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Ossipee Lake
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Ossipee Lake is located in New Hampshire
Ossipee Lake
Ossipee Lake
Location in New Hampshire
Location Carroll County, New Hampshire
Coordinates 43°47′29″N 71°8′23″W / 43.79139°N 71.13972°W / 43.79139; -71.13972
Primary inflows Bearcamp River
Lovell River
Pine River
West Branch
Primary outflows Ossipee River
Basin countries United States
Max. length 3.5 miles (5.6 km)
Max. width 2.3 miles (3.7 km)
Surface area 3,257 acres (13.18 km2)
Average depth 27 ft (8.2 m)
Max. depth 73 ft (22 m)
Surface elevation 407 feet (124 m)
Settlements Ossipee; Freedom

Ossipee Lake is located in Carroll County in eastern New Hampshire, in the communities of Ossipee and Freedom. At 3,257 acres (1,318 ha), 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 to 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 lake is classified as a cold- and warmwater fishery, with observed species including rainbow trout, lake trout, land-locked salmon, smallmouth and largemouth bass, chain pickerel, yellow perch, white perch, sunfish, and brown bullhead.

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