The Carry LbNA # 24478
|Placed Date||Aug 12 2006|
Old Indian Portage
Centuries ago, various Indian tribes portaged their canoes across the peninsula where this letterbox is located on their annual summer trek from the northern shores of Lake Winnipesaukee to points south. Lake Winnipesaukee is a New Hampshire treasure!
Lake Winnipesaukee Facts
• Means "beautiful water in high place". A second interpretation from Indian folklore is "The smile of the great spirit"
• 6 mapped shipwrecks
• 55,685 acres of water, 240 miles of shoreline touching 8 towns (Alton, Center Harbor, Gilford, Laconia, Meredith, Moultonboro, Tuftonboro, Wolfeboro)
• 625 billion gallons of water sourced from over 60 mountain streams and natural underwater springs
• 270 islands, largest is 750 acres
• Elevation 504 feet above sea level, located in the foothills of the White Mountains and surrounded by 3 mountain ranges, the Ossipee Mountains, Belknap Mountains and the Sandwich Range.
• Deepest point is 213 feet, Average depth is 43 feet
• 28 miles long
• Clarity in Wolfeboro Bay is 25 feet
• Freezes over between late December and early January.
Official ice out is declared when the M/S Mount Washington can reach all 4 of its ports without touching ice. This usually occurs during April. The earliest recorded ice out was March 28th, 1921 and the latest was May 12th, 1888. The M/S Mount Washington is a 230 foot cruise ship offering daytime scenic cruises or evening dinner dance cruises for 1250 people. The M/S Mount Washington has a rich history dating back to 1872. This cruise is a wonderful way to appreciate Lake Winnipesaukee. For more info, visit www.cruisenh.com.
Start downtown in “the oldest summer resort in America.” At the corner of South Main Street and Railroad Avenue, you will see a landmark store called “Black’s Gift Shop and Paper Store” (gray building with yellow awnings). From Black’s, proceed north on Route 109 up hill for 9/10ths of a mile. At the top of the hill, you will see a cemetery on your right. Turn left opposite the cemetery on Forest Road. Proceed 1 mile down a hill until you see a public beach on your right. Turn in and park in the dirt lot. The water you see in front of you is the Winter Harbor area of Lake Winnipesaukee. The beach is called Carry Beach. If you are visiting this beach in the warmer months, be sure to bring your bathing suit.
Walk to the parking lot entrance and, with your back to Winter Harbor, turn to the corner fence post to your right. Counting the corner post as #1, count 28 posts along the road at the back of the beach. At the 28th post, you should see a break in the fence. This break allows people to portage their canoes and kayaks from Winter Harbor, across Forest Road, through a path, to the area of Lake Winnipesaukee known as Jockey Cove. This portage allows paddlers to bypass the large peninsula known as Wolfeboro Neck just as the native indians did long ago. Look across the road and you will see a large rock to the left of the portage path. Be careful of cars as you cross the road. There is a plaque on this rock which you should read to appreciate the history of the area. Directly behind the rock is a birch tree. The letterbox is hidden at the base of the birch tree underneath rocks and sticks. Please be discreet, especially on a busy summer day, and carefully replace the letterbox as you found it.
Enjoy this beautiful spot! The sunsets can be spectacular.
When you depart, turn left back on to Forest Road and then take your first paved right on Sewall Road. Sewall Road is a hilly road that winds for three miles along the lake and ends back in downtown. Finally, be sure to have an ice cream at the Bailey Bubble (located across from the side of Black’s on Railroad Avenue). Bailey’s has some of the best ice cream and homemade hot fudge in the USA.
We hope you enjoy your trip to Wolfeboro!
For an Abenaki Indian story, go to http://www.abenakination.org/gluskonba.html