Ossipee — September 12, 2011 — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will conduct two public meetings on Wednesday, September 21st, to detail its plans to improve the functionality of the State-owned boat ramp on Route 25, which provides no-cost access to Ossipee Lake through the Pine River. The meetings will be held from 3:00-5:00 p.m. and again from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Ossipee Town Hall in Center Ossipee.
Jeff King, Statewide Public Boat Access Program Coordinator for Fish and Game, said the agency is seeking public input on its plan, adding that it’s an opportunity to ask questions and make comments that will be considered as the plan progresses. He emphasized that the public meetings are informal and people can attend at any time during the specified hours.
The Route 25 facility was developed years ago as a commercial business offering dock space and paid access to the lake. When the business failed, the State acquired the property and assigned management responsibility to DRED, which oversaw the facility until it was transferred to Fish and Game more than a year ago. In recent months, Fish and Game removed rotted dock structures and made repairs to the aging ramp.
Ossipee Lake Alliance and Green Mountain Conservation Group implemented the lake’s first Lake Host program at the site in 2002. The Green Mountain group managed the Lake Host program at the site through last year when it turned over the responsibility to the Ossipee Conservation Commission. In addition to the program at the Pine River ramp, the Commission manages the Lake Host program at the Town of Ossipee’s Pequawket Trail ramp, which also provides free public access to boaters.
Fish and Game official King said the Department will also accept written comments and suggestions relative to the improvement project if they are postmarked by October 5th and submitted to N.H. Fish & Game Department; Facilities and Lands Division; 11 Hazen Drive; Concord, NH 03301.