Mendums Pond


Mendums Pond

Town(s): Barrington NH
County: Strafford

Size: 265 acres
Average Depth: 25 feet
Maximum Depth: 45 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, State & Local Rules & Regulations Apply
Boating Comments: Mendums Pond banned "Ski craft" in 1988.
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, No Restrictions

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Mendums Pond is a 265 acre pristine lake surrounded by more than 50% Conservation land, Oligo trophic (Crystal clear) waters with a sandy bottom. Mendums Pond is located primarily in Strafford County in eastern New Hampshire, United States, in the town of Barrington. Its extreme southern end dips into the town of Nottingham in Rockingham County. The pond is located on the Little River, a tributary of the Lamprey River and part of the larger Piscataqua River watershed. Together with Pawtuckaway Pond, Mendums Pond was once a reservoir for the Newmarket Manufacturing Company, a water powered cotton textile manufacturer founded in 1822. During drought, a regulated flow would be released from the dam to run mills downriver in Newmarket. The University of New Hampshire owns 187.6 acres (0.8 km2) of forestland on Mendums Pond. Arthur W. McDaniel donated a small parcel to the college in 1930, then the remainder in 1970. Located at the shoreline is the UNH Sailing Club, which holds intra-collegiate races, with the rest of the property divided into areas for recreation, wildlife and timber harvesting.


Water Quality: No Known Issues, Town/State Monitoring
Vegetation Growth: Minimal
Non-native Species: Unknown

Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Black Crappie, White Perch, Brown Bullhead, Sunfish, Golden Shiner, American Eel

Boat Access: Primarily Car-top boats & Canoes
Parking Spaces: None

Directions: Rt 4 to Hall Road
Shoreline Development: 25-50%