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May 25, 2007


More than 250 Depth Maps Available for N.H. Lakes and Ponds

CONCORD, N.H. -- New Hampshire anglers can now access more than 250 depth maps of the state's lakes and ponds on the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department website, www.FishNH.com.  That's almost 100 additional maps added just this year.  Developed from N.H. Department of Environmental Services lake survey data, the depth maps, also known as "bathymetry" maps, cover a large portion of the state's waterbodies and can be an important tool for both expert and rookie anglers.

While they are not for navigational use, the maps can help anglers find the sharp dropoff points and other rapid changes in water depth where there is a rich abundance of fish during warm summer months.  In addition to providing depth measurements, some of the maps include other information such as species lists, access information and road systems in the surrounding area.  Maps continue to be updated periodically with this type of information.

The maps are available free of charge and in easy-to-download PDF format at www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Fishing/bathy_maps.htm (click here to view)

The data used to create the maps is not currently available for all lakes and ponds in the state.  However, as depth data for additional lakes and ponds is generated by N.H. Department of Environmental Services survey crews, maps of those waterbodies will be developed and posted to the website. 

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The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works to conserve, manage and protect the state's fish and wildlife and their habitats, as well as providing the public with opportunities to use and appreciate these resources.

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