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Downings Landing Ramp to Close for Drilling Assessment

Garret Graaskamp: (603) 271-1748
Becky Johnson: (603) 271-3211

June 28, 2017

ALTON, NH -- The public boat ramp facility known as Downing’s Landing in Alton, NH, which provides access to Alton Bay and Lake Winnipesaukee, will be closed to complete drilling to assess soil depths at the ramp beginning late in the day on Tuesday, July 11, 2017.  The ramp is expected to be closed for one day on July 12 (weather permitting) and will reopen on Wednesday morning, July 13.  If there is significant lightning storm activity on July 12, then drilling activity may extend the closure into Wednesday July 13. An update to confirm the access site reopening once the drilling is complete will be published on the Fish and Game website.


During the closure, a barge and piping will be stationed at the mouth of the ramp, completely blocking access to the ramp. Piping will run along the dock platform. There will be no opportunity to launch or retrieve boats during this time period.  In the days just prior to the full closure, parking may be reduced to some extent in a limited portion of the parking area where materials and equipment will be stockpiled in preparation for the drilling activity.


The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will use the geotechnical information from the drilling activity to assess design options for a new ramp and dock system that will replace the existing structures.


New Hampshire's Public Boat Access Program is funded through boat registration fees and federal Wildlife and Sport Fish 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 New Hampshire, visit

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