Frequently asked questions

The LWA

How can I join the LWA or view volunteer opportunities?

Who are the officers and members of the LWA board?

Where can I get information about the history of Lake Wentworth and the LWA?

How can I get in touch with the LWA?

The Lakes

Do I need a permit to install a dock?

Can I create or replenish a sand beach?

What is the Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act, and where can I find information about it?

Where can I find a map or navigation chart of Lake Wentworth and Crescent Lake?

Where can I get information about buying or renting property on the two lakes?

Where can I launch a boat to get onto Lake Wentworth?

What rules govern moorings on Lake Wentworth?

Is information available about using landscaping to prevent shoreline erosion?

The LWA web site

What is the purpose of registering on the site?

How do I register?

How do I upload my photos onto the site?

How do I post comments or questions on the site?

How can I join the LWA or view volunteer opportunities?

To join, download the LWA membership form from here, print it, and send it to PO Box 834, Wolfeboro Falls, NH 03896. The form contains a description of each of the volunteer opportunities available to LWA members, from water quality testing to work on the LWA Web site and newsletter. If you indicate an interest in one of the activities, an LWA volunteer coordinator will contact you to determine your availability to join the selected effort. You’ll need the freely available Adobe Acrobat Reader to open and print the membership form.

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Who are the officers and members of the LWA board?

You can find the names of all officers and board members here.

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Where can I get information about the history of Lake Wentworth and the LWA?

The two-volume set entitled Lake Wentworth is available at the LWA’s President’s meeting in July and the Annual Meeting in August (see the schedule), as well as at Black’s in downtown Wolfeboro and the New Hampshire Boat Museum on Route 28 north. Information about early settlements can also be found in the 1901 History of Wolfeborough, NH. Lastly, the more recent three-volume History of Wolfeboro provides an accounting of the years between 1901 and 1994. The last two histories are available from the Wolfeboro Historical Society. All the books can be found at the Wolfeboro Public Library.

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How can I get in touch with the LWA?

The quickest way to get in touch with the association is to use the Contact Us link on this web site. You can also write to Box 834, Wolfeboro Falls, NH 03896.

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Do I need a permit to install a dock?

Yes, if you don’t already have one. You can often obtain the permit by using a simple notification process. The Wetland Bureau of the state Department of Environmental Services oversees the permitting of docks. Its web site details the available procedures for obtaining a dock permit. In general, you must:

  • Own the land on which you are placing the dock and have at least 75 feet of frontage
  • Limit the number of boat slips available on the dock; the exact number permitted depends on the length of your frontage
  • Limit the size and shape of the dock
  • Position the dock at least 20 feet from neighboring properties

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Can I create or replenish a sand beach?

Perhaps, but you first should check with the state Department of Environmental Services. This page can provide a start to your inquiry. It’s possible that the local Conservation Commission may also need to get involved. It’s worth noting that dumping sand along the shoreline can contribute to significant problems in the lake, especially when carried out repeatedly by a significant number of property owners. Sand, which often contains quantities of iron, clay, and phosphorus, can wash into the lake, bringing the contaminants with it and damaging the lake floor environment. If a shoreline does not have a natural beach, it is likely that conditions are such that a constructed beach will not remain indefinitely. The dumped sand will either drift away with shoreline currents or slowly settle through the soft, mucky bottom sediment. Although the sand disappears from view, it does not leave the lake. It is added to the natural sediment load to the lake and hastens the filling-in process.

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What is the Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act, and where can I find information about it?

The Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act is New Hampshire’s primary statute governing development of the state’s shorelands — effectively a 250-foot buffer that encloses the shores of most of the state’s public waters. Within this zone, the CSPA defines a number of sub-zones, from 150 feet to 25 feet, each increasingly restricted in the activities that occur there. In some cases, those activities require permits. You can download a one-page summary from the DES site.

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Where can I find a map or navigation chart of Lake Wentworth and Crescent Lake?

A poster-sized map of the lakes and the camp roads that surround them is available at the LWA’s President’s meeting in July and the Annual Meeting in August (see the summer schedule), as well as at Black’s in downtown Wolfeboro and the New Hampshire Boat Museum on Route 28 north. A laminated navigation chart of the two lakes is available from the same sources as well as from several outdoor supply stores in Wolfeboro.

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Where can I get information about buying or renting property on the two lakes?

The LWA does not maintain information about rental properties. A likely source of information about rentals are the real estate agencies in Wolfeboro. Links and other contact information can be found on the Wolfeboro Area Chamber of Commerce web site.

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Where can I launch a boat to get onto Lake Wentworth?

The only public launch site is at Mast Landing, off Route 28, just north of downtown Wolfeboro. The site provide to Crescent Lake. To get onto Lake Wentworth, follow the Smith River from the northern end of Crescent Lake. The distance is about a half-mile.

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What rules govern boat moorings on Lake Wentworth?

On a number of New Hampshire’s larger lakes, the state requires moorings to be registered. Lake Wentworth is not one of those lakes. Instead, moorings on Wentworth are governed by a state law that stipulates that a mooring must not interfere with navigation or public safety, must not create adverse environmental effects, and must not prevent recreational uses of nearby waters and land.

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Is information available about using landscaping to prevent shoreline erosion?

Lakes need a green buffer to prevent the erosion of shorelands into the water. Nature provides that buffer along undisturbed shorelines, but along developed properties, it’s landscaping that needs to provide protection from runoff. In that effort, ground covers, shrubs, and trees serve an important function in trapping sediment and nutrient-laden water. An LWA online brochure suggests landscaping strategies for both established and new properties. Included are lists of both native and appropriate non-native species for different soil and light conditions.

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What is the purpose of registering on the site?

We ask visitors who want to contribute to the LWA site — whether news stories, forum postings, or photos — to register so that we maintain final control over what is published on the site. While registration is not necessary to view any of the site, a visitor who wants to post to one of the forums or add a photo to an album must first log in using a login name created when registering. The registering information we gather is only enough to help us differentiate among contributors, and we never share any of that information with anyone.

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How do I register?

Under Login Form at the right of the page, click the Register link. Then fill in the registration form with a login name (a made-up name that you use when you log in) and a password that prevents others from using your login.

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How do I upload my photos onto the site?

To start sharing your pictures, click Gallery in the menu at the top of any page on this site. The menu link will take you to a Lake Wentworth Association group on Flickr, the photo-sharing site. If you don’t have a Flickr or Yahoo login, click “Join This Group” and create a Flickr account. If you already have a Flickr account (you can use a Yahoo account, if you have one), just sign in. After you are logged in, just click “Add photos.”

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How do I post comments or questions on the site?

First, you need to register. Then select Forums from the menu at the top any page on this site. When the forums page opens, click the name of the forum you want. (There are four to choose from.) If you’re responding to an existing discussion thread, click the link to it and then add your own response. To start a new thread, Fill in the information under the “Create New Topic” heading and click “Submit.”.

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