The original inhabitants of the region surrounding New Hampshire's largest lake were the Winnipesaukee Indians - hence the lake's name - who were a sub-tribe of the Penacook Indians.  The Winnipesaukees fished from a village called Acquadocton, which is the site now known as the Weirs in Laconia, NH, located just to the south of Meredith.  Lake Winnipesaukee is roughly 21 miles long when measured from the northwest to the southeast.  The lake has a maximum depth of 212' and there are 365 islands of which 274 are inhabitable.  The lake is indented by several peninsulas and has 178 miles of shoreline.  The Point of View Inn has a detailed map of Lake Winnipesaukee on its living room wall.