Blog :: 06-2012

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Flying Trout? Stocking New Hampshire's Remote Ponds by Air

CONCORD, N.H. - Trout literally took flight this month,  as the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department delivered fingerling fish to some  of the state's most remote waters. Every year in June, a helicopter hired by  Fish and Game stocks remote ponds from Sunapee to Pittsburg. During this  one-day event, which this year took place on June 13, some 48 remote New  Hampshire ponds were stocked with brook trout fingerlings raised in Fish and  Game's New Hampton Hatchery.

The stocking of remote ponds in the backcountry of New  Hampshire provides a unique opportunity for anglers seeking a true wilderness  experience. While the trout delivered during the current year by air are small,  those stocked last June should have reached 5-6 inches in most areas, and  2-year-old fish may reach 12 inches or better.

"It's time to grab your float tube, a light-weight  fly rod and rubber boots and pack a lunch for a day on a remote pond,"  said Fish and Game Hatcheries Supervisor Jason Smith. "Brook trout that  were stocked last year should be well into their summer diets of mayflies.  Evening trips in late June and early July can provide dry fly enthusiasts one  last great opportunity for catching fish on the surface. As we get into July,  even these high elevation ponds will heat up enough to where many of the trout  will seek thermal refuge in the deeper waters."

Serene, remote ponds not only produce beautiful brook  trout with high catch rates, but also give the outdoor enthusiast an  opportunity for wildlife viewing, hiking, camping or just simple solitude. Many  of these remote ponds are located off popular hiking trails. As with any hiking  excursion, be sure to follow hiking safety guidelines (visit  www.hikesafe.com

A few of these remote ponds are designated as "fly  fishing only," so be sure to check the regulations prior to your trip. For the  list of remote ponds that are stocked, check the Fish and Game website at  www.fishnh.com/Fishing/trout_aerial.html

The aerial trout stocking program is made possible  through fishing license sales and with assistance from the Wildlife Heritage  Foundation of New Hampshire. To contribute to this effort, visit  www.nhwildlifefoundation.org and designate your donation for aerial  trout stocking.

For an exciting, in-depth look at the experience of  aerial stocking, check out an Associated Press video from this year's  helicopter trip at

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Taken from the NH Fish And Game Website

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Lake Winnipesaukee Real Estate, Cottage in Laconia

Sandy Swin Area - Great Dock - Under $500,000

Laconia NH, Lake Winnipesaukee   This is the ultimate Winnipesaukee vacation home! This private home offers long lake views and has extremely sandy bottom frontage. Sit on the waterside deck and watch the boats go by or enjoy the views from almost every room in the house. With pine floors and wood interior this home has a warm feeling that will relax your soul and help your stress melt away. Located on the Meredith-Laconia town line.  This home is centrally located, hiking - biking - golf - skiing - shopping and restauants by boat or car.   This home is virtually maintenance free. Just come, relax and enjoy! Sale of property includes 1/7 interest in 17acre+/- back lot. Listed by Remax Bayside. S. Knowles. Information from mls. For additional information on this home call Lady of the Lake Realty at 1-888-737-5550 or e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our website to view similar lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesrealty.com or www.lakeorskirealestate.com  

NH ATV Trail Information and Trail Location

Off Highway Recreational Vehicle (OHRV) riding is an increasingly popular trail use in New Hampshire.   

Through the cooperative efforts of landowners, volunteer organizations, and the State, roughly 700 miles of trails are open for summertime ATV and trail bike riding. Volunteer clubs help to maintain trail conditions and environmental impact, as well as promote safe and responsible use throughout the community.

Some trail systems have restrictions on the type of OHRVs that are permitted, so always check with the local volunteer club or the Bureau of Trails first.

New Hampshire has lots of riding areas for ATV, .  There are several locations in the state that rent ATV's around the state

 

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Suncook Lake Real Estate, Barnstead NH

 

