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Webster Lake, a 606-acre lake set in central New Hampshire, tucks itself away from the hubbub of life's daily stresses in a shoreline that is surrounded by a dense thicket of trees. Visitors come throughout the seasons for all sorts of enjoyment -- summertime brings fishing tournaments and sunbathing, while winter pulls in fishing derbies and snowshoeing on local trails. Webster Lake is full of year round enjoyment.
Webster Lake received its name from statesman Daniel Webster who spent many summers along the lake's shimmering shoreline. The body of water is set in the Lakes Tourism Region of New Hampshire, home of the state's largest body of water, Lake Winnipesaukee, which spreads out across 44,500 acres. Webster Lake has two public beaches on opposite sides of the shoreline, along with various public boating access launches.
Located in Merrimack County, Webster Lake sits at a 400-foot elevation with an average depth of 18 feet and a maximum depth of 39 feet. The lake receives its inflow of water from Sucker Brook along with a number of small tributaries and springs surrounding the lake. Lake outflow is into Chance Brook Pond which flows into the Pemigewasset and Winnipesaukee Rivers, eventually emptying into the Merrimack River. The Chance Brook Dam, built in 1948 and owned by the New Hampshire Water Division, regulates the lake's water levels.
It's easy to stay busy in or out of Webster Lake's waters, especially when you have quick access from one of the lakeside vacation rentals surrounding the shoreline. Try your hand at kayaking or canoeing by slipping along the wooded shoreline while keeping your eye out for local birds and the occasional loon nest atop the waters. For an adrenaline rush during the heat of summer, buckle up your life vest and skim across the waters atop a tube, waterskis or a wakeboard and get your fill of wind and water misting your face.
Webster Lake is an extremely popular spot for local and visiting anglers. Enroll in a summertime fishing tournament and try your best to snag a prize-worthy fish. Various species swim just below the surface, from smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, white perch and yellow perch to rainbow trout, brown trout, hornpout and pickerel. Salmon fishing is popular on the Pemigewasset River.
The City of Franklin, named in honor of Benjamin Franklin and located just a few miles south of Webster Lake, is where residents and visitors mingle at day's end. Duck into a restaurant to sample local cuisine in the city's downtown district, or simply stroll the evening away as the sun sets below the area's wooded mountains. During the daytime, check out the area's Sulphite Bridge, a unique and one-of-a-kind upside down covered bridge. Located just outside of town, the bridge was built in 1896 and while no longer serviceable, its structure is unique with a railway running along the top and the wooden deck structure built below it.
Whether you're looking to relax in one of the vacation rentals along Webster Lake's shoreline or you're seeking out one of the many real estate opportunities in the area to call home, keep this New Hampshire lake in mind. These crystal clear waters are begging to be enjoyed any time of the year.
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