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Is It A Lake or Pond ? What is the Difference in New Hampshire?

Is It A Lake or Pond – What is the Difference in New Hampshire?

This picture is taken at a marsh

This picture is taken at a marsh

 

First lets look at it from New Hampshire's viewpoint then from what you and I would believe!

From a regulatory viewpoint there is no distinction between a lake and a pond. Both are surface
waters of NH and subject to the same water quality standards. From a naming convention
there is no precise difference between a lake and pond, although water bodies named "lakes" are
generally larger and/or deeper than water bodies named "ponds." From an ecological or
limnological perspective, there is a difference between the two. The difference, however, is
somewhat arbitrary and not consistent or precise.
Regulatory
The water quality of the surface waters of the state, including all lakes and ponds, is regulated
through statutes (RSA 485-A) and rules (Env-Ws 1700). These laws and regulations make no
distinction between lakes and ponds. Both have to meet all the same water quality standards.
Naming
The term "lake" or "pond" as part of a water body name is arbitrary and not based on any specific
naming convention. In general, lakes tend to be larger and/or deeper than ponds, but numerous
examples exist of "ponds" that are larger and deeper than "lakes." For example, Echo "Lake" in
Conway is 14 acres in surface area with a maximum depth of 11 feet, while Island "Pond" in
Derry is nearly 500 acres and 80 feet deep. Names for lakes and ponds generally originated from
the early settlers living near them, and the use of the terms "lake" and "pond" was completely
arbitrary. Many have changed names through the years, often changing from a pond to a lake
with no change in size or depth. Often these changes in name were to make the area sound more
attractive to perspective home buyers. Examples of ponds that are now called lakes include Mud
Pond to Mirror Lake in Canaan, Mosquito Pond to Crystal Lake in Manchester and Dishwater
Pond to Mirror Lake in Tuftonboro.
Limnology
In limnology (the study of inland waters), surface waters are divided into lotic (waters that flow
in a continuous and definite direction) and lentic (waters that do not flow in a continuous and
definite direction) environments. Waters within the lentic category gradually fill in over geologic
time and the evolution is from lake to pond to wetland. This evolution is slow and gradual, and
there is no precise definition of the transition from one to the next.
Early limnologists in the late 18th, early 19th centuries attempted to define the transition from a
lake to a pond in various ways. Area, depth or both were an essential part of most definitions, but
what area or what depth differed. Some used thermal stratification - a lake is a body of water
that is deep enough to thermally stratify into two or three layers during the summer in temperate
regions such as New Hampshire. Others used plant growth - a pond is shallow enough that
sunlight can penetrate to the bottom and support rooted plant growth across its entire width.
Some included all plant growth (including submerged plants) while others said a pond was
shallow enough to support emergent or floating-leafed rooted plants throughout. Although we
won't attempt to define the distinction between a pond and wetland here (it is an even less
precise distinction), a pond with emergent plants throughout would frequently be considered a
wetland (marsh) by many observers.
Limnologists today recognize that nature can't be divided into precise, neat categories and accept
the fact that there will never be a precise definition. However, they also recognize that "deep"
lakes and ponds function differently than "shallow" lakes and ponds, and modern limnology texts
often discuss the two separately. The generally accepted definition of a "shallow lake or pond" is
that class of shallow standing water in which light penetrates to the bottom sediments to
potentially support rooted plant growth throughout the water body. Lack of thermal stratification
and the presence of muddy sediments are also common characteristics of this class of water. In
contrast, a "deep lake or pond" has both a shallow shoreline area that may potentially support
rooted plant growth and a deeper portion where sunlight does not penetrate to the bottom. These
water bodies frequently stratify into distinct thermal layers during the summer.
For more information about surface waters in New Hampshire, visit the DES website at
http://www.des.nh.gov/water_intro.htm
I am not going to complicate the difference between a lake or pond but the next step would be to
examine what water quality classification the lake or pond comes under to see if that has any effect
calling it a lake, pond or marsh.
Taken from the DES Website
If you need some help Paula and I have plenty of experience with the lakes in the lakes region especially
in helping families find vacation homes.

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Looking to Purchase a Lakefront Property, NH has Plenty to offer the Lakefront Buyer!

