NH Posted in New Hampshire July 22, 2016 by Kelly A. Burch This Little Known Lake In New Hampshire Will Be Your New Favorite Summer Destination New Hampshire is know for its beautiful lakes, but we bet we can find one you’ve never heard of: Lake Umbagog. This little known lake in New Hampshire is worth exploring, and here’s why: Catherine Bligh/flickr Were we right? If you haven't heard of it, don't worry: Lake Umbagog is about to become one of your favorite summer destinations. Steve Alderich/flickr There are a few reasons you probably haven't heard of Lake Umbagog. First, it's tucked away in a remote corner of New Hampshire and Maine, about 3.5 hours north of Concord. Plus, Lake Umbagog State Park is one of the youngest state parks, operating only since 1998. Christine and John Fornier/flickr The lake's name comes from an Abenaki word for shallow water. That's because the massive lake only has an average depth of about 12 feet. Christine and John Fornier/flickr In Indian days this area consisted of three lakes connected by swamps and wetlands. However, the construction of the Errol dam in 1853 flooded the area and produced the lake as it is today. Christine and John Fornier/flickr The unique history is what makes Lake Umbagog so special for canoeing and kayaking. Christine and John Fornier/flickr Like many wetlands, Lake Umbagog is an oasis for wildlife, including this Osprey. Moose and bald eagles are also commonly sighted. Stew Striker/flickr The lake is also deep and clean enough for a refreshing dip. Kathleen Tyler Conklin/flickr Umbagog Lake State Park in Cambridge maintains a swimming hole and and boat rentals. US Fish and Wildlife Services/flickr If you're hoping to stay longer, the state park has a campground with 27 spaces, and an additional 33 remote sites scattered around the lake and accessible only by boat. Christine and John Fornier/flickr Don't worry - the park will help you get to those sites. However, if you are a more experienced paddler you'll love the stronger waters of the Androscoggin River. snowshoedaddy/flickr Whether you go to enjoy fishing, swimming, paddling, wildlife spotting, or just relaxing in one of New Hampshire's most remote State Parks, you'll love a visit to Lake Umbagog. Jesdad/flickr Looking for more adventure? Check out New Hampshire’s Grand Canyon!