Salt water fish are huge. I mean look at Moby Dick for instance. I guess it is because they have so much room to grow in perhaps. Or maybe everything tastes better with a little salt. mRegardless the stories are there. Here is a list of the ones that didn't get away to achieve New Hampshire State records. 

New Hampshire Official Verified Record Saltwater Fish Size









Atlantic Cod


98 lbs. 12 oz.

Isle of Shoals



Alphonse Bielevich

Black Sea Bass


2 lb.,14.88 oz.

Little Bay



Lucas Watson

Bluefin Tuna


962 lbs.

Gulf of Maine



Richard Green.



21 lbs.

Great Bay



Henry S. Krook

Chinook Salmon


19 lbs. 4 oz.

Exeter River



Brian O’Connell

Coho Salmon


16 lbs. 3 oz.

Piscataqua River



Perry R. Soroko



31 lbs.

Gulf of Maine



Richard F. Hincman

Grey Triggerfish


2 lbs. 1.12 oz.

Piscataqua River



Timothy D. Moore, Jr.



10 lbs. 10.75 oz.

Gulf of Maine



George R. Koster



3 lbs.

Gulf of Maine



Donald F.X. Angerman



47 lbs.

Atlantic Ocean



Noborv Murakami, MD

Striped Bass


60 lbs.

Great Bay



Robert A. Lindholm



9 lbs. 0.06 oz.

Hampton Harbor



Marc Schloss

Winter Flounder


3 lbs. 3.68 oz.

Hampton River



Mike Radziszewski


(updated April 27, 2017)

Did the Pandemic Create Demand for Waterfront or Second Homes in New Hampshire


I have never seen a frenzie for waterfront buyers like I have seen in this real estate market. New Hampshire has for the last few years had low inventory. The change is that the Pandemic has created a demand. 

What's good for a seller is so tough for the buyers. And buyers are buying properties sight unseen, paying way over asking, waiving inspections or putting huge concessions on appraisals. Not necessarily the best for the buyer really.


We can talk about the migration trends. Are people flocking here like the birds in Spring. Or are they here to stay. Sellers think everyone from NYC are moving here. Or even Boston because they can now ZOOM up and work from a new home outside of the city. In reality the migration is real in every metropolitan area but really to the surrounding burbs. Manhattanites have moved to Brooklyn or their place in the Hamptons or Jersey City and Florida. That migration actually isn't the case so much.

I am seeing more buyers from Connecticut, New Jersey and Rhode Island and always from the Boston Area. 20 years ago, I moved here from Boston after living in Manhattan and CT for the same reasons people are coming here now. It was right after 911. I needed a life change then--but then my business at the time did not require me going into an office as I was a designer working from home. I also didn't need to be paying over $2,000 per month plus parking in rent. I bought my shack on a lake for $144k—way cheaper than rent-though I discovered what “seasonal” meant when I moved in on a day in January. It just is not too comfortable with single paned widows and little to no insulation. I had two pair of rose colored glasses on—however I also knew how to use a hammer. Apparently not any electrical tools as in the first week I blew out my computer TV and answering machine not following all the directions from my Home Depot Renovation Book.

I believe the pandemic has fast forwarded a trend that was happening already. People wanting more space. Home offices. and everything delivered. Have you seen the Malls--they are empty.

I have heard that 50% of the workers in Boston are simply not going back to an office. In the same respect I have heard that 4 Million people in this country last month have chosen simply not work at all. Not sure how that works--really for anyone or any business. I see so many signs everywhere looking for workers, with signing bonuses and way higher than minimum wage.

The frenzie I am seeing are really those who have money looking for a place they can reconnect with nature. That is what a waterfront has always been about. Most of the buyers I see are still buying a waterfront home for a second home and increasingly for a second income with hopes of gaining the VRBO or AirBNB world. I saw a 525k average house on a small average lake go for 680k in an area that never saw these kind of prices. There were at least 60 showings every 15 minutes, everyone wearing masks, and at least 23 offers mostly cash which meant there were 22 buyers going on to the next one. It did have $39,000 in rental income already in place for the summer. Amazing.

