Garret Graaskamp: (603) 271-1748
Jay Martin: (603) 271-3211
April 22, 2020

NEW CASTLE, NH – The public boat launch known as Goat Island that services the Piscataqua River and Little Bay in New Castle on Route 1B will be closed on two occasions this month. The closures are associated with installation of a new water supply line for the town of New Castle.

The facility will be closed for one day on Wednesday April 15 to install temporary local water service. This represents a change from the originally posted date of Monday, April 13. The facility will be closed again for three days starting the morning of Monday April 20 through the end of the day on Friday, April 24 as the water line is laid in the travel way of Route 1B in front of the parking area.

During the installation, the entire facility will be closed to the public to ensure a safe and effective work site. The ramp will be closed and there will be no opportunity to launch or retrieve motorized boats, sail boats, canoes, kayaks, or other self-propelled watercraft during this time period. The parking area for the ramp will also be closed to the public and there will be no fishing from the shore.

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 Construction 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