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Best sunsets ever!

There’s a lot happening at and around spring-fed Back Lake, from boating to fishing to cycling. People live along some parts of the shoreline, which gives this lake a special feel of fun, neighborliness, cookouts and, of course, fishing. For guests of Lopstick, Back Lake’s main attraction is fishing. Secondly, the Rainbow Grille and Tavern offer good food though reservations for the dining room, made well in advance, are recommended. Sunset over Back Lake is highly touted, and well worth a look.

Vital Statistics

Surface Elevation                    1,575 feet

Area                                                 348 acres

Lenght                                            1.4 miles

Width                                             3,168 feet

Inflow                                             various cold water springs

Outflow                                         Back Lake Brook

Location                                        Five miles north of Pittsburg Village

GPS                                                  45°04′49″N 71°21′07″W

Average Depth                         7 feet

Maximum Depth                    15 feet


Fish for brook trout, rainbow trout and brown trout in Back Lake. The season begins on the fourth Saturday of April and runs through October 15. The daily limit is five fish or five pounds, whichever comes first, with no length limit. 


Fish for smallmouth Bass starting April 1. There is a two-fish limit from April 1 to May 14. From May 15 to June 15, catch and release with flies or artificial lures only. From June 16 to June 30, there is a two-fish limit. Beginning July 1, the daily limit is five fish or five pounds, whichever comes first, with no length limit.


Fish found in Back Lake: Brown Bullhead, Brown Trout, Eastern Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

Boat Launches

There are two boat launches:

  • Look for a gravel boat launch on Spooner Road. Use this launch for boats on trailers. Parking is limited.

  • On Beach Road, you’ll find a launch for car-top watercraft like kayaks and canoes. There’s also a picnic area and small beach area for swimming. Parking is limited.



Paddling, boating, swimming, fishing. Motorboats may not exceed 10 mph except between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. daily, east of a line running from Washburn’s Camp on the south to the New Hampshire Guide’s lot on the north.


Boat launches, beach for swimming

Back Lake Bathymetry Map
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