Blog :: 2020

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Hills Pond Profile - Alton, NH

Hills Pond Profile - Alton, NH

Lakefront Monday highlights different lakes in New Hampshire. This page is sponsored by Lady of the Lake Realty in Meredith NH. If you want information on a lake e-mail us for lake profile You can view other available lake listings on our website. www.nhlakesrealty.com

Hills Pond is 93 acres with an average depth of 15 feet and a maximum of 40 feet. This quiet pond has no public boat launch. If you are fortunate enough to own a home on the lake or an access home with access to one of the beaches around the lake you will enjoy fantastic sunsets and mountain views. Homes range from seasonal cottages to year-round homes. 

One of the most popular hiking trails in NH. Mount Major is minutes away along with Gunstock Ski Area. Winnipesaukee is a 15-minute ride where you will also find restaurants and grocery store. NH Lake Homes for Sale - Hills Pond Home

Homes around the lake include seasonal cottages to contemporary homes. For information about Hills Pond homes or any lakefront homes in NH visit our website at www.nhlakesrealty.com 

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Lake Winnipesaukee -Paugus Bay - Laconia NH 

Lake Winnipesaukee -Paugus Bay - Laconia NH 

Lakefront Monday highlights different lakes in New Hampshire. This page is sponsored by Lady of the Lake Realty in Meredith NH. If you want information on a lake e-mail us for lake profile You can view other available lake listings on our website. www.nhlakesrealty.com 

Paugus Bay is 1227 acres. The bay is home to Marinas and Weirs Boulevard home to numerous condo developments. To the north you find the popular Southdown Shores.  As you enter Paugus Bay you go by the ever-popular Weirs Beach and boardwalk. Weirs Beach is home to Laconia Bike Week where we typically see 100,000 plus bikes visit during Fathers Day weekend. The Bay is named after Chief Paugus who fought during Drummers War. 

Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest lake in the New Hampshire, located in Belknap and Carroll County, aka The Lakes Region. Winnipesaukee is 44,500 acres with a maximum depth of 180 feet. There are 264 named islands, Long Island is the largest bridged island and second-largest is 704 acre Bear Island is only accessible by boat.  You can leave your car in the garage for the whole summer, you can shop, get groceries, go to the movies all by boat. Hospitals are located in Laconia, Franklin, Plymouth and Wolfeboro. 

As you cruise 72 miles around the lake you will find all the amenities you can imagine.  Golf courses, hiking trails, marinas, concert venues, theater, boardwalks, ski resorts. Summer activities will include, fishing derbies, scenic trips on the Mt Washington cruise ship. Craft fairs, in-water boat shows modern boats to steam-powered vessels.  Annual seasonal events are Pond Hockey, Bike Week along with bike racing to marathons. Don’t forget snowmobiling and skiing.  Lake winnipesaukee real estate - home on winnipesaukee

Homes are around the lake vary from seasonal cottages, condos to luxury Adirondacks and vintage year-round lake homes. If this lake is of interest contact us for more information. 

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Webster Lake Profile - Franklin, NH

Webster Lake Profile - Franklin, NH

Lakefront Monday highlights different lakes in New Hampshire. This page is sponsored by Lady of the Lake Realty in Meredith NH. If you want information on a lake e-mail us for lake profile You can view other available lake listings on our website. www.nhlakesrealty.com

Webster Lake is 609 acres with an average depth of 18 feet and a maximum depth of 39 feet. The lake is oligotrophic water quality ( best ) with brown trout, rainbows and smallmouth bass. There is a boat launch and beach right on Rte. 11.

Golf, skiing, hiking trails are all close by along with a major grocery store, restaurants in downtown Franklin. If white water kayaking and canoeing are of interest Franklin is a destination for kayak racing to family recreation.  Webster Lake Home - Lake Winnipesaukee Real Estate and homes

Homes around the lake include seasonal cottages, contemporary homes to turn of the century estates. For information about Webster Lake homes or any lakefront homes in NH visit our website at www.nhlakesrealty.com  

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Winter activities close to Lake Winnipesaukee and Squam - 2020

Winter in the NH Lakes Region. Activities! 

* Planned events you do not want to miss. 

* New England Pond Hockey Classic - Jan 31st to February 2, 2020 ( Lake Winnipesaukee )

* Meredith Fishing Derby -  February 8-9, 2020 ( Lake Winnipesaukee ) 

* Laconia Sled Dog Races - February 14-15, 2020 

You look across this broad expanse that was once a lake and all you see is ice and snow for miles. Time to get out the skis, skates, snowshoes, sleds and snowmobiles. 

You will find major ski resorts off routes 16, 89, and 93. These resorts offer skiing, cross country skiing and tubing opportunities. Even if you don’t ski you can ride to the top of areas that have gondola’s or trams to enjoy the scenic mountain views from the top. 