I caution buyers to think about what they are buying and the true value of it for renters to want to rent. Just like in Real Estate, Location Location Location. Turnkey is Key. And now you may need to contend with neighbors and towns restricting it.

So how long will this frenzie last? For me I see the demand staying in place. Again I am mostly talking waterfront homes. You can see on in the section on "New Listings This Week" or plug in and see properties already pending within days.

In the end it is always worth living on the water.


Investing in NH is a Safe and Healthy Bet


Investing in NH is a Safe and Healthy Bet

Having lived in New York City and Boston I have seen the dark side of living close to millions of people. I have traveled all over America, and found that New Hampshire has all the best of everything I love in life natural beauty, mountains, lakes, trees, the ocean as well as charming and historic towns. Between every town you visit you drive past lush forests, stunning views, and mountain vistas. After all, NH is covered by 86% trees with a population of just over 1.2 million people. Is it all that fresh air with 1300 lakes and beautiful country roads that calm people down. Some of the most beautiful waterfront estates in the world are here for far less than what you would spend in other New England states.

Take for instance the estate at 337 Camelot Shores in Farmington on 3 acres with over 1260 ft of shore land on 3 acres, a main house guest cabana finished barn and lush mature gardens. And who need to leave this sanctuary when you can ZOOM in style. You are close to 3 international airports, 90 minutes to Boston.

337 Camelot Shore Estate     

 Millions of Americans have relocated in 2020 because of COVID-19. New Hampshire was the beneficiary of families wanting to move here from the surrounding states as seen by the surge of new students in the schools. Family and the natural environment are major reasons people move to stay in New Hampshire. Many second homes became primary homes.The 2020 Atlas Van Lines Migration Patterns Study found of their moves to New Hampshire there was a 61.6% rate of people moving here to stay, the top two highest rate in the country.  And why not.

New Hampshire is ranked America's Safest state.

For three years in a row New Hampshire was listed as the best state to live in*.

The lowest crime rate Top State for Quality of Life by based on FBI Crime Data.

There is no income tax or sales tax.

Top two in Overall Child well being*

Highest rate high school graduation in New England at 93.5% **

Lowest rate of births among teenagers in the country. 

New Hampshire's high level of peace may be a reflection of its superior economic conditions.

Only 4.7% of state residents are living in poverty the lowest rate in the country.

New Hampshire has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country at 2.6% a strong job market.

One of the lowest rates of income inequality rate.

New Hampshire ranks first for Crime & Corrections, 2nd for Natural Environment, 3rd for Opportunity***


All these factors I believe make NH such a safe bet.

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* Annie E. Casey Foundation ** *** US News & World Report

List of towns in each county of New Hampshire

Below are links to every town website for every County in New Hampshire to get very detailed info on each town.

Feel free to contact me with any questions on properties in any town. Thank you

The towns of Belknap County NH


Alton l Barnstead l Belmont l Center Harbor l Gilford l Gilmanton l Laconia l Meredith l New Hampton

Sanbornton l Tilton


The Towns of Carroll County NH


Albany l Bartlett l Brookfield l Chatham l Conway l Eaton l Effingham l Freedom l Hale's Location l Hart's Location

Jackson l Madison l Moultonborough l Ossipee l Sandwich l Tamworth l Tuftonboro l Wakefield l Wolfeboro

Towns of Cheshire County NH





Towns of Hillsborough County NH


Amherst  l Antrim  l Bedford  l Bennington l Brookline l Deering l Francestown l Goffstown l Greenfield l Greenville l 

Hancock l Hillsborough l Hollis l Hudson l Litchfield l Lyndeborough l Manchester l Mason l Merrimack l Milford l 

Mont Vernon l Nashua l New Boston l New Ipswich l Pelham l Peterborough l Sharon l Temple l Weare l Wilton l Windsor

