About the Lake Sunapee Watershed

WHAT IS A WATERSHED?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a watershed as the land surface area that drains to a common waterway, such as a stream, lake, estuary, wetland, aquifer or even the ocean.

The Lake Sunapee watershed includes all of the land surface that drains into Lake Sunapee. All told, the watershed area is spread throughout six towns - Newbury, Springfield, Sunapee, New London, Sutton and Goshen. 

The watershed area is approximately 47 square miles and includes the watersheds of a number of smaller water bodies such as Little Lake Sunapee, Otter Pond, Baptist Pond, Star Lake, Chalk Pond, Mountainview Lake and others.

The Lake Sunapee watershed is part of the larger Sugar River watershed, which is part of the much larger Connecticut River watershed. That means Sunapee waters eventually flow into Long Island Sound.