towns – Sunapee, Newbury and New London, NH.  There are six boat launch access points around the lake and seven sandy beaches giving visitors and residents easy access to this large watery playground.  Activities abound on the lake, including boating of all kinds, swimming, jet-skiing, water-skiing, and fishing.  The lake is a favorite of local fishermen (and women) with dozens of different species swimming the clear waters of Sunapee.  Some of these can include Lake Trout, Landlocked Salmon, Small Mouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Yellow Perch, Brown Bullhead Catfish, Red Eye Bass (accidentally introduced), Ling Cod and Rainbow Smelt.  The lake is continuously stocked so the fish populations will not dwindle from overfishing.

This region of New Hampshire is one of the most beautiful and peaceful areas in the state.  The views are stunning, the people are friendly and there are homes available in all the towns surrounding this incredible lake.  Come to Lake Sunapee on your next vacation and you’ll soon be considering a move to the Granite State.  And when you do, your first step should be to call Jim Miller Bean Group at (603) 801-3987.  Jim knows the homes that are for sale here in New Hampshire and he wants to find the one that’s perfect for you.  Jim is here to help you into the home of your dreams by becoming your buyer agent and representing you to the best of his abilities.  When you’re ready to make a move to New Hampshire, call Jim Miller first – it’s the only way to get exactly what you’re looking for.

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