Towns of Rockingham County NH


Atkinson l Auburn l Brentwood l Candia l Chester l Danville l Deerfield l Derry l East Kingston  l  Epping l Exeter 

Fremont  l  Greenland l Hampstead l Hampton  l Hampton Falls l Nottingham  l Portsmouth  l  Kensington  l Raymond 

Kingston l Londonderry l New Castle  l Newfields l Newington l Newmarket l Newton l North Hampton l Northwood  l Plaistow

 Rye  l Salem l Sandown l Seabrook l South Hampton l  Stratham l Windham

Towns of Sullivan County NH


Acworth l Charlestown l Claremont l Cornish l Croydon l Goshen l Langdon l Grantham l Lempster l Newport l Plainfield l 

Springfield l Unity l Sunapee l Washington

Towns of Merrimack County NH


Allenstown l Andover l Boscawen l Bow l Bradford l Canterbury l Chichester l Concord l Danbury l Dunbarton l Epsom l Franklin l

Henniker Hill l Hooksett l Hopkinton l Loudon l New London l Newbury l Northfield l Pembroke l Pittsfield l Salisbury l

Sutton l Warner l Webster Wilmot

Towns of Strafford County NH


BarringtonDover l Durham l Farmington l Lee l Madbury l Middleton l Milton l New Durham l Rochester l Rollinsford l

Somersworth l Strafford

Towns of Grafton County NH


Ashland l Bethlehem l Bristol l Canaan l Enfield l Hanover l Lebanon* l Lincoln l Lisbon l Littleton l Mountain Lakes

North Haverhill l North Woodstock l Plymouth l Woodsville

Towns of Coos County NH


Berlin l Carroll l Clarksville l Colebrook l Columbia  l Dalton l Dummer l Errol l Gorham l Jefferson l Lancaster l Milan
Northumberland l Pittsburg l Randolph l Shelburne l Stark l Stewartstown l Stratford l Whitefield

Lakes Region of New Hampshire Towns and Lakes

Here are addresses, numbers and links to information for the towns in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. For more information please feel free to call me anytime on specific events. I have also listed the lakes in each town


