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Capital Budget Funds Boat Ramp Upgrades on Lake Sunapee

The state's newly passed capital budget includes funding for parking and boat ramp upgrades at Mount Sunapee State Park. The upgrades are a short-term solution for a problem that's been decades in the making.

State officials have been trying for years to figure out how to improve access for boats and trailers on Lake Sunapee.

Last fall, they scrapped a controversial plan to build a new boat ramp at what was known as the Wild Goose site.

Now, legislators have approved $700,000 for Sunapee upgrades as part of their capital budget. 

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Mount Sunapee State Park boat launch.


It will pay to add parking for boat trailers and to upgrade the existing boat launch at Mount Sunapee State Beach. 


Lake Sunapee Protective Association executive director June Fichter says it may not be a permanent solution, but it's a good compromise for now. 


"It's appropriate, it's safe, it's environmentally a friendly solution." 


Going forward, she says they'll work on adding space for boat trailers at other, smaller public boat launches on the lake. 

Annie has covered the environment, energy, climate change and the Seacoast region for NHPR since 2017. She leads the newsroom's climate reporting project, By Degrees.
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