Luxury Lakefront Home on Winnipesaukee

Luxury Lakefront Home on Winnipesaukee

NH Lakefront Property Inventory!

My wife Paula and I cover the entire Lakes Region including Ossipee and Sunapee markets. What this means to you!  You can put your wish list in front of us and we will search for a lakefront home that matches your lifestyle. Put the computer away, we know all the quality lakes in the area and can recommend a home to fit your family and price point.  If you are not familiar with New Hampshire Lakes Region we have over 250 lakes to choose from. The lakes most are familiar with are Winnipesaukee, 43,000 acres - Squam, 6750 acres -  Newfound, Sunapee, Winnisquam all around 4000 plus acres - Wentworth, Ossipee, 3000 acres -   Merrymeeting, Bow, Silver, Waukewan, Great East are in the 1000 acre range. Plus a batch of lake in the 300 to 600 acre range.

When starting your search call us, your price point may dictate if we can find you a home on Winnisquam or 370 acre  Lake Kanasatka.( example )   If you are looking for a newer home close to ski areas in the $500,000 range Squam is not the lake to be searching.  That home is located on 600 acre Suncook Lake.  If  you are looking for a quiet lake or a lake close to a town with great salmon fishing or golf close by we can find that home to.

Interest Rates are still low, inventory is up, pricing is still reasonable. What are you waiting for?

New Listing on Pemigewassett Lake with 25 acres

Home On 250 Acre Pemigewassett with 25 acres of land

 

NH Lakefront Inventory by price point.

$200,000 to $500,000 -  330 homes

$500,000 to $750,000 - 125 homes

$750,000 to $1 million - 77 homes

$1 million to $1.5 million - 48 homes

$1.5 million to $2 million - 49 homes

$2 million to $3 million 46 - homes

$3 million to $4 million - 12 homes

Over $4 million 25 homes are available topping out at $13 million

There is a home available to fit your life style and budget, all you need to do is call us so you can start building family memories that you will look back on and cherish forever.

 

For additional information on homes call Four Seasons | Sotheby's International Realty at 1-888-737-5550 or e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our website to view lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesrealty.com or www.lakeorskirealestate.com.

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Lake Winnipesaukee Luxury Lakefront home, New Hampshire USA

View from the Great Room out to the beach and islands

View from the Great Room out to the beach and islands

Exclusive Governors Island home in Laconia NH  Almost new 2002  7,000 square foot luxury executive estate on just over 1 acre of land and 125 feet of private sandy beach shoreline is just the beginning of what this home has to offer.  This four season getaway is minutes to Gunstock Ski Area and several golf courses are just a short ride away. If you are looking for a unique home designed as a corporate retreat or for your extended family this 6 bedroom home is worth the visit. Winnipesaukee is just over 43,000 acres and offers the boater/sailors  towns to visit for shopping or dining, all water sport activities including  wonderful landlocked salmon fishing. In addition to boating and recreational activities there are museum's, playhouse theaters, amusement parks, an outdoor concert venue and some type of outdoor festival happening around the lake every weekend. In water wooden boat shows to craft fairs.   In less than 60 minutes you are at the Manchester Regional Airport and less than 2 hours you are at Boston Logan.  Call us to find out what New Hampshire, Lakes Region and Lake Winnipesaukee Lakefront Real Estate has to offer.

 

Great Home for Entertaining - Pub Style Sports Bar

Great Home for Entertaining - Pub Style Sports Bar

View out to Rattlesnake and Welch Islands

View out to Rattlesnake and Welch Islands

For additional information on this home call Four Seasons | Sotheby's International 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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Private Sandy Beach and Deep Water Dock

Private Sandy Beach and Deep Water Dock

Young Buck Shopping for his First Boat

 

Young Buck Shopping for his First Boat

Young Buck Shopping for his First Boat

Lake Winnipesaukee, Meredith NH.    Got down to Meredith Marina early Thursday morning at 6 am to do some salmon fishing.  As I pulled off Route 3 making my way to the docks I noted a sign posted. "Get ready for summer and make a big splash with a new boat".  I pulled into the parking lot and found an early morning shopper going from boat to boat.  First he checked out a pontoon boat and then headed over to take a look at a Rinker.  This young shopper noticed me in the parking lot but continued shopping for his first watercraft.  From what I could see he settled in on a Hurricane SunDeck.  He headed toward the sales office but noticed it was closed so he headed for the woods.