Town of Alton

PO Box 659
Alton, NH 
(603) 875-0102

Half Moon, Hills Pond, Sunset Lake, Winnipesaukee


Town of Alexandria

47A Washburn Road

Alexandria, NH 03222

(603) 744-3288

Newfound Lake


Town of Ashland
PO Box 517
Ashland, NH 
(603) 968-4432

Big Squam, Little Squam


Town of Belmont
PO Box 310
Belmont, NH 
(603) 267-8300

Silver Lake


Town of Bridgewater

5 School Street,

Bristol, New NH 03222

(603) 744-3354

Newfound Lake


Town of Bristol

5 School Street,

Bristol, New NH 03222

(603) 744-3354

Newfound Lake


Town of Center Harbor
PO Box 140
Center Harbor, NH 
(603) 253-4561

Squam, Waukewan, Winnipesaukee, Winona


Town of Gilford
47 Cherry Valley Road
Gilford, NH 
(603) 527-4700



Town of Gilmanton

503 Province Road

PO Box 550

Gilmanton, NH 03237

Crystal Lake, Sunset Lake


Town of Holderness
US Route 3
Holderness, NH 
(603) 968-2145

Squam, Little Squam, White Oak

Town of Laconia 
45 Beacon Street East

Laconia, NH 03246

(603) 524-3877

Opechee, Winnisquam, Winnipesaukee


Town of Meredith
41 Main Street
Meredith, NH 
(603) 279-4538

Pemigewasset, Waukewan, Wicwas, Winnisquam, Winnipesaukee


Town of Moultonborough
PO Box 139
Moultonborough, NH 
(603) 476-2347

Kanasatka, Squam, Winnipesaukee


Town of New Durham

4 Main Street

New Durham NH 03855

(603) 859-2091



Town of New Hampton
6 Pinnacle Hill Road
New Hampton, NH 
(603) 744-3559

Pemigewasset, Waukewan, Winona


Town of New London

375 Main Street

New London, NH  03257

(603) 526-4821

Pleasant Lake, Sunapee


Town of Sunapee

23 Edgemont Road 

Sunapee, NH 03782

(603) 763-2212

Lake Sunapee 



Town of Tilton
257 Main Street
Tilton, NH 
(603) 286-4521

Silver Lake, Winnisquam, Winnipesaukee, 


Town of Tuftonboro
PO Box 98
Center Tuftonboro, NH
(603) 569-4539

Dan Hole Pond, Lower Beach Pond, Mirror Lake, Winnipesaukee


Town of Wolfeboro
84 South Main Street
Wolfeboro, NH 
(603) 569-8161

Beach Pond, Crystal Lake, Mirror Lake, Rust Pond, Sargent's Pond, Wentworth, WInnipesaukee

NH Bills and Regulations impacting Waterfront Homes and Lakes

NH Bills impacting Waterfront Homes and Lakes

Septic Inspections 

House Bill 426 relative to shoreland septic systems is strongly supported by NH LAKES as an opportunity to improve water quality in New Hampshire’s lakes by identifying underperforming and uninspected septic systems. The proposed bill requires assessment at the time of sale for certain septic systems on properties within the developed waterfront. The bill would require inspection of septic systems installed prior to the state permitting process, or systems whose approval is over 20 years old, and copies would need be filed with the local health official and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.

Information on this provided by NH Lakes 

Michelle Davis, Advocacy Program Coordinator

New Hampshire Record Sales in 2020


This just came out from the NHAR on Sales of homes in New Hampshire for 2020. It was the highest growth ever with days on market significantly lower and Prices higher and still a good time to sell. Waterfront Homes always fare better as well. 

Please call so I can show you what I can do for you. 


January 8, 2021

2020 a record year in NH housing market

The year 2020 was an historic one in terms of New Hampshire home sales, as single family residential unit sales, median price and sales volume hit all-time highs while inventory and supply hit their lowest marks in at least 16 years.

The median price for single family residential properties in the state was $335,000, a 12 percent jump from the previous high-water mark of $300,000, which came just the year before, in 2019. It was the ninth consecutive year of year-over-year median price increases in New Hampshire and the largest single-year jump since NHAR began tracking median price in 1998.

Here are a few additional noteworthy data points from the year-end report:

  • Inventory continued to dwindle in 2020. Months supply, meaning the number of months it would take to sell off current inventory at the average rate of sales for the last 12 months, dropped to 0.9 months in December, a 59 percent drop since December 2019, while last year’s average was 1.8 months (a 43 percent decrease). Those are the lowest numbers in that category since NHAR started tracking it in 2005.
  • The 18,449 single family unit sales was a 4.6 percent increase from 2019 and marked the first time the state has sold more than 18,000 homes in at least 23 years.
  • Every month in 2020 saw a single family residential inventory decline from the same month in 2019, and the 12-month average of 2,761 was 42 percent below last year and the lowest in at least 15 years. The 1,383 homes on the market at the end of December was the fewest in any month since at least 2005, and by comparison is roughly an eighth of the inventory that was on the market at the end of December 2010.
  • The total dollar volume of single family residential sales eclipsed the $7 billion mark for the first time, at $7.2 billion, more than $1 billion above the the previous high.

For the complete December and year-end 2020 report, click here.
For statewide and county level data from 1998 to 2020,
click here.
For fourth-quarter 2020 data, click here.

Guide to Senior Living in New Hampshire

Guide to Senior Living in New Hampshire

As of July 2019, New Hampshire had just under 1.36 million residents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Approximately 18.1% of these residents were aged 65 and older. Although the total population of New Hampshire is expected to decline over the next 20 years, officials project that seniors will make up nearly 26% of the state’s population by 2040. The Granite State regularly ranks as one of the top states for older adults because it has the lowest percentage of seniors living below the poverty line. Seniors living in New Hampshire don’t pay state tax on their retirement benefits or monthly Social Security payments, making it an excellent place to retire.

