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Manning Lake Anglers - May 2008 - Photo by dcr
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Guinea Ridge Road leading from Crystal to Manning
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A view to the NW from Manning Lake, showing the westernmost peaks of the Belknap Range. Near the far right you can see Moulton Valley, the largest and deepest valley of the range, created by Manning Lake on its south side, Swett and Piper Mts on its west side, Mt Belkanp on the north, and the very large Suncook Mt (not tall but with a base covering a very large land mass) on the east side. This valley played a large role in the agricultural past of the area - in recent times it has been important primarily to wildlife and for forestry. Manning Lake is more pristine than most water bodies of central NH, being very lightly developed - more than half the shoreline is placed in a conservation easement that should keep it essentially wild and natural for a very long time.
Photo by Dave Roberts (dcr) Thanks Dave!

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Manning Lake in Fall with Shannon Mt. in Background - Photo by Dave Roberts
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Manning Lake from Hiking Trail - Photo by JG1222

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from "Quiet Water " New Hampshire and Vermont - 2nd Edition - Canoe and Kayak Guide - John Hayes and Alex Wilson - Appalachian Mountain Club Books - Boston, MA - 2001
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Manning Lake from the Hiking Trail - photo by mcdude

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CLICK HERE for CAMP BELL Scout Reservation

One of the best entries to Belknap Mountain hiking is at the Camp Bell Scout Reservation Hidden Valley Camp on Manning Lake. Plenty of parking. (and a boat launch) Hiking Map below.... 

Click here for hiking map....

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Manning Lake is in Gilmanton. The mountain in the right background is Shannon Mt. Most of the land seen here is part of the Hidden Valley Boy Scout Reservation, which occupies most of the middle third of the Belknap Range. That's 3500 acres that the public has access to through a conservation easement held by the state. (photo and narrative by Dave Roberts -dcr)
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The Calm Waters of Manning Lake - Photo by JG1222
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Beach Chairs at Marshall Cottages on Manning - Have a seat! by JG1222

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"Chillin' at the Boat Ramp" - Summer 2005

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From Boulder Trail on Belknap Mt. showing Winni, Crystal and Manning - by dcr
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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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