leisure 03.23.15

Out of Town: Lake Chargo-

Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg is pretty and all, but let's face it, what gets it on the map (or at least part-way on the map) is its crazy-long name.

Locals, for the most part, have given up and refer to it as Webster Lake. And there's a lot of disagreement about the long-form spelling. We've picked one variation and we're sticking to it.

As for the derivation, the legend is that the name means 'You fish on your side, I fish on my side, nobody fishes in the middle.' But that was almost certainly the creative work of a local newspaper writer of almost 100 years ago.

The large, spring-fed lake is in Massachusetts close to the spot where that state meets up with Connecticut and Rhode Island. You'll find a rocky beach, picnic tables, and a small-town vibe that's appealing. There's good fishing here, too.

If you're making a journey out of it, though, it's surely for bragging rights. Of course, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllanty-
in Wales should be on your list. And you'll want to go to Hell, located in Norway.


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