Due to its location in New England, New Hampshire has a relatively high cost of living. As a result, seniors can expect to pay higher costs for care than seniors across the country. As an example, assisted living in New Hampshire costs an average of $7,021 per month, which is nearly $3,000 per month more than the national average.

This guide provides information about the different types of senior care available in New Hampshire, a look at the average costs of care and information about programs available to help seniors cover the costs of senior living in the state.


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    Trout Fishing in New Hampshire

    Trout Fishing Records

    Trout fishing in New Hampshire is in every type and color from a graceful multi-colored brook trout, a jumping rainbow trout or feisty brown trout, there is a pond or stream within a decent driving distance for most anglers professional or novice.  

    New Hampshire is home to a number of trout ponds that are managed strictly for trout and are closed to ice fishing.  Lucas Pond it Northwood is an example. Ponds managed for trout may be stocked with one or more species, with age classes ranging from yearlings (8-12 inches) to 2-year olds (12-15 inches), with weights up to 1-1.5 pounds!

    There is over 12,000 miles of stocked trout rivers and streams available for anglers provided by the state's successful and generous fish stocking program.  Wild trout do exist and just awaiting for the angler who is willing to take a walk through uncharted forests to get to them with nearly 50 remote trout ponds that New Hampshire Fish and Game annually stocks with fingerlings  via helicopter.  These fingerling brook trout often grow to 8-10 inches by their second growing season, and it's not unusual to pull in a monster 15 inches or longer. Trophy, remote-pond brook trout (three or more years old, some in excess of 17 inches) can be caught in select backcountry waters for the serious.

    For all the record holding fish in New Hampshire that didn't get away Click Here

    Below is a chart of lakes and ponds stocked with Trout and open year round.

