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Great site. Hope I can get some help with a good launch site. My freind and I are new to this type of fishing and we have alot to learn. One thing that we have learned is that with the tons of money that we have spent on new boats, downriggers, electronics and tackle- paying $20 to launch 15-20 times a year for the last 2 years is getting old.
We travel to the Smile of The Great Spirit from southeast NH. We launch at Ames Farm, We do not know all the launches on the lake but we would like to know if there is a launch on the lake like the state launch at Newfound. Sure would rather spend our money on tackle. I would hope with the fees and taxes we pay there would be a first class state owned ramp.
you can launch at meredith docks for free but you have to park down by aubachon hardware which is thru the lights
good luck fishing
here's some info others have shared with me on earlier posts; but these free launches, while they may be convenient for you, are on the southern and south-eastern end of the lake which doesn't appear to be as productive as the north end this time of year.
Alton bay: there is a free ramp ( on route 11 just north of the bridge at the southern tip of the lake). You have to park your trailer about a mile away and drive back. To get to parking lot you head back south, cross the bridge and then bear right
( on the main rd. or highway ) . the lot is off to the right... down a side road ( maybe water st ? check it out beforehand. ) that is a little ways down. You can drive back and then leave your car at the ramp site. The alton bay launch is south of ames farm on route 11 and i would get there ( if coming from southeast ) by taking route 11 exit off spaulding turpike ( rt 16 ) near rochester.
Wolfeboro: There is a good launch in the parking lot behind the stores on the lakeside of the main street ( on the left side if you are approaching from the east ), but you have to park in the trailer parking area which is behind the stores on the other side of main street and back a few blocks.
Thanks for your help! Do you know of any future plans for a state launch? Just wondering.
Realy enjoy this site!
i don't. but i'm a new guy on the lake. maybe somebody else knows.
The following site gives a list of Boat Launches on Winni. http://www.bizer.com/
The state should take some of the land at Ellecoya State Park and make a nice access ramp. They have plenty of space. I just don't understand why this can't happen?
I understand that a state ramp for Winnie is in the designing stages, but with the politics involved and the snails pace the government moves at, it will still be a few years away.
Who did you here that from? Did they give a location ? That would be totally awesome if in fact it is true !!!
I can't believe there is no State ramp at Winnie yet..
Squam has one of the best ramps and parking facilities I've ever seen, but prior to that the
the old ramp was the only game in town and it was brutal with no parking to speak of. The old money at Squam (and theres allot of that) fought it tooth and nail, the state put it there anyhow.
I understand Winnesquam is putting a badly needed one in as well.
I guess they don't feel there is a big enough need with all the pay for launching ramps available all over the Lake. The gluttons will soon price them selfs out of the business, I think 20.00 is outrageous, then some charge for parking on top of that.
The State and the Fish and Game, etc. do allot for the economy of Winne area, I'm sure there will be one soon in the planning, if not allready.
You have a good Fish and Game in NH, they wont let you down, I'm sure they will do everything in thier power to help get a facility. And they do have some clought.
Reminds me of a story, the Fish and Game was looking to buy some land on Squam for something, can't remember exactly what. At any rate when certain peoiple that oppsed it founf out they came up with a "huge sum of money" in a matter of a couple of hours to buy it out from under the state.
But if the state has the land, I'm sure you will get one, it's too important an area to neglect.
Just my .02 worth, I hope I'm right..