If snowmobiling is of interest you can enjoy the trails from our lakes all the way to Canada. If you don’t have a sled you can rent them to give it a try. 

Snowshoeing, cross country skiing and skating are inexpensive and a fun way to get some exercise along with enjoying incredible wooded and mountain views. If you don’t have the equipment and would like to try these activities you can rent them. 

Winter Hiking: Yes you can hike in the winter, experienced well-equipped hikers only. Special equipment and clothing are required.

Ice Climbing: Special Equipment and training are required. Yes, lessons are available to learn.

Some just wanting to view the winter white gold you will find no sales tax at our outlet stores in Tilton and North Conway along with great diners and restaurants off almost every exit. Lake Winnipesaukee homes and condos for sale - Winnipesaukee home

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What Property Owners Should Know About NH's Shoreland Rules

Do you own a lake house or property that abuts a water body in New Hampshire? Are you looking to build a new structure, modify an existing structure, cut trees, excavate, fill and/or install a patio or walkway within 250 feet of that water body? Beware of New Hampshire's Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act.

The Shoreland Protection Act recognizes shorelands of the state are among its most valuable and fragile natural resources, that protecting shorelands is essential to maintain the quality of public waters, that a natural woodland buffer and limiting the amount of impervious surface near the shoreline is necessary to protect the quality of public waters, that public waters are held in trust by the state, and that the state has an interest in protecting those waters. The Shoreland Protection Act was enacted to ensure that coordinated and planned development occurs along the state's shorelines.

The act, with its extensive administrative rules, regulates any development, including work on existing structures, within 250 feet of a public waters like lakes, ponds and artificial impoundments greater than 10 acres in size, coastal waters, and certain rivers and streams that flow all year round.

If you seek to renovate, develop, excavate, or introduce fill to a property subject to the jurisdiction of the Shoreland Protection Act, you must first obtain a permit from the state Department of Environmental Services. As an initial matter, any new permanent structure that supports, shelters or encloses persons, animals or goods or property that is central to the fundamental use of the property, such as a home, must be set back at least 50 feet from the waterline; any accessory structure, such as a walkway, patio, shed, gazebo, or restraining wall, must be set back at least 20 feet.

Any construction that requires tree clearing or brush removal must also comply with strict requirements, namely, natural ground cover must generally remain intact within 50 feet of the waterline, including rocks and stumps and their root systems, except for a 6-foot wide walkway to a dock, beach or water body. A minimal amount of trees in this area may be removed based upon a sapling point score and certain shrubs and trees can be trimmed and pruned to a minimum height of three feet for the purpose of providing a view or access to the shoreline. Between 50 to 150 feet of the waterline, 25% of this area must be maintained as natural woodland, in other words, must remain in an unaltered state or improved with additional vegetation.

In addition, the Shoreland Protection Act regulates the amount of impervious surfaces that can be constructed within 250 of the waterline. Impervious surfaces are those that are modified surfaces that cannot effectively absorb or infiltrate water, such as, roofs, decks, patios, paved or gravel driveways, parking areas, and walkways. If your planned construction alters the impervious area by more than 20% of your lot, you must develop a stormwater management plan or construct a stormwater management system designed by a licensed engineer, depending on the amount of new impervious area.

To obtain a permit from the DES, you must establish that you meet all of the requirements of DES rules, subject to a few exceptions for non-conforming lots and non-confirming structures. If the DES denies your application, you have the right to request mediation or appeal such a decision to DES's Wetlands Council. In addition, if your neighbor has been issued a permit by the DES to construct within the SWQPA and you believe the DES erred in granting such a permit, you also have the right to mediate the Shoreland Protection Act or file an appeal. Appeals before the Wetland Council are akin to trials in the court system. Having adequate legal representation is key to a successful appeal at the Wetland Council.

Lastly, doing work without a permit, or failing to comply with the requirements of your Shoreland Protection Act permit, the State or the municipality in which you live could find you in violation and issue you an enforcement order to cease and desist, pay a fine, require you to restore the property to its original condition, and/or seek an injunction in the courts. If you are issued such a notice of a violation or an enforcement order, having adequate counsel to defend your rights is of paramount importance.

Homeowners that have property abutting public waters should also be aware of the Fill and Dredge in Wetland Act. To the extent your construction or alteration of your property involves impacts to a wetland, including constructing permanent or seasonal docks, you must also comply the all of the Department's rules promulgated under the wetland statute.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances.

Article by Adam M. Dumville  Published in the Portsmouth Herald (12/29/2019) NH Lake Homes - Lake Winnipesaukee

McLane Middleton, Professional Association 

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