Lake Hosting

What is the Lake Host Program?

The Lake Host™ Program is a courtesy boat inspection program administered by NH LAKES in cooperation with local participating groups to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic nuisance species, both plants and animals, from water body to water body.

Infestations of aquatic nuisance species such as variable milfoil and Asian Clams in our lake are undesirable because: they make recreation in and on the water dangerous and unpleasant; they disrupt the ecological balance of water bodies; they reduce shoreline property values; and they are difficult and expensive to control.

Trained Lake Host Staff help at boat ramps to:

  • Educate visiting boaters about aquatic nuisance species (plants and animals)
  • Conduct brief boater surveys
  • Conduct courtesy boat and trailer inspections to remove all hitchhiking aquatic nuisance species and teach boaters how to do the same
  • Send suspicious plant fragments to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) for identification

Canaan Lake Hosting Program

The Canaan Lake Association has been a participating member of this NH Lake Hosting Program since 2004. Our trained Lake Host Staff are a mixture of volunteers and paid staff who man the boat launch over the weekends and on public holidays between Memorial and Labor Day. The local Lake Host Coordinators are Elizabeth Jutila and Maria Clark.

You Can Help!

You can help expand this program at Canaan Street Lake. Your tax deductible donation provides increased staff hours to educate visitors and inspect boats at Canaan Street Lake.

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Clean – Drain – Dry

Boat owners on removing their boat from the lake are advised to follow the three point program: Clean – Drain – Dry.

    Inspect Boat and Trailer at Launch Site – Remove and dispose, in trash containers, ALL visible plants, animals, mud and other debris. At Home Wash boat & trailer
    At Launch Site drain bilges, motor, bait buckets
  • DRY
    At Home If possible, allow boat, trailer and other equipment to dry out for 5 days.

Learn More:

NH Lake Hosting Program
2019 Lake Host Report
2017 NH Lakes Lake Host Suspicious Specimen Identification
2018 Lake Host Brochure
2018 Lake Host Manual