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Lake Massabesic

Address: 16 Londonderry Turnpike, Manchester, NH
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Ranked #2 of 13 Attractions in Manchester
Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks

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Manchester, New Hampshire
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Beautiful scenic lake with trails that literally go for miles. Great for family walk/run/biking and my dog loves the side trails. This is not a lake to go to for swimming because it is the city's water source and there is a fine if you decide to go in. If you're lucky you can catch a glimpse of some deer,... More 

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New Hampshire
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Great place to walk the dog. Sit along the shore and watch the sailboats. Nice afternoon! A trail runs all along the shoreline.

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Central NH
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43 reviews 43 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

This is a time-honoured tradition. In fact, the old Goldenrod's (I recommend the fried cauliflower with no butter and extra lemon and a side order of the best onion rings in the world) used to have an option at the bottom of yoru order ticket that said simply, "Lake," in addition to the here or to go options. That meant... More 

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manchester nh
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115 reviews 115 reviews
20 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Located just East of Manchester there is a nice size parking area. There are picnic tables, trails to walk, hike or bike. Note what time the lot closes (usually 8pm) so you dont get locked in. You can fish and boat but dont swim, it is the water supply after all. There are some trash cans but no bathrooms so... More 

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New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

I was in Manchester for a business trip and had a morning and afternoon off. Was well worth going! BEAUTIFUL walk around the lake...even if I only made it half way. A ton of people walking alone or with their dogs. Just a perfect time of year to go. There are well beaten paths, and not so well beaten paths... More 

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Hollis, New Hampshire
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Lake Massabesic is the water supply for Manchester, NH. This is a beautiful lake with clear water and excellent for fishing and kayaking. Since it is the water supply they DO NOT allow swimming or even touching the water with your hands and NO wadding. If you are caught you will be fined. From the kayak you can go very... More 

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Salt Point, New York
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45 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

What a beautiful lake! We hiked the trail that ran alongside the lake for about 2 hours with our dog. It was very nice. The only downside to the lake is that you cannot swim or wade in it because it is part of the public drinking supply. It's so beautiful, I definately wanted to take a dip!

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Manchester, New Hampshire
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

There are so many things to do on Lake Massabesic. I have been fishing and sailing their. But our favorite thing is always hiking. We love the close location to our home (Manchester), but it feels like it is miles and miles away. We can walk for a half hour or all afternoon and never feel like we are only... More 

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Concord, New Hampshire
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95 reviews 95 reviews
53 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Who knew such remote serenity existed so closet to Manchester? My wife and I visited the Massabesic Audubon Center to follow their trail out to the lake. It's a bit confusing to get started but once you're on the right track it's an easy walk with great views along the way. This lake is absolutely beautiful and serene. We hope... More 

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New Hampshire
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This lake is a beautiful piece of nature! Fishing is great on this lake as well .. lots of wildlife ... majestic loons, ducks etc. There are absolutely gorgeous views of sunset on this lake ... makes for fantastic scenic pictures! Definitely NO SWIMMING at this lake ... as, it is a water reservoir! Worth the trip .. enjoy!

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