Efforts to Increase Boat Access on Sunapee Inch Forward | New Hampshire Public Radio

Efforts to Increase Boat Access on Sunapee Inch Forward

Apr 6, 2018

The state commission tasked with reviewing access, touring the proposed area for a boat launch on Lake Sunapee in November.
Credit Britta Greene / NHPR

The New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation is looking into options for increasing boat and trailer parking at Mount Sunapee State Park.

That’s the latest development in a decades-long effort to expand public boat access on Lake Sunapee.

For nearly thirty years, the Fish and Game Department was working to build a new launch at what’s known as the Wild Goose Site on the lake’s southwestern shore. But that plan was controversial, and Governor Chris Sununu called an end to it last summer.

A commission he set up to look at the issue of limited public access recommended last month increasing parking at the nearby state park beach as a short-term solution.

As it stands, the parking lot is often full on summer weekends, making it tough for boaters to get on the lake.

Still, the state needs to find a solution for bigger boats that need deeper water to set in. Access to large public waters, like Lake Sunapee, is protected under New Hampshire law.