Garret Graaskamp: (603) 271-1748
Jay Martin: (603) 271-3211
October 2, 2019
CONCORD, NH – To improve service levels and recreational opportunities for New Hampshire’s residents and visitors, Downing’s Landing, the only state-managed public boat access ramp on Lake Winnipesaukee, is currently closed to ensure a safe and efficient refurbishment of the facility. Complications with the installation of a necessary coffer dam due to the discovery of buried wood piles, cribbing, and logs have delayed the progress of this two-phased project. The Department is preparing a contract to remove these objects early next spring to be followed by the installation of the coffer dam and construction of the new ramp.
Phase II of the improvements will now be undertaken during the spring of 2021, and include upgrades to parking services, drainage, shorebank stabilization, and other site work designed to better serve visitors. The Department will make every effort to keep the site open; however, during construction closures all access to the lake associated with the property will be prohibited, and there will be no opportunity for shorebank fishing or launching any type of water craft.
The steel coffer dam sheets currently in place will be removed later this month to avoid ice damage. As in the past, Downing’s Landing will be available to the public this winter to allow access to the lake for ice fishing and snowmobile riding at the individual’s own risk. Please check the project’s status using the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Statewide Public Boat Access Program’s web page at www.fishnh.com/access.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Statewide Public Boat Access Program is funded through boat registration fees, which are combined as match dollars with federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration funds to facilitate boat access opportunities in the state. Fish and Game’s Facilities and Lands Division acquires land for public water access sites, refurbishes existing sites, and builds new public boat access areas. For more information on boating access locations in New Hampshire, visit www.fishnh.com/access.