Stinson Lake


Stinson Lake

Town(s): Rumney NH
County: Grafton

Size: 350 acres
Average Depth: 35 feet
Maximum Depth: 77 feet

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

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Stinson Lake is a 350-acre (1.4 km2) water body located in the town of Rumney in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. The lake is in the southern part of the White Mountains. Water from Stinson Lake flows via Stinson Brook, the Baker River, and the Pemigewasset River to the Merrimack River.[1]

The lake is a result of glacier deposits. It has a maximum depth of around 70 feet (21 m), with a few shallow banks around the southern rim. It has a cove to the southwest with a dam to stabilize the lake level. Stinson is one of the few lakes around the region without parasitic plants. Its waters are very clear, with visibility to 25 feet (7.6 m) of depth.

Stinson Lake lies in the northern corner of Rumney, just south of the town boundary with Ellsworth and northwest of 2,900-foot (880 m) Stinson Mountain. Most of the lake is fronted by personal property and cabins, but boating access is available next to the Stinson Lake Store on the western side of the lake. The store provides basics and kayaks.

Hiking trails lead from near Stinson Lake southeast to the summit of Stinson Mountain and north to the Three Ponds area. The village of Stinson Lake, with a small post office at the general store, is at the lake's outlet, at the top of a long climb up the paved Stinson Lake Road from the village of Rumney. Stinson Lake Road is open year round, while the gravel road from Ellsworth and Campton is only open from late spring through early fall.

Campsites around the lake are not available, but several cottage rentals can be found through local advertisements and information at the General Store.

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

Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Yellow Perch, White Perch, Brown Bullhead, Sunfish, White Sucker, Bridle Shiner

Boat Access: Unknown
Parking Spaces: Unknown

Directions: Directions: Rt 25 to Main St, 0.4 mi to Stinson Lake Rd, 4.1 mi
Shoreline Development: 25-50%