Alton Bay, NH, Launch Ramp Closed Through Early Fall

The popular Downing’s Landing public boat access facility in Alton, NH, was closed to all public access on Monday, July 6. Significant improvements are being made by the NH Fish & Game Department to the dock system and boat ramp. This season’s closure is expected to last into October and will curtail all access to the lake associated with the facility.

Fish & Game purchased the former private marina at the southern tip of Alton Bay in November of 2012, creating the first public boat access facility on Lake Winnipesaukee. From July 6, and until further notice, 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, sailboats, canoes, kayaks, or other self-propelled watercraft during this time period. The parking area for the ramp will be closed to the public as well, and there will be no fishing from the shore.

Please check project status updates by visiting the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department’s Statewide Public Boat Access Program’s webpage at