Suncook Lake home for sale - Barnstead NH - suncook lake real estate

Level lot - sandy beach - golf, hiking and skiing close by - 3.5 acres

Barnstead NH, Suncook Lake Have heard the expression:"if you are lucky enough to live by the water, you are lucky enough." This home captures that sentiment exactly. Beautiful custom-built waterfront home features a master bedroom and bath, two additional bedrooms, den, sewing room, family room, living room, dining room, enclosed sun room,and beautifully applianced kitchen with granite counter-tops, butcher-block top island, pull-out shelving, and under-cabinet lighting. Many extras include nine foot ceilings on the first floor, a central vacuum system, central air conditioning, built-in-lighted china cabinet, brushed nickel lighting throughout the home, and transom windows in the kitchen overlooking the lake. Our home also has a large attached garage for four vehicles, a workshop in the basement, generator hookup, and  pellet stove. The property is well landscaped with expansive lawns and a wrap around deck. A sandy walk-out beach, boat dock and spectacular views of the lake and mountains complete the picture.  This executive home features 3 bedroom and 3 bathrooms, the perfect setting on this level lot to entertain family and friends.  Suncook Lake is 591 acre and is located just north of Concord NH.  Gunstock Ski area is a short drive away and golfing and hiking trails a close by.  Listed By Maxfield Real Estate. J. Grigg. Information taken from NH mls For additional information on this home call Lady of the Lake Realty at 1-888-737-5550 or e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our website to view similar lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesrealty.com or www.lakeorskirealestate.com     

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Lake Sunapee Real Estate, lakefront home with boathouse

 

Sunapee lakefront home with 2 bay boathouse and sandy beach

 

Sunapee NH What a spot on Lake Sunapee!! This paradise has it all, your own private sandy beach, shallow, gradual entry to the refreshing Lake Sunapee water. Stone wall,dock ,two bay boat house, huge back yard with nice green grass and  expansive lake view. Deep water diving off boathouse.  New drilled well & public sewer offer unlimited expansion possibilities. We have here the very rare situation of having all trees and shrubs removed from in front of the cottage which can no longer be done priced at $170,000 below assessment.  This home is located on .73 acres, the current home is 1598 square feet and just steps to your walk-in sandy beach.  Golf - Skiing - Tennis - Hiking - Restaurants ( by boat or car )  - Shopping are just a short drive away. Don't wait  Listed by Town and Country Realty B. Whipple  -  information is taken from mls. For additional information on this home call Lady of the Lake Realty at 1-888-737-5550 or e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our website to view similar lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesrealty.com or www.lakeorskirealestate.com  

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Brake for Moose: It Could Save Your Life - NH

Moose in our yard in Sanbornton headed towards Route 132

CONCORD, N.H. - Remember to brake for moose when traveling  New Hampshire roadways. There were 146 reported moose/vehicle collisions in New  Hampshire in 2011; in the last five years the state has averaged 184 per year.  June is a high-risk month for encountering moose on the roads, because moose  are moving from winter to spring habitats and coming out to the roads to eat  salt. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is working to make people more  aware of the danger of moose/vehicle collisions. Step number one is to learn  what you can do to reduce the chance of being involved in an accident with a  moose.

"Moose are an important and much loved part of our state,  but it can be dangerous to encounter them on the road," said N.H. Fish and Game  Moose Project Leader Kristine Rines. "By following a few simple rules,  motorists can greatly reduce their chance of a moose/vehicle collision or the  severity of personal injury if they do hit a moose."

When driving on New Hampshire roads, keep these points in  mind:

  • New Hampshire's moose herd is approximately 5,000  strong.
  • Moose vehicle collisions happen statewide on all types  of roads.
  • Moose collisions happen most often from the months of  May through November.
  • While collisions can happen at any time of day, they  occur most frequently at dusk and during the night.
  • Moose are dark brown and hard to see against pavement.
  • Don't depend on "eye shine" to alert you to a moose's  presence. Moose don't always look at an approaching vehicle.
  • To reduce the chance of a collision - or the severity  of occupant injury if you do hit a moose:
  • Drive no faster than 55 mph, and wear your seatbelt;
  • Scan the sides of the road;
  • Be able to stop within the zone of your headlights;
  • Use high beams whenever possible;
  • If you see a moose, slow down or stop if necessary,  until you have passed it or it has left the road.

New Hampshire residents and visitors love to see moose  and enjoy sharing the state with these largest denizens of the forest. Make  sure your moose encounters are safe for you and the moose: Brake for Moose - It  could save your life!

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the  guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats.  For more safety tips on avoiding moose collisions, visit  www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Wildlife/brake_for_moose.htm

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When a beach is contaminated, should you swim or call it a day?