    NH Lakes and Ponds Stocked with Trout and Open Year Round
    Akers Pond, Big Errol Coos Rainbow Trout
    Armington Lake Piermont/Warren Grafton Rainbow Trout
    Beaver Lake Derry Rockingham Brook Trout / Rainbow Trout
    Beech Pond, Lower Tuftonboro/Wolfeboro Carroll Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Bog Pond Campton Grafton Brook Trout / Rainbow Trout
    Bow Lake Strafford Strafford Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Canaan Street Lake Canaan Grafton Rainbow Trout
    Canobie Lake Windham Rockingham Brook Trout / Rainbow Trout
    Catamount Pond Allenstown Merrimack Brook Trout
    Cedar Pond Milan Coos Rainbow Trout
    Chocorua Lake Tamworth Carroll Rainbow Trout
    Christine Lake Stark Coos Brown Trout
    Clark Pond Canaan Grafton Rainbow Trout
    Conservation Pond Wentworth Grafton Brook Trout
    Copps Pond Tuftonboro Carroll Brook Trout
    Crystal Lake Gilmanton Belknap Rainbow Trout
    Crystal Lake Eaton Carroll Brown Trout
    Crystal Lake Enfield Grafton Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Cummins Pond Dorchester Grafton Brown Trout
    Dan Hole Pond, Little Ossipee Carroll Brook Trout
    Davis Pond Madison Carroll Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Deering Reservoir Deering Hillsborough Rainbow Trout
    Durand Pond Randolph Coos Brook Trout
    Fish Pond Columbia Coos Brook Trout / Rainbow Trout
    Forest Lake Winchester Cheshire Brook Trout / Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Franklin Pierce Lake Hillsborough Hillsborough Rainbow Trout / Brown trout
    French Pond Haverhill Grafton Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Gould Pond Hillsborough Hillsborough Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Gustin Pond Marlow Cheshire  Brook Trout / Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Higher Ground Pond Wentworth Grafton Brook Trout
    Highland Lake Andover Merrimack Brook Trout / Rainbow Trout
    Horace Lake Weare Hillsborough Brown Trout
    Hutchins Mill Pond Effingham Carroll Brook Trout
    Iona Lake Albany Carroll Rainbow Trout
    Island Pond Washington Sullivan Brown Trout
    Island Pond, Big Derry Rockingham Brook Trout / Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Joe Coffin Pond Sugar Hill Grafton Brook Trout / Rainbow Trout
    Kezar Lake Sutton Merrimack Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Kolelemook Lake Springfield Sullivan Brown Trout
    Laurel Lake Fitzwilliam Cheshire Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Loon Lake Freedom Carroll Rainbow Trout
    Lougee Pond Barnstead Belknap Brown Trout
    Lovell Lake Wakefield Carroll Rainbow Trout
    Manning Lake Gilmanton Belknap Brook Trout
    Martin Meadow Pond Lancaster Coos Rainbow Trout
    Mascoma Lake Enfield/Lebanon Grafton Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Massabesic Lake Auburn/Manchester Rockingham Brook Trout / Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Mill Pond Ossipee Carroll Brook Trout
    Mirror Lake Woodstock Grafton Brook Trout / Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Moody Pond Ossipee Carroll Brook Trout
    Newell Pond Alstead Cheshire Brook Trout / Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Ogontz Lake Lyman Grafton Rainbow Trout
    Opechee Lake Laconia Belknap Rainbow Trout
    Pea Porridge, Big Madison Carroll Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Pea Porridge, Little Madison Carroll Brown Trout
    Pearl Lake Lisbon Grafton Rainbow Trout
    Pleasant Lake Deerfield Rockingham Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Post Pond Lyme Grafton Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Pout Pond Belmont Belknap Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    South Pond Stark Coos Brook Trout / Rainbow Trout
    Stinson Lake Rumney Grafton Rainbow Trout
    Streeter Pond Sugar Hill Grafton Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Sunapee Lake, Little New London Merrimack Rainbow Trout
    Tarleton Lake Piermont Grafton Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Tewksbury Pond Grafton Grafton Brook Trout / Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Tower Hill Pond Auburn/Candia Rockingham Brook Trout / Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Warren Lake Alstead Cheshire Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Waukewan Lake Meredith Belknap Rainbow Trout
    Webster Lake Franklin Merrimack Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Wentworth Lake Wolfeboro Carroll Rainbow Trout
    White Lake Tamworth Carroll Brook Trout
    Whitten Pond Tuftonboro Carroll Brook Trout
    Willand Pond Somersworth Strafford Rainbow Trout
    Winnepocket Lake Webster Merrimack Rainbow Trout
    Winona Lake New Hampton Belknap Brook Trout / Rainbow Trout


    For more information about the great fishing in New Hampshire visit

    For all the record holding fish in New Hampshire that didn't get away Click Here

    Video on Fishing in NH


    Here is a video on fishing by the state .


    I'm not the only loon on the lake.

    Mug on Duncan Lake Ossipee NH 

    Duncan Lake, Effingham NH  

     For years I have given my clients the coveted "I'm not the only Loon on the Lake" mug. I am always requested to give 2 of these wonderful 13 oz mugs so as not to created any arguments. 100s of these mugs have been given to clients over the years, though I have been remiss to take photos. I am looking for photos of all who have received one to add here. The more creative the better. Great to see you and your lake in the shot as well. So hopefully you can help. 

    If you would like to become a lucky recipient of such a prized item, just contact me to buy or sell a waterfront home in New Hampshire. 

    You can purchase all kinds of inspired items at my store at Zazzle.

    Proceeds help to promote and support the welfare of my favorite bird, teh loon and the lakes they live in. 

    Thank you so much.


    Mug on Long Pond, Northwood  Long Pond, Northwood

      Cocheco River, Rochester NH

    Mug on Bow Lake Strafford NH Bow Lake, Strafford NH 

     Mug on Ice, Lake Wentworth Wolfeboro NH Fernald's Basin, Wolfeboro.

