Boating On Lake Massabesic
Boating on Lake Massabesic is enjoyed by many. However, due to its use as a drinking water supply, use is restricted in posted area, boating speed is limited to 30 MPH, and is available to boats where there is no contact between the boater and the water. This excludes the use of sailboards, jet skis, and most inflatable type of craft. If you have a question about the use of your boat on Massabesic, give us a call to assure that you will not be in violation of state rules. The lake is additionally patrolled by MWW patrol officers and falls under the jurisdiction of NH Department of Safety - Marine Patrol and the N.H. Department of Fish and Game who also regularly patrol its waters.
There are three public launches located on the lake which are owned and operated by Manchester Water Works. The launches are in Auburn Village just past the Town Hall; a second is located off Rte. 121 near the Manchester-Auburn town line and a third at Deerneck bridge on Rte 28 by-pass. These sites can be located on the watershed map.
The Deerneck launch has been specifically designed and designated for "cartop" craft such as canoes and kayaks. Due to the use of the oxygenate MtBE in reformulated gasolines, we discourage the use of all two cycle engines on the lake. Recent evidence, including water quality testing, directly correlates the use of these engines with detected levels of MtBE in our untreated water supply.
The lake enjoys a vital and healthy fish and wildlife population. We do ask that boaters maintain care and caution in their activities and recognize that the lake provides vital drinking water to about 140,000 area residents. Additionally, a portion of the lake in Manchester is exclusively off limits to all boating activities, due to its sensitivity to the water intake stations at the Manchester Water Treatment Plant. This is shown on the watershed map and clearly posted by buoy markers and signs.
If you are interested in mooring on Lake Massabesic, be advised that there is a public mooring field off of Rte. 121 east of the former rail road crossing, also known as Severance beach. Permits are required from Manchester Water Works and are provided on a first come first served basis. Call us at 603-624-6482 if you are interested.
We hope that your boating experience on Lake Massabesic will be enjoyable and that you will help Manchester Water Works to ensure that this wonderful natural resource is available for future generations by following the boating rules established for the lake. To protect our watershed Rules are posted at several locations on the watershed.