Summer is over?!
September 24, 2016
Dear Lake Friend,
According to the calendar, summer 2016 officially ended this past Thursday. With that said, we have received many reports that the lakes are still warm enough for swimming and boats are still cruising the waters - for some, it's not yet time for summer to end!

If you are out on a lake this autumn, please be safe, keeping an eye out for rocks and other navigational hazards as water levels are unusually low. And, if you see any strange growths of plants, animals, or algae, please let us know.

No matter where this first week of autumn finds you, we invite you kick back and take few minutes to read this issue of Shorelines. 
State Announces
2016 Fall Drawdown of Lakes

On September 8, the NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) announced the annual fall drawdown of the lakes and ponds controlled by dams owned by the agency. 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 NHDES Wetlands Bureau.

For the drawdown schedule, click here.

What's on Your Dock?

As you are removing your dock, lifts, and other items for the close of the season, please look them over carefully. Check for unusual plants and animals on these items and in the surrounding water.

If you find anything, especially if you aren't sure what it is, check out our identification guide. If you still don't know what it is, or suspect that it's an invasive species, take a picture and send a description along with your contact information to either or the NH Dept. of Environmental Services at

Something Wild: Loon Facts and Fates

This article was originally published by Chris Martin and Andrew Parrella on NH Public Radio, September 9, 2016.

The iconic call of the loon is one you’ll hear on ponds and lakes throughout the state. We’re checked in with John Cooley, Senior Biologist with the Loon Preservation Committee to learn a bit about the bird and the state of its welfare.

First off we know there just shy of 300 pairs of loons in New Hampshire, about 200 of those pairs built a nest. And Cooley says they’re all over the state, “from Little Island Pond in Pelham near the Massachusetts border to Third Connecticut Lake just miles from Canada.” Bodies of water are his reference points because that’s where loons are happiest. 

For the full article, click here.

Legend of Lake Winnipesaukee

This article was originally published by

In the mid 1500's on the north shores of what is now known as Lake Winnipesaukee lived a great Indian Chief known as Chief Wonaton. Chief Wonaton was a courageous man with a beautiful daughter "Mineola" that he protected profusely, keeping the young lads that lived in the village away from his daughter became a full time job for Chief Wonaton.
One day, a young chief named "Adiwando" from a very hostile Indian tribe on the South side of Lake Winnipesaukee paddled his way across the entire lake after hearing stories about this beautiful young woman known as Mineola that lived to the north. Adiwando entered the northern village fearlessly in search of Mineola. Mineola's father, Chief Wonaton was away from the village at the time of the unwanted invasion. Others in the village were too afraid to battle the violent chief from the South without their fearless leader, Chief Wonaton.
After a short time, Adiwando and Mineola were deeply in love. 

For the full story, click here.

We hope you enjoyed this issue of Shorelines and found the information provided useful. As always, please contact us with your lake questions and concerns.

The NH LAKES Staff
Tom O'Brien, President
Andrea LaMoreaux, Vice President
Martha Lovejoy, Member Services & Fiscal Administrator
Erin Graichen, Member Services Assistant
Krystal Costa, Education Program Assistant
Megan Hanna, Outreach Coordinator


New Member September is for New
Current Members!

All new members who join NH LAKES during September receive a $10 Do Good Common Man bonus card! Plus, new members are entered to win prizes all month long, like tickets on the Millie B., NH LAKES mugs, and more! And don’t forget the Grand Prize: an overnight stay at the Inn at Mill Falls

Already a member?
Refer a friend to NH LAKES and you can win too!



25 'Saves!'
The Lake Host team at Pleasant Lake in Deerfield/Northwood!
As of late-August, our 700+ Lake Hosts working at 100 of the busiest boat ramps throughout the state had removed 25 fragments of aquatic invasive species hitchhiking on boats and trailers. And, the season isn't over yet as some local groups will be staffing their ramps through Columbus Day weekend.

To see when and where these 'Saves' have been made, click here.

To learn more about the Lake Host Program, click here.
Businesses, State Officials Report Better Summer
Drought Update: NHDES Is Urging the Public to Conserve and Municipalities to Implement Outdoor Lawn Watering Bans
Granite Geek: A Citizen-Scientist App for Reporting Algae Blooms
Lakes Are Feeling the Effects of This Year’s Drought
NH Fishing Report – September 13, 2016
Invasive Species Task Force Recommends Actions to Control Invasive Asian Clam in Lake Bomoseen

Lead Poisoning From Fishing Tackle Still A Threat To Loons

Vermont Law Meant To Flag Blue-Green Algae Hazards Not Working As Intended


Climate change and freshwater fish
DNR Study Shows Aquatic Invasive Stabilization
Toxic Algae Troubles Many California Lakes and Waterways
Calculating the Role of Lakes in Global Warming
Poisonous Algae Blooms Threaten People, Ecosystems Across U.S.
U.S. Senate Passes Bill That Includes Measures for Dam Safety, Invasive Species Control
Pristine Blue Lakes Spotting Antarctica Are Bad News

Watch Bubbling Alaska Lakes Catch on Fire

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