Lake Host Program


Through the New Hampshire Lakes Association Lake Host Program, 775 individuals trained as Lake Hosts are stationed at 105 of the most highly used boat ramps throughout the state. Lake Hosts conduct courtesy boat and trailer inspections and teach boaters how to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species like milfoil or asian clams from waterbody to waterbody.

Little Sunapee Lake Host News

The Little Sunapee Lake Host Program had one "save" in the summer of 2015. A Lake Host noticed an incidence of curly-leaf pondweed in the well of a powerboat which had last been used on the Connecticut River. The boat well was able to be cleaned and the boaters went on to enjoy their day on the lake.


Invasives Program

News from the New Hampshire Lakes Association

34 SAVES! That is how many fragments of hitchhiking aquatic invasive species Lake Hosts have captured and removed from boats and trailers in New Hampshire so far this summer. Aquatic invasive species can be spread between waterbodies on boating, fishing, and recreational equipment that has not been properly cleaned, drained and dried. Once in a waterbody, they can cause serious problems. Not only do these species crowd out native plants and animals, they affect people by degrading boating, swimming, and fishing areas, and by reducing shoreline property values and tourism.

Using the Clean, Drain, and Dry approach, Lake Hosts encourage boaters to always take time to do the following before and after boating:

  • Clean off any plants, animals, mud, and other debris from your boat, trailer, and recreational gear.
  • Drain your boat (bilge, engine, and ballast tanks), trailer, and equipment away from the water.
  • Dry anything that came in contact with the water. At least five days of drying time is best.

The Little Sunapee Invasives Program

The Little Sunapee Protective Association sponsors an Invasives Watch program led by area residents who regularly inspect the shoreline to identify suspected invasive plants and animals. Invasives can "hitchhike" on:

  • Boats, both motorized and unpowered. Always check your canoe, paddleboard, or kayak - clean, drain, and dry if you have used your boat elsewhere.
  • Dogs. If you allow your dog to swim, first, check that no invasives are attached.
  • Boat trailers, paddles, life jackets, swim toys, and other recreational gear. Ensure that your gear is clean and dry before entering the lake.

How You Can Help

Use the "contact" link at the top of this page if you would like to contribute a few minutes a week to assist in our Invasive Watch Program. Early detection is important to the long-term health of the lake.


Learn More About Invasives and Prevention

Watch an informative and engaging training and refresher session at the following link: Weed Watcher Program in the Sunapee Region. Amy P. Smagula, the Exotic Species Program Coordinator for the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, leads this introduction to identification of invasive plants and animals in the Lake Sunapee watershed. The host for the presentation is Susie Burbidge, who manages the invasives program of the Lake Sunapee Protective Association.


Join the Little Sunapee Protective Association

Join the Little Sunapee Protective Association. Dues are $50 per year. At the association's annual meeting held each summer, knowledgeable speakers inform residents of statewide activities by individuals, private agencies, and the state on behalf of the New Hampshire lakes. The association board meets quarterly to discuss lake issues and updates on lake and aquatic plant and animal health.

Write to: Treasurer, Little Sunapee Protective Association, PO Box 1653, New London, NH 03257.