     Mug on Lake WInnipesaukee Lake Winnipesaukee, Moultonborough NH

     Loon Hat in Thailand


    Fall Drawn down of NH Lakes

     The 2020 Fall Drawdown of Lakes

    Every year the state will draw down the level of many lakes in New Hampshire. This is done to allow for spring runoff and prevent ice damming in the winter. This protects the dams that hold back the lake levels. It is also a great time to clean up the lake shore by your property. 

    (in feet)
    Akers Pond Greenough Brook Errol Oct. 12 1'
    Angle Pond Bartlett Brook Sandown Oct. 12 2'
    Ayers Lake Tributary to Isinglass River Barrington Oct. 12 3'
    Ballard Pond Taylor Brook Derry Oct. 12 2'
    Barnstead Parade Suncook River Barnstead Oct. 12 1.5'
    Bow Lake Isinglass River Strafford Oct. 12 4'
    Burns Lake Tributary to Johns River Whitefield Oct. 12 1.3'
    Chesham Pond Minnewawa Brook Harrisville Oct. 12 2'
    Crystal Lake Crystal Lake Brook Enfield Oct. 12 4'
    Crystal Lake Suncook River Gilmanton Oct. 12 3'
    Deering Reservoir Piscataquog River Deering Oct. 12 4'
    East Washington Pond Beards Brook Washington Oct. 12 2'
    Glen Lake/Greggs Falls Piscataquog River Goffstown Oct. 31 1.5'
    Goose Pond Goose Pond Brook Canaan Oct. 12 7.5'
    Grafton Pond1 Bicknell Brook Grafton Oct. 1 8'
    Great East Lake Salmon Falls River Wakefield Oct. 1 3'
    Great Pond Powwow River Kingston Oct. 12 1'
    Highland Lake North Branch Contoocook River Stoddard Oct. 12 3'
    Horace Lake (aka Weare Reservoir)2 Piscataquog River Weare Oct. 30 5'
    Horn Pond Salmon Falls River Wakefield Oct. 5 1.5'
    Howe Reservoir3 Tributary to Minnewawa Brook Dublin Sept. 8 6'
    Island Pond North Branch Contoocook River Stoddard Oct. 12 3'
    Lake Kanasatka Tributary to Lake Winnipesaukee Moultonboro Nov. 5 1.5'
    Kezar Lake Lane River Sutton Oct. 1 2'
    Kingswood Lake  Churchill Brook Brookfield Oct. 12 4'
    Little Sunapee Lake Kidder Brook New London Oct. 12 1'
    Lovell Lake  Branch River Wakefield Oct. 12 3'
    Mascoma Lake4 Mascoma River Lebanon Oct. 12 3'
    Mendums Pond Little River Nottingham Nov. 9 7'
    Milton Three Ponds4 Salmon Falls River Milton Oct. 12 3'
    Newfound Lake Newfound River  Bristol Sept. 1 2.0'
    Nay Pond Dead River Milan Oct. 1 7.5 inches
    Nippo Pond Nippo Brook Barrington Oct. 12 2'
    North River Pond North River Nottingham Oct. 12 1'
    Northwood Lake Little Suncook River Epsom Oct. 24 6'
    Opechee Winnipesaukee RIver Laconia Oct. 17 5'
    Ossipee Lake4 Ossipee River Effingham Oct. 12 3.25'
    Pawtuckaway Lake Pawtuckaway River Nottingham Oct. 12 4.8'
    Pequawket Lake Tributary to Swift River Conway Nov. 2 2'
    Pine River Pond Pine River Wakefield Oct. 12 8'
    Pleasant Lake Tributary to Little Suncook River Deerfield Oct. 12 2.70'
    Shellcamp Pond Academy Brook Gilmanton Oct. 12 2.2'
    Silver Lake Minnewawa Brook Harrisville Oct. 12 3'
    Squam Lake 4 Squam River Ashland Oct. 14 2.5'
    Sunapee Lake4 Sugar River Sunapee Oct. 14 2.5'
    Suncook Lakes Suncook River Barnstead Oct. 5 5'
    Sunset Lake Suncook River Alton Oct. 12 7'
    Trickling Falls Powwow River East Kingston Nov. 2 1'
    Union Meadows5 Branch River Wakefield Oct. 5 4'
    Webster Lake Chance Brook Franklin Oct. 12 2'
    Whittemore Lake Tributary to Contoocook River Bennington Oct. 12 1.5'
    Winnisquam Lake Winnipesaukee River Belmont Oct. 17 2'
    1. Grafton Pond will be drawn down 8 feet again this year for a two to three-week period for some minor maintenance of the dam. This drawdown will start on October 5 and the lake level will be raised to the normal two-foot drawdown level after work on the dam is complete.
    2. The drawdown of Horace Lake will begin on October 30 this year, which is approximately two weeks later than normal.
    3. The drawdown of Howe Reservoir will start in early September for maintenance work on the dam.
    4. These larger lakes generally do not reach their full drawdowns until mid or late March. The values listed above are generally the maximum levels reached, although during any given year the levels reached can be either higher or lower due to weather conditions.
    5. Union Meadows Dam will have a drawdown to facilitate some minor maintenance that needs to be done and to facilitate an inspection of the upstream side of the dam. As soon as work all work is complete, the lake level will be allowed to return to full pond.

