What is the Lake Host Program and why do we have it?
The Lake Host™ Program is a courtesy boat inspection program sponsored by the non-for-profit organization NH LAKES in cooperation with the SLA. This nationally-recognized aquatic invasive species education and prevention program aims is to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive aquatic plants and animals such as Eurasian milfoil and Chinese mystery snails into Spofford Lake. Milfoil has been found in nearly 80 of New Hampshire’s 1,000 lakes as well as other bodies of water. As of 2020, Spofford Lake gratefully remains clear of any invasive species as a result of this program
What are the responsibilities of boat owners and Lake Hosts?
Boaters are required to "Arrive Cleaned, Drained & Dry" to block invasive species from moving between water bodies on or in boats. The Lake Hosts are charged with inspecting all boats entering and leaving the Lake.
Why was the program started?
The NH legislature created the program to boost prevention of invasive species. It realized that infestations of invasive species can quickly and profoundly change the character of a lake, stream or river. Moreover, recreation in and on the water could become unpleasant and even dangerous. And shoreline area property values would likely decline. Infestation is difficult to remediate and expensive to control.
How does the program work?
Lake hosts are paid an hourly basis bringing the total cost of the program in 2020 to $23,870. Expenses were covered by three parties: SLA contributed $13,120, the Chesterfield Conservation Commission $6,500 and matching grant funds from NH Lakes for $4,250. In 2020, over 6,800 boats were inspected by our Lake Hosts, an increase of 22% versus 2019.
How do I become a Lake Host?
Board members Frank Turner and Art Huggins manage the program for the SLA. Click here to sign up.
Page updated May 10, 2021