Ossipee Lake


Ossipee Lake

Town(s): Freedom NH, Ossipee NH
County: Carroll

Size: 3249 acres
Average Depth: 28 feet
Maximum Depth: 61 feet

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

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Ossipee Lake is located in Carroll County in eastern New Hampshire, in the communities of Ossipee and Freedom. At 3,245 acres, it is the sixth-largest lake located entirely in New Hampshire. The lake is fed by the West Branch (entering from the north), the Bearcamp and Lovell rivers (entering from the west), and the Pine River (from the south). Water leaves the eastern end of the lake via the Ossipee River, flowing into the Saco River in Maine.

Ossipee Lake is a popular vacation site. The land surrounding the lake is home to numerous condo, cabin, and lake house developments. As in most lakes regions, some buildings are available for vacation rentals, and many of the developments have private beaches.

The Dam Bureau of the N.H. Department of Environmental Services maintains real-time information on Ossipee Lake’s water level, air temperature and precipitation totals at Westward Shores and Ossipee River observation sites. Access this information by clicking here.

Ossipee Lake Alliance is a full-time volunteer organization dedicated to preserving and protecting Ossipee Lake and its bays, rivers and surrounding land as a unique recreational, environmental and economic asset. We bring together individuals, property owner associations, businesses and conservation groups in a broad community of interest to promote the careful use and shared enjoyment of the lake.

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Water Quality: Town/State Monitoring
Vegetation Growth: Unknown
Non-native Species: Unknown

Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Lake Trout, Brook Trout, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, White Perch, Brown Bullhead, Bluegill, Bridle Shiner

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Ramp Comments: ACCESS: Pine River Boat ramp Rt 25 E.
Parking Spaces: More than 40

Directions: Directions: Rt 16 to Rt 25 East.
Shoreline Development: 50-75%