Kayakers on Newfound

Kayakers on Newfound. (Courtesy photo)

BRISTOL — The ice on Newfound Lake is breaking up, and boating season is just around the corner. Enter NLRA's boat storage lottery for the chance to keep your canoe or kayak right on the shores of Newfound Lake and the Cockermouth River at Grey Rocks Conservation Area. All NLRA members are eligible to participate in the boat storage lottery, with seven storage spaces currently available. Lottery winners will be chosen at random on April 5th, and winners will submit a $200 rental fee for the storage season of May 1-October 31, 2021. Submit your entry at NewfoundLake.org/storage-lottery. Not a member yet? Visit NewfoundLake.org to become a member now. Questions can be directed to Andrew@NewfoundLake.org, or call 603-744-8689.

Grey Rocks, formerly a marina, was placed in permanent conservation in 2011 and has since been restored by the NLRA to more natural conditions. Home to abundant wildlife, Grey Rocks visitors may spot everything from beaver, bullfrogs, and turtles, to diverse species of waterfowl and Newfound's resident pair of nesting bald eagles! From the non-motorized boat launch, paddlers and rowers can make their way to the Cockermouth River, the Hebron marsh, or into the open waters of Newfound Lake. In 2016, with a grant from the Newfound Lake Charitable Fund, NLRA published the Northern Newfound Water Trail, a helpful map for boaters detailing the numerous points of interest along the north shore of Newfound Lake. On land, Grey Rocks visitors can enjoy 1.5 miles of trails, viewing platforms, and picnic tables. Well-behaved dogs are allowed on-leash. Grey Rocks is a carry-in carry-out property, so remember to bring a bag for any trash or waste.

There’s no need to wait until summer to see everything Grey Rocks has to offer — this property is open year round. Head to 178 N Shore Rd, Hebron, NH to enjoy the beautiful sights of Newfound Lake during spring.

To learn more about the NLRA and Grey Rocks Conservation Area, visit NewfoundLake.org. Membership with NLRA supports education, programs, and collaboration that promotes the conservation and preservation of the Newfound watershed.

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