Silver Lake


Silver Lake

Town(s): Belmont NH, Tilton NH
County: Belknap

Size: 216 acres
Average Depth: 6 feet
Maximum Depth: 22 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, State & Local Rules & Regulations Apply, Other Restrictions
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, No Restrictions

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The fishing is awesome with huge, large and small mouth bass, and a variety of other fish. Whether canoeing around the lake and down the quiet Winnepesaukee River or just relaxing on the water, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Silver Lake is a classic example of a “pond in the river”, as it is a rather wide expanse of water that is actually the Winnipesaukee River. A mesotrophic water, with extensive sand flats (mean depth 6.2 feet), it is characterized by an abundant warmwater fish population. The primary fisheries are small and largemouth bass, respectively, white perch, yellow perch, black crappie,chain pickerel, bluegill, pumpkinseed, and brown bullhead. Silver Lake is used for recreational activities including boating, fishing, swimming, and water skiing by both lake and town residents and campground visitors. There are two public access points on the lake, and one private access site at the campground. There are many lake-resident owned powerboats on the lake each year, and numerous canoes, kayaks, and row boats. Roughly 10 powerboat visitors go to Silver Lake during weekdays, and there are about 15 on weekends.

Water Quality: Treated Annually
Vegetation Growth: Moderate
Non-native Species: Eurasian Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum Spicatum)

Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Sunfish, Golden Shiner, American Eel

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Parking Spaces: Unknown

Shoreline Development: 25-50%