Lakes & Ponds
More About Washington's 26 Lakes and Ponds*
In 1934 the State Planning Board issued an inventory entitled “Area of Water Bodies in the State of New Hampshire.” Most of the following data on elevation and acreage of Washington Ponds are taken from this inventory.
The answer to the question, "How many ponds does Washington Have?," depends on whether private ponds, mill ponds, and ponds partly to mostly outside the town are counted.
In Let Me Show You New Hampshire, E.S. Bowles remarks that Washington has more ponds than any other New Hampshire town except Pittsburg which is six times as large (p. 95).
The following list includes what were once mill ponds, and also all ponds partly or wholly within the town (the acreage given is the acreage within Washington). It excludes private manmade ponds, though some of them are larger than Barney Pond.
The order is from the largest to the smallest, and the total acreage is 1478.71.
*This content is from Appendix C of Portrait Of a Hill Town by Ronald and Grace Jager, Washington, NH, 1977. The Book is available in the Museum Gift Shop, or our online store.
Scenic Lakes & Ponds
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Washington Lakes & Ponds
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* DHHS advises everyone to avoid eating all bass and pickerel from May Pond and Ashuelot Pond due to mercury levels.
Read More About Our Lakes & Ponds
The book Portrait of a Hill Town: A History of Washington, New Hampshire 1886 – 1976 has more information about our lakes and ponds. The book is available at the Museum Store, and online through the links below.