    The depth of drawdown listed above is not from the current level, but is from the normal full pond level. Because of the drought conditions the state has been experiencing through the summer, the levels of many of these lakes are already a foot or more below full. As a result, NHDES will not be making its normal special releases from Horace Lake and Northwood Lake for downstream recreation this year, but intends to resume them next fall. However, on Saturday, October 31, a release will be made from Greggs Falls Dam in Goffstown to provide an opportunity for canoeing and kayaking in the Piscataquog River downstream. The release will begin at 11:00 AM.

    Lake drawdowns are conducted each fall to reduce winter ice damage to shoreline properties and to reduce spring flooding. Drawdowns also give property owners an opportunity to conduct any necessary repairs to their waterfront property, provided they first secure a permit from the DES Wetlands Bureau at (603) 271-2147.

    Generally, lake levels are allowed to return to the normal full pond level in the spring. However, the drawdowns of Opechee and Winnisquam Lakes, which occur on a two-year interval, last only approximately two weeks. This year, the lowering of Opechee Lake will begin on October 17, and it will likely take two days to pass the water from Opechee Lake downstream through Winnisquam Lake. Therefore, the level of Winnisquam Lake is not expected to drop noticeably until October 19. On October 30, flows at Lakeport Dam will be increased to refill Opechee Lake, and the level of Winnisquam Lake should begin to rise late in the day on November 1.

    Not included in this schedule is Lake Winnipesaukee. Unlike the other lakes in this schedule, Lake Winnipesaukee is not purposely drawn down in the fall. Instead, in the fall after Columbus Day, the releases from Lakeport Dam are reduced from a normal minimum of 250 cubic feet per second (cfs) to a flow between 30 and 50 cfs for a period of up to two weeks to allow for maintenance of the dams and hydropower facilities on the Winnipesaukee River. The flow of 30 to 50 cfs is the minimum flow needed to maintain the downstream aquatic life during this period. This year the reduction will be begun on October 17.

    By the middle of the fall, Lake Winnipesaukee is, on average, 15 inches below its springtime full level due to evaporation and releases from the lake that have occurred over the course of the summer. Because of this summer's drought, the level of the lake is already at that elevation. When the amount of water released from the dam is reduced after Columbus Day, the lake level is not expected to drop significantly for the remainder of the month of October and, if drought conditions ease in the fall and winter, it is expected to remain relatively stable through the month of December absent any major rainfall events. Depending on the amount of snow on the ground in the winter, the lake level may be lowered further beginning in January to a depth of two feet below the normal full level.

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