THE COOLER IS PACKED with drinks and snacks. The towels and umbrella are ready to go and everyone is lathered up with sunscreen. The kids are excited as they clamber out of the car and their scampering feet go from the blacktop of a parking lot to the grains of a sandy beach. Then you see the red or yellow sign. It says the beach might be contaminated. You're advised to turn away from your day of fun and go somewhere else. Most people do. "I would rather go home and get wet in the tub," said Melissa Sessions of Salisbury, Mass., who on Thursday was enjoying Kingston State Park, which was not under a contamination advisory. But in New Hampshire, you don't necessarily have to leave, said Sonya C. Carlson, beach program coordinator for the state Department of Environ­mental Conservation

"We never order beaches closed. We simply provide advisories," she said of the DEC. "There's no law against (swimming in contaminated water)." You and your family can still play on the beach and swim in water that may contain elevated levels of bacteria caused by " there's no nice way to say it " "poop," Carlson said. The state performs more than 2,000 tests, at $20 each, of freshwater and coastal beaches throughout the season, Carlson said. Federal funding pays for about half the costs to test the state's 16 coastal beaches, she said. The state and towns pick up the rest of the tab. Towns pay for testing of freshwater beaches within town limits, she said. While the DEC never closes a beach, individual beach owners, be they state parks, condominium associations or towns, can order beaches closed, Carlson said. For example, the state Division of Parks and Recreation on Thursday closed the beach at Silver Lake State Park in Hollis because of a cyanobacteria bloom. Jocelyn Ortiz of Dracut, Mass., was planning to take her kids swimming at Silver Lake State Park on Thursday, but she decided against it after learning that the beach was closed. She went to Kingston State Park instead. "I have kids, and my son would swim in the water and get sick. No thanks," Ortiz said. The state tests for diseasecausing organisms, such as E.Coli, as well as cyanobacteria, a blue-green scum that can cause vomiting or diarrhea. The tests, which involve scooping up water in a bottle at about knee depth, filtering it, then a day later seeing "what's growing" in the solid matter left over, cost about $20 each, Carlson said. Rain, and what it sends into lakes, rivers and the ocean, is the most frequent cause of a beach advisory being issued, she said. "It's going to wash off everything from the land and bring it into the water," she said. "Whether it's goose poop or beaver poop, it will wash into the water." Ahern State Park in Laconia, which has a high goose population, finds itself on the advisory list more than any other beach, she said. "It's always on the list after it rains," she said. "All the goose poop goes washing into the stream and ends up on the beach." Another, more avoidable, cause: Infants not wearing special swim diapers designed to keep leaks from ending up in water used for swimming, she said. "Definitely make sure they're wearing a swim diaper," Carlson said of infants. To guard against getting sick, people should also rinse themselves off after getting out of the water, never drink the water and avoid the water if you have an open wound, are already sick or after heavy rains, she said. Most freshwater beaches are tested once a month, she said, but towns are not obligated to participate. For example, she said, Groton and Wentworth decided against testing for Spectacle Pond in 2007 and Lower Baker River in 2008, respectively. Groton Selectman Kyle Andrews was surprised to learn that Spectacle Pond was not being tested by the state. He said he was elected in 2009 and didn't know why the town decided to stop testing the beach. The coastal beaches are tested in different intervals. Eight of the beaches are tested twice a week. Six others are tested once each week, while the remaining two are tested biweekly. The state issues advisories if cyanobacteria blooms " which are colorful, pretty gatherings of algae " are spotted or if levels of such organisms as E.coli are above acceptable guidelines. It involves a lot of parts-permillion terminology that essentially says there's too much to consider the water safe for swimming. As of Thursday, two beaches " Silver Lake State Park and Glen Lake Park Town Beach in Goffstown, which had elevated levels of bacteria " were under advisory. Hudson mom Mindy Malek said she's at the Robinson Pond beach "just about every day" in the summer, and none of her children have ever gotten sick from their swims. Still, she said, she'd turn around if she were to see a sign warning of contamination. Karen Parshley of New Hampton, who was visiting the Meredith Town Beach on Lake Waukewan, said she would not go into the lake if it were posted as having contamination. "No," she said. "I'd be afraid of the germs." However, the state has never received a report that anyone has gotten sick by swimming in any New Hampshire body of water, Carlson said. "It would be very, very hard" to pinpoint an illness to a contaminated beach, she said. "There's really no way to be absolutely sure that somebody didn't get sick from something in the water." However, she said she believes the tests are worth the cost. "When you're talking about something like public health at a public beach, why take the chance?" Carlson said. "It's not like it's an expensive test. Twenty dollars a test is not outrageous." tbuckland@unionleader.com . Taken from the NH Union Leader, written by Tim Buckland Union Leader correspondents Jason Schreiber, April Guilmet and Dan Seufert contributed to this report.

