Fed by ancient streams and springs, the crystal clear waters of Lake Winnipesaukee are a magnet for visitors and those who make their home here. The lake is the third largest in New England and is central to a wide range of experiences --from the bustle of small towns to deep wilderness--framed by hundreds of miles of intricate shoreline and over 200 islands.
Introducing the Gateway
Welcome to the Winnipesaukee Gateway- Your “one-stop shopping” source for maps, environmental plans, water quality data, recreational opportunities, and more!
The main priority in the current edition of the site is the release in December, 2010 of the Management Plan for Meredith, Paugus and Saunders bays. Prepared by the Lakes Region Planning Commission and a group of nine other partner agencies and organizations, this plan will be followed by others in the years ahead. We invite you to explore the plan, which has been published to this website rather than as a hard copy publication.
The City of Laconia just completed constructing a bio-retention basin located at the intersection of White Oaks Road and Weirs Blvd. The bio-retention basin will help filter out pollutants before they enter Paugus Bay, Laconia’s drinking water source. This was one of the projects identified in the Meredith, Paugus, Saunders Bay Watershed Management Plan. Way to go Laconia! Click on the link for an article on the project. 11.15.13_Paugus Bay
Check out the new map atlas that can be found under the ‘Watershed’ tab. The selection of maps provide a quick visual of where certain features are found such as aquifers, steep slopes, wetlands, and which communities have ordinances in place to protect these features or resources.