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Fishing and Boating

Contact the departments below for frequently asked questions (FAQs).



Fishing

Fishing is a popular recreational activity on the Lake.  Classified as a cold and warm water fishery, Spofford is known for producing quality small- and largemouth bass, rainbow trout, and Northern pike.

  • Bathymetry map of Spofford Lake:  Click here for a lake depth/contour.
  • Obtain a license:  Annual fishing licenses are required for persons 16 years of age and older.  
  • Lead fishing tackle:  Since 2016, the use of lead fishing tackle (one ounce or less) is prohibited.
  • Questions?:  Call NH Fish and Game in Keene (603) 352-9669.

Boating

Boating Laws

  • Obtain a license:    NH requires all PWC (personal water craft) or boat operators who are 16 years old and operating a motorboat over 25 hp to pass a boater safety course and to carry a boater education card. 
  • Questions? :  NH Marine Patrol in Keene (603) 293-2037.

    Boat Lifts

    A seasonal personal watercraft lift will qualify for PBN (permit by notification) only if it meets a number of requirements, for example:

    • Installed immediately adjacent to a legally existing dock and in a manner that creates no adverse impact,
    • Located a minimum of 20 feet from an abutting property line (or the imaginary extension of a property line over the water) and on a parcel of land that has at least 75 feet of shoreline frontage, and
    • Removed during the non-boating season.
    • Questions?:  For complete information visit NH Department of Environmental Services, or call (603) 271-3503.

    Kayaking

    • The only public location from which kayaks may be launched is the boat ramp.  
    • For reasons of preventing invasive species and per Town regulations, kayaks may not be launched from either Ware’s Grove or North Shore beach. 



        Page updated September 23, 2021



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        Spofford Lake Association

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        Spofford, NH 03462

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