Area: 44,586 acres or 72 sq miles
Max Depth: 213 feet
Shoreline: 240 miles
Info: Lake Winnipesaukee is known around here at the “Big Lake” or “Winni”. It is NH’s largest and busiest lake. Its length is 22.9 miles, width is 7.5 miles, and with an average depth is 62 ft. She is a great lake for boating, sailing, and all kinds of water sports and activities. The Big Lake is bordered by eight unique communities: Alton, Center Harbor, Gilford, Laconia, Meredith, Moultonboro, Tuftonboro, and Wolfeboro. You’ll find great shopping and restaurants at each of these ports of call.
I think the best thing about the Big Lake if you are a boater is that you can literally go someplace different every time you go out on the lake. There is much to explore, countless places to anchor for lunch and a swim, great fishing, and beautiful sunset cruises. If you can’t afford the boat (or the gas these days), hop on board the M/S Mt. Washington and take a tour in grand style and see all that the lake has to offer. It is a little like going back in time…
There are 274 islands dotting the lake with the largest being Long Island at 186 acres, then Bear Island at 780 acres, Cow Island with 522 acres and Governors Island at 504 acres. The Governor doesn’t live there, but some of the most expensive residences on the lake can be found there. These estates are great to view on a slow sunset boat ride around the island!