The Ossipee Lake Public Ramp On Pine River Is Getting An Upgrade

by Christian Mower on August 3, 2016

Fish and GameOssipee, NH – The N.H. Fish and Game Department is upgrading the trailered boat ramp, kayak/canoe access and dock at the public boat ramp facility located on Pine River (off of Route 25) that provides access to Ossipee Lake in Ossipee, N.H.
Site work in the vicinity of the ramp will continue during the month of August until after the Labor Day Holiday.  Although the ramp will be open, it has not been refurbished yet and at times the site work may delay the use of the ramp for launching and retrieving boats, and parking may be limited.


Beginning Tuesday September 6, 2016, the refurbishment project will focus on the ramp, which will require total closure of the ramp for about a month.  The placement of a turbidity curtain in the water will prevent the launching and retrieving of boats.


This project improves public access to the Pine River and Ossipee Lake. Improvements include reconstruction of the gravel access road and enlarging the parking lot to provide 30 trailer and five car-top spaces, including one trailered and one car top space for recreationists with disabilities. To control storm water runoff discharges to the Pine River and protect water quality, the parking area surface will be constructed with a pervious stone-filled grid to increase storm water runoff infiltration. In addition, two bioretention storm water treatment basins will be created to assist in collecting and infiltrating storm water from the parking lot and driveways slowly into the ground.


The existing single-lane ramp will be replaced with a double-lane ramp using a precast concrete-plank design with a removable floating dock system between the two ramps.  A new timber-terraced gravel footpath leading to a non-motorized (car-top) boat access point will also be created. To improve the water quality at and around the launch area, the addition of concrete-plank ramps will eliminate erosion of the current degraded bituminous ramp surface.  New designated parking spaces will create areas for vehicle and trailer parking and eliminate the need for the public to park in unauthorized areas.


New Hampshire’s Public Boat Access Program is funded through boat registration fees and federal Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration funds.  Fish and Game’s Facilities Construction and Lands Division acquires land for public water access sites, refurbishes existing sites and builds new public boat access areas.  For more information on boating access locations in NH visit www.fishnh.com/access/access-sites.html.