Life on Smaller Lakes

Ice Out on Lake Winnipesaukee

Ice out on Lake Winnipesaukee New HampshireEvery year on Lake Winnipesaukee,

Ice-Out.com is devoted to progressive aerial photos of the ice receding on Lake Winnipesaukee. It's a co-operative volunteer effort between Emerson Aviation (It's Dave Emerson who officially calls ice-out each year) and the great aerial photographer I have had the pleasure of meeting, Bill Hemmel of http://www.aerialphotonh.com/ .  Here you can also see and purchase some of the finest aerial photography in the state. 

"Ice-out" does not mean that all of the ice is gone. It is actually the moment when the M/S Mount Washington could cruise to all five of it's ports: Alton Bay, Center Harbor, Weirs Beach, Meredith and Wolfeboro. The earliest recorded ice-out (in 135 years) was March 18, 2016! The latest was the very cold winter on May 12, 1888.

Always check out the progress on Lake Winnipesaukee on Ice-Out.com

As for other lakes in New Hampshire, the NH DES VLAP began tracking Lake ice-in and ice-out dates in 2011 as there was no central repository for this information in New Hampshire. Many New Hampshire lakes have historical ice out records dating back to the early 1900's, Lakes Sunapee and Winnipesaukee to the 1880's, but not as much data exists for ice-in records. Tracking both ice-in and ice-out allows the determination of total ice cover days which is another important part of tracking physical, chemical and biological changes to lakes over time. With the erratic weather conditions experienced in recent years, the information can also help track climatological shifts and trends.

Here is a link for detailed Ice-in and Ice-out dates for other lakes. 

http://www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wmb/vlap/ice-in-out.htm

 

Whatever you do don't walk, drive on or take a snowmobile on any frozen lake without knowing how safe it is to do so. That is another story for sure. 

 

Thank you

Michael Travis

 

Free Fishing Days in New Hampshire

New Hampshire offers two free fishing days each year, so make plans to get out and cast a line with family and friends.  Free fishing days are offered on:

  • The first Saturday in June, and
  • The third Saturday in January.

NOTEPersons participating in a fishing tournament must still hold a license, even on free fishing day.

Free Fishing Day Rules:

• State residents and nonresidents alike can fish any inland water - or saltwater - in New Hampshire that day without a fishing license.

• Note that season dates, bag limits and all other fishing regulations must be followed on Free Fishing Day.

For details on fishing rules, consult the New Hampshire Freshwater Fishing Digest.

 

Read more fishing information - stocking reports, tackle tips, access sites, lake depths and fishing reports from across the state. And check out our regional fishing brochures, with suggestions on where to fish from the shoreline, currently available for Manchester/Nashua, the North Country, southwestern New Hampshire, the Lakes Region, and the seacoast.

 

If you get hooked on Free Fishing Day, enjoy the fun year round. Licenses are available online or from any of 250 friendly local license agents statewide. You don't need a license if you are under the age 16 in New Hampshire. 

 

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Morning in America - on Long Pond - Northwood NH

Morning again in America, on Long Pond in Northwood, New Hampshire, Morning begins, like on any of the 1300 or so lakes & ponds in this state, as a quiet opening act where you begin to hear the birds come alive, the subtle ripples of water made by ducks floating, the fish jumping, or the occasional kayaker's paddle.  Time stands still here - even in motion. So can call me to find yourself in a lake home as special as the lake is. 603-303-2599

 

Morning in America -- on Long Pond from Waterfront Agent on Vimeo.

Life on Long Pond creates Life Long Memories

 

I have lived on Long Pond since 2001 and know it to be a hidden Gem. There are 1300 lakes in New Hampshire and 11 are called "Long Pond". 

The first question I get is what is a difference between a lake and a pond--in New Hampshire it simply might be the spelling. There are 250 acre ponds and 100 acer lakes. No real explanation

You see, this Long Pond I am talking about is around 100 acres--so not a puddle but not a huge lake.  It is a quiet lake really--Not inundated with jetskies and powerboats. You will see kayaks, beaver, deer, and a few loons--and I am referring to the bird types. It is also I am told over 120 feet deep in one part, spring fed very clean and filled with fish. People here have come back for many summers and now there are many more year round residents. Afterall Northwood has Coe Brown Academy which is a highly rated hich school--really a private school all the kids go to in town.  It is also known as antique Alley--and centrally located between Concord and Portsmouth BManchester Airport and the White Mountains all within an hour.  For those weekenders only 90 minutes to Boston.  Here is a wonderful example of a perfect Long Pond Getaway.

   

When you drive down the winding private road through a Model Tree Forest all of your stresses go away. Long Pond is 100 acre spring fed very deep very clean pristine private lake unspoiled and under developed with 3 islands, resident loons, beaver and everything Mother Nature can provide. This cabin is the ideal getaway with privacy and a huge Association sandy beach you can call your own most of the time.  Inside you enjoy the benefits of an enclosed porch, outdoor deck. Inside there is an ample kitchen and living area, 3 bedrooms and enclosed porch newly renovated kitchen and full bath. Below is a large open plan basement for all of your tools and toys.  There is also a very well established association. Come home to where people can only dream of vacationing. Get away from it all yet be close to everything you need. Within 45 minutes of Gunstock, Concord, Portsmouth, Lake Winnipesaukee, Manchester Airport and 90 minutes to Boston.

Enjoy life as it should be.  
      -- Michael Travis