For  information on boat slips or lake homes call Four Seasons | Sotheby's International Realty at 1-888-737-5550 or e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our website to view docks and  homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesrealty.com or www.lakeorskirealestate.com.

 

Lake Winnipesaukee Luxury Lakefront Home for Sale, Laconia NH

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Luxury Executive Estate with over 6000 square feet of living space

Governors Island Luxury Home on  Lake Winnipesaukee From the circular drive prior to even stepping into the  home you can see the spectacular open water views, it feels like your are entering a 5 Star Island Hotel in the Caribbean. As you enter the home you have a full service pub style bar off to the right and a family room to the left.   The great room  with a  fireplace has open water views to Rattlesnake Island  adding that perfect touch  for a corporate party or family gathering.   The kitchen has granite counter-tops and high end appliances and is perfectly situated  to view the lake and guests . After you catch your breath the master bedroom suite is on the first floor,  you have a  total of 6 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms on just over 1 acre of perfectly manicured grounds.  The private  beach has  125 feet of sugar sand beach and a permanent dock.  You have plenty of garage space with a 2 car over-sized attached garage and a 2 car detached garage.  This executive home includes all the amenities of Governors Island. Just a short drive away you are skiing at Gunstock Ski Area, Golfing at one of the fine courses, Enjoying Concerts at Meadowbrook or visiting restaurants by boat or car.

For additional information on this home call Four Seasons | Sotheby's International 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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Lakefront Inventory Update June 3 - June 10, 2013, Luxury Homes to Cottages

New Listing on Pemigewassett Lake with 25 acres

New Listing on Pemigewassett Lake with 25 acres

The 90th Laconia Bike Week started this past Saturday.  This yearly event brings thousands of motorcycles to the lakes region of NH.  For a schedule of events visit http://www.laconiamcweek.com/Schedule/  to take part in the activities.  We had a bump in new lakefront listings coming on the market at 43.  Seventeen were  Lake Winnipesaukee Real Estate listings while the rest of the lakes got one or two new listings. Most of the Winnipesaukee  listings were mainland homes priced from $400,000 to a luxury estate on Governors Island for $1o million. Plus 5 island homes priced from $335,000o on Chase Island  to a home on Bear Island for $475,000.  Sunapee, Ossipee, Winnisquam, Pawtuckaway had 2 new properties listed with prices ranging from $2 million for the Sunapee home to a lovely home on Ossipee with a sandy beach and views for $649,000. Highland Lake - Washington, Suncook Lake - Barnstead, Bow Lake - Northwood, Kezar Lake - Sutton all had 1 new listing each.  In addition to waterfront owned Ossipee had 5 new shared waterfront homes priced in the $160,000 range and a Sunapee listing priced at $350,000 with access to a wonderful beach.  A total of eighteen new shared access listings and eight new condo listings with two homes that stand out,  a luxury condo on the eastern shore of Newfound lake for $570,000 and a $1.3 million dollar home located in Grouse Point on Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith.

My pick of the week is a Tuftonboro home.  The home has 1469 feet of shoreline on Winnipesaukee and 40 acres of land. This is the perfect location to build your family compound for your families future.  This waterfront parcel is priced at $5.7 million.

21 sales this week ranging from $100,000 for a seasonal shared waterfront cottage on Ossipee to a Luxury Adirondack home on Lake Winnipesaukee for $4.7 million.   Call us or sign up for e-mail alerts to keep track of your favorite lakes happenings or to keep track of pricing around the region. For additional information on  homes call Four Seasons | Sotheby's International 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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Home prices rise for 14th straight month, June 4, 2013

U.S. home prices including distressed sales rose for the 14th straight month in April, posting their highest year-over-year increase in more than seven years, according to analytics firm CoreLogic.

"Increasing demand for new and existing homes, coupled with low inventory, has created a virtuous cycle for price gains, most clearly seen in the Western states with year-over-year gains of 20 percent," said Mark Fleming, chief economist for CoreLogic.

Home prices (including distressed sales) moved up 3.2 percent in April compared to March, and were up 12.1 percent year over year, the CoreLogic HPI found.