 

 

 

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NH Bear Activity High: Homeowners and Campers Should Take Precautions

Bear taking bird feeders in sanbornton nh

This bear was visiting our home

CONCORD, N.H. - Bears seem to coming out of the woodwork  in New Hampshire these days. The New  Hampshire Fish and Game Department is dealing with numerous bear complaints  from around the state, many of them involving female bears with cubs.

Last Saturday (June 16, 2012), a Grafton, N.H., woman was  injured after encountering a bear with cubs on her deck while letting her dog  out.  Female bears are often protective  when cubs are present, or when approached by a dog.

Because a person was injured in the Grafton incident,  Fish and Game responded by setting a culvert (live bear) trap near the woman's  house for three nights, as protocol requires, to try to capture the bear if it  returned. As of Wednesday morning (June 20, 2012), the bear had not returned  and the trap has been removed. Wildlife officials consider it unlikely that the  bear will return to the site. No additional trapping is planned at this point  in time.

June is often a busy month for bear activity, but this  year is unusually so, according to USDA Wildlife Damage Specialist Rob Calvert.  "The early spring has fast-forwarded these bears into July feeding  behaviors, but the wild berry crop won't be ready for another month," said  Calvert.  "So they are panhandling -  coming out of the woods, often with cubs, to seek out easy sources of food near  houses and farmyards for themselves and their young."

Early summer represents a somewhat lean time for bears,  according to Andy Timmins, Fish and Game bear biologist. Last fall's acorns  have turned into woody sprouts. Lush spring vegetation has hardened off and is  less valuable to bears. Most of the summer fruits that provide food for bears  will not be available for a few weeks. "This period of low food abundance  causes bears to search out high-quality, readily available foods provided by  humans, and is the main reason why the majority of bear complaints in New  Hampshire occur during June and July," says Timmins.

The high level of bear activity this year means it is  more important than ever to remove any bear attractants from your  property.  Although black bears are  generally shy and usually avoid humans, they are opportunistic and will search  for human food supplies when natural foods are not available. Birdseed,  unsecured garbage and pet food all can be big temptations for bears.

Many backyard chicken operations in New Hampshire have  been targeted by bears this year, too.   "If you've got chickens, you need to protect them by using electric  fencing or a very sturdy enclosure," said Calvert. "Above all, the public must understand that it is  illegal to intentionally feed bears in New Hampshire," said Timmins.  "Intentional feeding can cause problems in residential areas and can  result in fines. It also threatens the life of the bear, which may have to be  destroyed if it becomes a nuisance animal habituated to human food sources.  It's unfortunately often true that 'A fed bear is a dead bear.'  So if you love bears, don't feed them."

The No. 1 rule for avoiding conflicts with bears while  hiking and camping is to maintain a clean campsite.  All food, garbage and aromatic items (like  toothpaste and other toiletries) should be stored out of reach of bears. Do not store these items  in your tent. If car camping, keep all food and coolers in a building or  vehicle with the windows rolled up.  If  camping at a remote site, bring rope to properly hang these items.  Use food canisters at remote sites when  available.  To assist visitors, the  Androscoggin Ranger District in Gorham has a limited number of bear-resistant  food canisters that are available on a first-come, first-served basis for up to  five days. For more information on this program, go to  www.fs.fed.us/r9/white

Fish and Game recommends that people take the following  action to reduce the chances of a bear visiting your home or campsite:

  * Stop all bird feeding by April 1 or as soon as snow  melts.     * Clean up any spilled birdseed and dispose of it in the  trash.     * Secure all garbage in airtight containers inside a  garage or adequate storage area, and put garbage out on the morning of pickup,  not the night before.     * Avoid putting meat or other food scraps in your compost  pile.     * Don't leave pet food dishes outside overnight.     * Clean and store outdoor grills after each use.     * Do not leave food, grease or garbage unsecured around  campsites.     * Store food and coolers in a closed vehicle or secured  area while camping.     * Finally, never intentionally feed bears!

"During these challenging times, we don't want to  forget the amazing ecological, cultural and recreational values that bears  represent to our state and citizenry," said Ellingwood. "Our ability  to maintain bears in a positive light is largely impacted by the behavior of  people.  Anything the general public can  do to keep our wild bears wild will contribute to the future well-being of this  invaluable wildlife resource."

