After many years of trying, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has finally acquired a boat ramp on the state's largest lake.
The recent purchase of a private marina at the southern tip of Alton Bay creates the first state-owned and controlled public boat ramp with parking on Lake Winnipesaukee.
Fish and Game officials say the facility includes an existing boat launch with paved parking for vehicles and trailers, along with several docks that will allow for shore bank fishing.
The site may be temporarily closed while officials determine if maintenance and repairs are necessary. But officials say because they are starting with an existing facility, they don't have to spend months or years on planning, permitting and construction like they would face had they bought undeveloped land.