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Balch Lake

This 577 acre lake is located on the borders of Acton and West Newfield, ME, and Wakefield, NH, with a watershed area of 14.3 square miles. Balch Lake is also referred to as Balch Pond or Stump Pond. The lake is currently classified as impaired due to high levels of mercury, invasive aquatic plants (milfoil, in this case) and low pH. Balch Lake receives water from Belleau Lake, Woodman Lake, and Sandy Pond and it empties into the Little Ossipee River. For more information, check out the Balch Lake Improvement Committee (BLIMP).

Lake Statistics

Towns: Wakefield, NH, Newfield, ME & Acton, ME
Counties: Carroll-NH & York-ME
Latitude: 43°37’01″N
Longitude: 70°59’05″W
Watershed: Saco River
Elevation: 557 ft
Lake Area: 284.91ha (704  acres)
Maximum Depth: 14.1 m (46.3 ft)
Volume: 6,866,000 m3 (1,813,805,311 gallons)
Average Depth: 2.9 m (9.5 ft)
Watershed Area: 2583.6 ha (9.98 square miles)
Shoreline: 23,500 m (14.6 mi)
Flushing Rate: 2.2 flushes/year
Aquatic Invasive Plants: Variable-leaf milfoil (confirmed 2004)
Fishery Type: Warmwater
Fish Species: Largemouth bass, chain pickerel, brown bullhead, black crappie, yellow perch & pumpkinseed

Sources: NH Department of Environmental Services, NH Fish & Game 

 

WHAT’S AWWA UP TO ON BALCH LAKE?

Youth Conservation Corps projects

Hosting events and workshops of interest to lake associations and their members

Lake Statistics

Towns: Wakefield, NH, Newfield, ME & Acton, ME
Counties: Carroll-NH & York-ME
Latitude: 43°37’01″N
Longitude: 70°59’05″W
Watershed: Saco River
Elevation: 557 ft
Lake Area: 284.91ha (704  acres)
Maximum Depth: 14.1 m (46.3 ft)
Volume: 6,866,000 m3 (1,813,805,311 gallons)
Average Depth: 2.9 m (9.5 ft)
Watershed Area: 2583.6 ha (9.98 square miles)
Shoreline: 23,500 m (14.6 mi)
Flushing Rate: 2.2 flushes/year
Aquatic Invasive Plants: Variable-leaf milfoil (confirmed 2004)
Fishery Type: Warmwater
Fish Species: Largemouth bass, chain pickerel, brown bullhead, black crappie, yellow perch & pumpkinseed

Sources: NH Department of Environmental Services, NH Fish & Game 

 

WHAT’S AWWA UP TO ON BALCH LAKE?

Youth Conservation Corps projects

Hosting events and workshops of interest to lake associations and their members

Balch Lake

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