If you have questions about bear-related problems, you  can get advice by calling a toll-free number coordinated jointly by the U.S.  Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services and the New Hampshire Fish and  Game Department:  1-888-749-2327  (1-888-SHY-BEAR).

Province Lake Home for Sale, Low Tax Wakefield NH

 

Province Lake Real Estate for sale in Wakefield NH, Real Estate

3 bedrooms - 3 bathroom - 4 car garage - 175 feet of shoreline

 

Wakefield NH, 1000 acre Province Lake   Breathtaking views across Province Lake to Mt. Chocorua and Mt. Washington from this impeccably maintained 2 bedroom home with a separate 4 bay garage with workshop with a one bedroom, 1 bath suite above. Enjoy amazing sunsets from this very cozy ranch style home surrounded by lovely lawn and landscaping 175 feet of pristine lakefront.  You can walk to the golf course. hiking, biking, skiing and shopping are just a short drive away.   This is the perfect vacation home or permanent residence with plenty of room for guests.  Listed by Maxfield Real Estate. J. Messineo.  Taken from mls. For additional information on this home call Lady of the Lake Realty at 1-888-737-5550 or e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our website to view similar lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesrealty.com or www.lakeorskirealestate.com  

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Where Do Lakes Come From?

 

 

NH lake real estate for sale

Eagle on the Merrymeeting River flowing out of Merrymeeting Lake

 

Mom I was wondering," began my three-year-old daughter a couple of weeks ago while we were driving past Lake Massasecum" the lake we call home. I had no idea what was going to come next from my inquisitive, little scientist. "Where do"¦" she continued. At that point, I began to panic. Was she going to ask the question that most parents dread"was she going to ask where babies come from? Please, no, I begged, I'm not ready to explain that yet.

"Mom, where do lakes come from?" Panic was replaced with relief, and then, quite truthfully, with disbelief"did she really ask me, her lake scientist mother, where lakes come from? "Mom, did you hear me? Where do lakes come from?" I admit"I couldn't have been more proud or happy at that moment. "MOM"¦DID YOU HEAR ME?"

Ah, the patience of a three-year-old. I needed to respond fast to capitalize on the teachable moment, but wondered how to sum up complicated geological processes, some that take thousands of years, in a way that a preschooler might make sense of. "Well, lakes are big holes," I began. "Really big holes in the ground that took a really, really long time to fill up with rain and melted snow."

"But, how did the holes get there?" This, of course, was her next question.

"Now, that's a good question, a very good question." I responded, trying to buy some time. "Well, you see, the holes could have been made by the ground moving, volcanoes erupting, or mud sliding around. InNew Hampshire, most of the holes were made by huge chunks of ice moving around."

"Hmm"¦ok." She seemed satisfied, but not terribly intrigued by the explanation. As quickly as her curiosity about how lakes came to be was piqued, it vanished. The conversation abruptly transitioned into an interrogation about what we were going to have for lunch.

A few mornings later, much to my surprise, she continued our "how lakes came to be" discussion. "Mom, you know what I think?" I hadn't a clue, but knew that she was going to tell me. "I thinkLakeMassasecumwas dug out by a bunch of workers with shovels. It took about a week and then they left and dug outLakeSunapee." All I could do was laugh"can you just imagineNew Hampshire's approximately 1,000 lakes and ponds being dug out by hand? What an undertaking that would have been! Of course some lakes have been partly constructed in that way, but most have had more exciting origins, exciting at least in geological terms.

For those of you who don't believe that our lakes are just big holes dug out with shovels which then filled with water, and want to learn how most of them came to be, I invite you to read on.

Lakes are bodies of water that have filled depressions (called "basins") in low-lying areas on the landscape. There are a number of natural processes that can form lake basins which eventually fill up with water from rainfall and snowmelt and carried in by streams, rivers, underground springs, and groundwater.

