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Spofford Lake, Spofford

Spofford Lake is a 732acre water body located in Cheshire County in southwestern New Hampshire, United States, in the town of Chesterfield. Water from Spofford Lake flows via Partridge Brook to the Connecticut River. In 2005 the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department named it the cleanest lake in southwestern New Hampshire, despite the amount of motor boating. The village of Spofford is located at the lake's outlet.
A popular recreational destination during the late 19th century, the lake figured in a tragedy that received notice well outside its rural environs. On May 26, 1882, while on tour with a company organized by Clara Louise Kellogg, the 19-year-old classical pianist Herman Rietzel, already a concert veteran and considered to be well-launched on a promising career, joined George Conly, a bass singer with the company, for a pleasure outing on the lake. Later that day, their rowboat was found capsized; Reitzel's body was not recovered until the following June 7, and Conly's not until a week later still.
Actor-comedian George Carlin spent several summers at Camp Notre Dame on Spofford Lake (along with SNL director Dave "Wacky" Wilson and New Yorker cartoonist Leo Cullum-the camp was owned by the Cullum family) in his childhood; after his death in 2008, he was cremated and part of his ashes were scattered in the lake.
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  • Spofford Lake couldn't be prettier. I am not a resident, neither am I a member of the private Christian organization that would grant me access to the private parts of the lake. I went to the public b...  more »
  • The local is just wonderful. The lake was crystal clear. My children had come here to camp and then worked here for years. We now use it as a great place to have a family get together. The food is gre...  more »
  • Decent public beach with lifeguard part time. Very little shaded areas. Few picnic tables. Kiosk with friendly staffing. Great family beach.
  • I just love swimming and boating here. I have many years of great memories at Camp Spofford and Lake Spofford had been a big part of that. There is a good boat ramp just off route 9 too. Swimming in the morning at sunrise is fantastic and the water quality is quite good.

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