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September 9, 2010        
      

Boat Ramp at Beaver Lake in Derry Closed for Repairs Sept. 20-Oct. 8, 2010; Lake Drawdowns to Begin Oct. 1, 2010, at Merrymeeting Lake; and Oct. 11, 2010, at Bow Lake

CONCORD, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will be working on projects to improve several public water access site around the state this fall:

The Beaver Lake boat access facility in Derry, N.H., will be closed for repairs from September 20 to October 8, 2010, as Fish and Game proceeds with improvements to the boat ramp.  Fish and Game plans to remove the old ramp and install a new 12-foot-wide ramp with 3-foot concrete planks.  Construction is expected to take 2 to 3 weeks.  The repairs will be made without drawing down the lake level. A drawdown previously considered for Beaver Lake in association with this project was not pursued because of Fish and Game's construction schedule, concerns about preservation of wildlife habitat and the need to minimize impacts to nearby wells.

At Merrymeeting Lake in New Durham, N.H., a slow drawdown will begin October 1, 2010, that will bring the lake elevation down to 642 feet above sea level (5-6 feet lower than normal) by Columbus Day (October 11) in anticipation of access site construction.  Fish and Game will replace the old asphalt boat ramp with a new concrete plank boat ramp with a floating dock. Construction is expected to take 2 to 3 weeks, from early October through the end of October. Fish and Game will request that the lake level be restored to normal levels immediately after construction to minimize impacts to spawning trout and hibernating amphibians and turtles. 

Similarly, at Bow Lake in Strafford/Northwood, N.H., a slow drawdown will begin around Columbus Day (October 11, 2010), bringing the lake elevation to 508 feet (5-6 feet lower than normal), with full drawdown by the end of October. Fish and Game will make improvements to the Strafford Town Dock, with construction expected to take two weeks in early November.  Fish and Game will request that the lake level be restored to normal levels immediately after construction.  The Town may request that the lake remain low through the winter.

New Hampshire's Public Boat Access Program is funded through boat registration fees and federal Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration funds. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Facilities and Lands Division acquires land for public water access sites, refurbishes existing sites and builds new public boat access areas.

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

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