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Rattlesnake Island

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Rattlesnake Island is a large island in Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire. There are conflicting accounts of where it got its name, because its shape looks somewhat like a snake, but some say it is named for a rattlesnake population that lived there. The island is located within the town of Alton.

Rattlesnake Island is about 2 miles (3 km) long, and approximately 5 miles (8 km) around its shore. The topography varies greatly. Some sections of the island are quite steep, with the land rising dramatically from the shore (and affording spectacular views), while other sections, particularly on the "peninsula", which protrudes from the southerly side of the island, rise gradually. Rattlesnake Island is the highest (in elevation) island on Lake Winnipesaukee. The top of so-called "Mount Rattlesnake" (the top of Rattlesnake Island is not officially named) is 874 feet (266 m) high - rising 370 feet (110 m) above the mean lake level.

Due to its great height, the island affords wonderful views of the lake. There are hiking trails interconnecting all parts of the island, and these are used frequently by island residents.

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