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July 29, 2009

Wetland Permit Approved for Wild Goose Boat Access Site on Lake Sunapee

CONCORD, N.H. -- The Department of Environmental Services (DES) Wetlands Bureau has approved the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's wetland permit application for construction of a new boat access facility at the Wild Goose site on Lake Sunapee in Newbury, N.H.  The wetlands permit is the third and final permit required for the project.  An Alteration of Terrain Permit and a Shoreland Permit were previously approved.

Land for the Wild Goose Access Site was bought 19 years ago for the purpose of constructing a free, safe, user-friendly public boating access site on Lake Sunapee, the sixth largest lake in New Hampshire. The project was recommended by the state Public Water Access Advisory Board to address the lack of adequate public access to the lake. 

Under N.H. State Law, the Fish and Game Department has authority and responsibility to establish public access to waterbodies over 10 acres in size, known as "great ponds," which are by statute publicly owned. Other access sites exist on Lake Sunapee, but none have adequate public access -- parking is extremely limited or restricted to residents only, fees are charged, or they are not useable by larger boats, among other problems.

For more information on Fish and Game's proposed Wild Goose Access Project, visit

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department currently administers more than 134 public water access sites throughout the state. The Department is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats. Visit

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