Most of New Hampshire's lakes were formed by the movement of glaciers approximately 15,000 years ago. As the glaciers moved across the landscape, tops of mountains and hills were scraped off and other areas of the landscape were gouged out under the tremendous weight of the ice sheet which was, at times, a mile thick over New Hampshire. As a result of this action, the face of the landscape was permanently altered. When the glaciers finally began to melt and recede to the north, they left behind huge basins and piles of rocks and boulders strewn across the landscape. Over time, the basins filled up with water, forming many of the lakes we now know in New Hampshire. Lake Winnipesaukee, formed by glacial activity, and with a surface area of approximately 72 square miles, maximum length of 21 miles, and width of up to nine miles, is the state's largest lake. Newfound Lake in Bristol, also formed by glacial activity, with a maximum depth of 183 feet is the deepest lake in the state. Receding glaciers also left behind blocks of ice buried under sand and gravel. As the remnant ice melted, the sand and gravel caved in leaving behind relatively circular basins that eventually filled with water"these types of lakes, referred to as "kettle ponds," include: Chocorua Lake in Tamworth; Pea Porridge Pond in Madison and Conway; and Mirror Lake"one of the most highly studied kettle ponds in the world"in the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in the White Mountain National Forest near Tamworth.

Some of New Hampshire's lakes were formed by rivers. As a river winds its way across the landscape, the water going around the outside edge of a bend in the river has the most speed and power"this power leads to the wearing away (erosion) of the outer bank of the river, which allows the river to meander further and further out into that eroded bank and the surrounding landscape. The eroded materials (dirt, sand, gravel, and rocks) are carried by the fast-flowing water and deposited and accumulate where the river has less energy, typically the inner portion of a river bend. Eventually, the course of the river may change, seeking a straighter path of less resistance. The outside areas of the meanders may then be cut off from the main river channel forming an "oxbow lake." Oxbow lakes are typically shaped like a "U" or "C" and are not very deep or old. InNew Hampshire, Horseshoe Pond inConcord is an example of an oxbow lake formed by the meandering of theMerrimack River.

Lakes are formed by the movement of the earth's crust. The outer portion of the earth's crust is made up of approximately a dozen or so slabs of thick rock (tectonic plates) that fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. Forces from deep within the earth cause these plates to move and sometimes collide, creating mountains and basins. These basins may eventually fill up with water, creating "tectonic lakes." Notable tectonic lakes include:LakeBaikal in Siberia, the world's oldest (at least 25 million years old) and deepest lake (5,387 feet); and Lake Tahoe inCalifornia andNevada, which is approximately 2 million years old and 1,645 feet

Lakes are formed by volcanic activity. When forces from deep within the earth cause volcanoes to erupt, sometimes rock and other earthen material are violently ejected upward and a depression is left behind. Other times, molten rock seeps slowly out of a volcano, making it a hollow cave with a relatively thin and heavy roof which may collapse. Both volcanic processes can result in a basin sealed off with solid rock on the bottom that eventually fills with water. Some of the deepest lakes in the world are "volcanic lakes." Crater Lake in Oregon, formed approximately 7,700 years agoby the collapse of the volcano Mount Mazama, is, at 1,949 feet deep, the seventh deepest lake in the world and the deepest lake in the U.S.

Lakes are formed by landslides. Landslides are sudden movements of large quantities of loose soil and rocks and other earthen material, usually caused by abnormal meteorological events, including excessive rainfall and earthquakes. A temporary or permanent "landslide lake" can form when a large amount of earthen material falls from a steep slope into a stream valley, damming the flow of a stream or river. InNew Hampshire, the south side ofProfileLake, located in Franconia Notch at the base ofCannonMountain, is dammed by landslide debris.

Lakes are formed when underground rocks are dissolved by water running across the landscape. Rock formations made of salt or limestone are easily eroded away by water which can result in basins that fill up with water. These types of lakes, referred to as "solution lakes," are most common inFlorida, and can also be found in the mid-west. Since most of the rock formations inNew Hampshire contain primarily granite which is not easily eroded, and few contain significant amounts of limestone, solution lakes in theGraniteState are not common.

I wouldn't a good mom if I didn't acknowledge that my daughter was at least partially right"some lakes are indeed man-made. Throughout history and across the globe, man-made lakes have been constructed to provide drinking water, power, recreation, or flood control to the public. These lakes usually go hand-in-hand with dams which control the amount of water in them. One ofAmerica's most well-known man-made lakes isLakeMeade which was created by the construction of the Hoover Dam. InNew Hampshire, man has made many lakes and ponds larger than Mother Nature originally designed them by putting in dams at their outlets.

No matter how each of New Hampshire's approximately 1,000 lakes and ponds were made, each one is unique and has much to offer"boating, fishing, bird watching, swimming, waterskiing, tubing and much, much more.

 

Enjoy!     taken from www.nhlakes.org

by Andrea LaMoreaux, NH LAKES, Spring 2012

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