Nature July 17, 2018
The Clearest Lake In New Hampshire Is Almost Too Beautiful To Be Real
Sometimes, lakes get a bad reputation – and to be frank, we can see why. With concerns about algal blooms, strange mud around the shore, and murky water, their water can be a bit less than appealing. But, if your stereotypes keep you from enjoying all that New Hampshire lakes have to offer, you’ll miss out on one of the cleanest and most gorgeous lakes in all of New Hampshire. This Lakes Region gem is a true treasure, with the clearest, most inviting water you’ve ever seen.
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Newfound Lake in Grafton County is 2.5 miles wide and 6 miles long, placing it in the size rankings of New Hampshire lakes only behind Winnipesaukee and Squam – yet somehow, this lake doesn't get as much love as it deserves.
At its deepest point, Newfound Lake reaches down 183 feet, meaning there's plenty of water volume moving through this lake! It's surrounded by 100 square miles of undeveloped land, meaning that it's not subject to much in the way of pollutants. Thanks to those factors and the efforts locals have made to keep the lake free of contaminants, this is the cleanest lake in New Hampshire (and possibly the United States).
The lake is home to 22 species of fish and plenty of shoreline (including islands!) to explore. Whether you choose to hike around it or explore the water by boat, you'll always find something new just around the next bend.
The pristine environment surrounding Newfound Lake makes it one of the most gorgeous spots in the state for watching brilliant sunsets and admiring the stars.
Craving a swim? Wellington State Park, right on the lake in Bristol, has the longest freshwater beach in all of the New Hampshire state parks, and the soft sand, picnic tables, and room to spread out makes it one of the best places in the Granite State to spend the day.
Whether you prefer to swim or take a canoe out for a paddle, you'll enjoy plenty of space to savor this gorgeous lake.
Take one look at this water and you won't be able to resist jumping in – it's stunningly clear, clean, and inviting.
If you’d like to visit Newfound Lake, Wellington State Park is a great place to start! You can find it at
614 W Shore Rd, Bristol, NH 03222, and learn more here.
Looking for more Lakes Region fun? Take this
short hike for great views of Lake Winnipesaukee. Address: 614 W Shore Rd, Bristol, NH 03222, USA