Ossipee Lake Boat Ramp to Close for Repairs

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The N.H. Fish  & Game Department is upgrading the boat ramp, kayak/canoe access and dock at the public boat ramp facility located on Pine River (off Route 25) that provides access to Ossipee Lake in Ossipee, NH.

Work on the ramp will begin on Monday, August 1, and will require that the ramp be closed for about a month. Final grading and landscaping will follow the ramp work.

This project will refurbish the state-owned public boat access facility to improve public access to the Pine River and Ossipee Lake. Improvements will include reconstruction of the gravel access road and enlarging the parking lot to provide 30 trailer and 5 car-top spaces, including one trailered and one car-top space for recreationists with disabilities

To control storm water runoff discharges to the Pine River and protect water quality, the parking area surface will be constructed with a pervious stone-filled grid to increase storm water runoff infiltration. In addition, two bioretention storm water treatment basins will be created to assist in collecting and infiltrating storm water from the parking lot and driveways slowly into the ground.

The existing single-lane ramp will be replaced with a double-lane ramp using the department’s precast concrete-plank design and adding a removable floating dock system between the two ramps. A new timber-terraced gravel footpath leading to a non-motorized (car-top) boat access point will also be created. The addition of concrete-plank ramps will eliminate erosion of the current degraded bituminous ramp surface. This will improve the water quality at and around the launch area.  In addition, newly designated parking spaces will create areas for vehicle and trailer parking, and will eliminate the need for the public to park in unauthorized areas.

During the ramp work there will be no opportunity to launch or retrieve boats.  The Department will publish another announcement when access to the ramp becomes available.

New Hampshire’s Public Boat Access Program is funded through boat registration fees and federal Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration funds.  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 NH visit www.wildnh.com/access/access-sites.html.