This is Lake Chaubunagungamaug according to the U.S. Department of the Interior. Alternatively, it is also Lake Chargoggaggoggmancogmanhoggagogg.
For many of us, it’s Webster Lake. There are many versions of the lake’s Native name and spelling. There are even more versions of what the name means. I won’t attempt a meaning.
The lake gained importance locally (to the best of my admittedly limited knowledge) because it was conveniently located to several tribes in the region.
It was — and still is a popular place for swimming and relaxing in the summer. These days, it boasts a beach, marina, picnic tables, and other amenities. It is one of the largest bodies of water in the Blackstone Valley, it’s a favorite spot to spend a warm summer afternoon.