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...Welcome to CRYSTAL LAKE and MANNING LAKE in beautiful Gilmanton Iron Works, NH.....ENJOY YOUR VISIT!...Many thanks to JEAN MARTIN for coordinating the Volunteer Lake Assessment Program......

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Frozen Manning Lake from Durrell Mt?

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Crystal Lake Dam - photo manipulation by Apogee - Thanks!

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Lake and Belknaps from Crystal Springs - Photo by Robert Kohrs - Added 3/2009
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Sailing on Manning Lake - Photo by Dave Roberts
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Crystal Lake Sunset - Photo by David Argue - added March 2009 - Thanks for contributing!
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Crystal Lake View - by David Argue - added March 2009
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Click on the map above and then click on Crystal Lake for Weekly DES lake level and precipitation readings
LINK FIXED 6/2009
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"Chillin' at the Lake" - Old Crystal Lake Postcard
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Mist at Crystal Lake - Photo contributed by Dean - Crystal Lake Snowmobilers

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Crystal Lake was formerly known as Lougee Pond. It is 441 acres and sits 623 feet above sea level. The Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program (VLAP) is conducted each year by Jean Martin (Thanks Jean!) Depth goes to 51-53 feet. It is 4.7 miles in length. Fish species include; rainbow trout, smallmouth & largemouth bass, pickerel and horned pout.
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2005 FIREWORKS! June 25 at 9:00 - Parade on the 4th - 10 a.m. at the Corners
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Manning Lake was formerly known as Guinea Pond and also as Young's Pond. It is 201 acres and sits 715 feet above sea level. No Volunteer Lake Monitoring is conducted on Manning Lake. Depth goes to 56 feet. Fish species include; brook trout, small & largemouth bass, pickerel, yellow perch and horned pout.
 
Crystal Lake dam is located at the south end of the lake in Gilmanton.

The following parameter is currently
being measured at this site:

Crystal Lake Stage (Lake Elevation)

Seasonal Fall Drawdown
Stoplogs holding back water in lake are removed after Columbus day.
The lake is normally lowered towards a goal of 3’.
During most years, the 3' drawdown is not reached.

Spring Refill
Lake is allowed to return to full pond after ice out,
usually in Mid-April. This is done by replacing stoplogs at the dam.

Summer Operations
Lake level is maintained at full pond. Full pond is equal to top
of the spillway at the dam.

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Vacation Rental on Manning Lake - click on photo for details

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Manning Lake from Hiking Trail - Photo by jg1222 - thanks!
Manning Lake is a quiet pond in a secluded section of Gilmanton. Nearly 3/5 of the shoreline is still undeveloped, and at least 1/2 the shoreline is likely to stay that way, as it is part of a Scout Reservation. There is 1 long-established cabin rental site, and its patrons, a few residents, some fishermen and, lately, the scouts are about the only regular users. Few boating controversies here - really fast boats would probably find it much too confining, and even dangerous to travel on (shallow, narrow, and short running distance) - the traditional users no doubt like it that way. (narrative by dcr)
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Looking South from Nelson Brook at Crystal Lake
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Vintage Crystal Lake Postcard
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Catching the "BIG" one on Crystal Lake - photo courtesy of Sue
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photo by Sue - Paddleboat on Crystal

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Rocky Mountain and Davis Point - 1922- CLICK to ENLARGE

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My Name is Misty - I love to ride in the boat at Crystal Lake! photo by Audrey
MISTY - Rest in Peace - 2002-2009 
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Rocky Mountain from Crystal Lake - Photo by dcr
Rocky Mt is in Alton - Crystal Lake is in Gilmanton. For the few folks who know of a rather obscure trail that leads to the summit of Rocky Mt, fine views can be enjoyed from the open ledges seen here on the mountain's SW face.
Commentary by dcr

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Chrome Postcard - Crystal Lake

  

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Crystal Lake and Manning Lake are located in the foothills of the Belknap Mountains in beautiful Gilmanton Iron Works

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Panorama with mountains and lakes labeled - by dcr - click on photo to enlarge
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