The streak of home-value appreciation is set to continue, the firm said, with the CoreLogic Pending HPI " which is based on price changes for the most recent month "  predicting that home prices will register a 12.5 percent annual gain in May.

Nevada (up 24.6 percent), California (up 19.4 percent), Arizona (up 17.3 percent), Hawaii (up 17 percent) and Oregon (up 15.5 percent) saw the highest price gains in April, CoreLogic reported. Source: CoreLogic

- See more at: http://www.inman.com/wire/home-prices-rise-for-14th-straight-month/#sthash.42Pln1mS.dpuf

Luxury Lake Winnipesaukee Real Estate, Wolfeboro, NH

 

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Sandy Beach - 2 Bay Boathouse - Golf and Ski Slopes Close By

 

Wolfeboro NH  Winneconnett on Lake Winnipesaukee, a classic lake house located in Wolfeboro, NH. There is nothing left undone in preserving and enhancing this wonderful property. The main house features a large well appointed kitchen with lots of counter space and high-end appliances, a formal dining room, living room with fireplace, a library with lots of custom built ins, a theater room with wet bar, game room with separate kitchen, a master bedroom with bath and multiple walk in closets and lots of extra bedrooms. The property features a totally renovated over-the-water boathouse which looks down the length of the lake,, a walk in sandy beach, a 4.5 car garage with office and studio above, a huge patio with hot tub/jet pool and a recreation building with an exercise room and golf practicing net. It is hard to name all the special features of this special waterfront, including lots of stonewall, custom wood work and a double waterfall entry. A true gem on the big lake. This executive home is located on 3.6 acres with 179 feet of private shoreline. The exquisite home has 5 bedrooms and over 7500 square feet of living space.   A short drive by boat or car and you are in downtown Wolfeboro and golf, hiking and the ski slopes are all right at your finger tips.  Listed by Jodi Hughes at Prudential Spencer-Hughes R E For additional information on this home call  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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Newfound Lake Boat Ramp Is Open, June 5, 2013

Boating_access_logoCONCORD, N.H. -- The Wellington State Park boat access  facility on Newfound Lake in Bristol, N.H., is once again open for public use.  The work being done at the site this spring has now been completed, including  repairs necessary for the installation of an accessible floating dock.  The dock is in and the site is open,  according to N.H. Fish and Game Statewide Public Boat Access Program  Coordinator Jeffrey King.

Last September, the N.H. Fish and Game Department  replaced the old concrete boat launch ramps at the site with ramps of a newer,  more innovative design.

Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration ProgramFish and Game constructed the original Newfound Lake boat  access facility in 1996 on a 5-acre parcel of State Park land, using federal  Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration WSFR) and state funds.

New Hampshire's Public Boat Access Program is funded  through boat registration fees and WSFR funds. Fish and Game's Facilities  Construction and Lands Division acquires land for public water access sites,  refurbishes existing sites and builds new public boat access areas.  Visit wildnh.com/access For Information on Newfound Lake homes call  Four Seasons | Sotheby's International Realty at 1-888-737-5550 or e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our website to view  lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesrealty.com or www.lakeorskirealestate.com.

 

Lake Winnipesaukee Luxury Lakefront Executive Home for Sale

Lake Winnipesaukee Real Estate

Perfect Sunsets add to the splendor of this spectacular home

Alton NH. Lake Winnipesaukee Lakefront Executive Home Unique Lake Winnipesaukee Estate with vast panoramic vistas, over broad open water with distant Mountain views and spectacular and ever changing sunsets. 2 waterfront lots of record, 3.1 acres, and 342' of waterfront. Property also includes a 2 bay 1600 square foot  boathouse built in 2004, containing two 30' slips, as well as external dock and breakwater. Everything you would expect to find in a quality property. Home includes  high end appliances and fixtures-plus an elevator.   This home was built in 2004 and boasts 8600 square feet of living space, 7 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms to entertain your entire family and guests.  Plenty of Golf Courses are located nearby and Gunstock Ski Area is about a 35 minute ride.  During the summer you can boat to ports and restaurants around the lake and in the Winter you can snowmobile anywhere in the state from your front yard.  Conveniently located between Alton and Wolfeboro.  Listed by Jodi Hughes at Prudential Spencer-Hughes R E   For additional information on this home call Four Seasons | Sotheby's International 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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