Being the watershed for the city of Manchester, Lake Massabesic is a protected area. Manchester Water Works has diligently maintained and actively polices the Lake and the surrounding woods. With the old rail trail going right by, bikers and walkers alike converge to hike and bike the area.
Its easy to get to, park your car and unload your bike and disappear for a day! The rail trail travels all the way to the seacoast (so I'm told) providing a great half-century bike tour from the lake.
Picnic areas also are available for picnicing at the shore. Boating is allowed, but if you kayak, make sure you have boots on! The rule is that no one can stick so much as a thumb in the water -- fines are steep and enforcement is just as much. Heck, I've heard stories of the Water Police jumping out from behind trees to catch a toe-dipper! Be forewarned!
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