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Lake Massabesic, Manchester

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Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Lake Massabesic or Massabesic Lake is a lake in southern New Hampshire, United States, covering about 2,560 acres (1,040 ha) (equivalent to about 4 sq mi or 10 km2) within the city of Manchester and the town of Auburn. Because it provides drinking water for Manchester, swimming and water skiing are not allowed there. Popular sports on the lake are sailing, fishing, and kayaking. The recreational trails along the lake provide beautiful views of the lake and the town of Auburn.

Besides flowing into the Manchester water system, the lake's water feeds Cohas Brook, leading to the Merrimack River. Massabesic is a Native American name meaning "place of much water" or "near the great brook."
The lake is classified as a cold- and warmwater fishery.
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  • I was able to get a day off from work. I went to the lake for a nice stroll the paths are great with many people walking, running, or riding bikes. There are piers to sit at and beach’s to hang at.  more »
  • We were looking for a place to stop on our trip to Manchester. My son recommended this place, which was not overcrowded and temperature was perfect. It was short but enjoyable visit. There is no...  more »
  • A special place to walk sit or Mountain bike. Great trails and ample parking to kayak or take out your small boat or canoe!
  • Great place with a serene environment. Me and my wife spent our Saturday afternoon hiking over there and absolutely loved the place.

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