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Paugus Bay
Location Belknap County, New Hampshire
Coordinates 43°34′34″N 71°27′33″W / 43.57611°N 71.45917°W / 43.57611; -71.45917Coordinates: 43°34′34″N 71°27′33″W / 43.57611°N 71.45917°W / 43.57611; -71.45917
Primary inflows Lake Winnipesaukee
Primary outflows Winnipesaukee River
Basin countries United States
Max. length 4.5 mi (7.2 km)
Max. width 0.8 mi (1.3 km)
Surface area 1,227 acres (4.97 km2)
Average depth 23 ft (7.0 m)
Max. depth 80 ft (24 m)
Surface elevation 504 ft (154 m)
Islands Plummer Island; Big Island; Little Island
Settlements Laconia: Weirs Beach, Lakeport

Paugus Bay is a 1,227-acre (4.97 km2) water body located in Belknap County in the Lakes Region of central New Hampshire, United States, in the city of Laconia. A short channel at its north end connects it with Lake Winnipesaukee in the village of Weirs Beach, and a dam on its southern end separates it from Opechee Bay in the village of Lakeport. The bay is named after Chief Paugus, who fought in the Battle of Pequawket during Dummer's War. The 19th-century construction of the dam in Lakeport raised the elevation of Paugus Bay to that of Lake Winnipesaukee. Water flowing out of Paugus Bay travels down the Winnipesaukee River to the Merrimack River.

The bay is classified as a cold- and warmwater fishery, with observed species including brook trout, rainbow trout, lake trout, land-locked salmon, lake whitefish, smallmouth and largemouth bass, chain pickerel, white perch, black crappie, bluegill, and horned pout.

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