Lake Host Program


The Lake Host™ Program is a courtesy boat inspection program sponsored  by NH LAKES in cooperation with the SLA. The program's aim is to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive aquatic plants and animals such as eurasian milfoil and chinese mystery snails into Spofford Lake. 


Infestations of these and similar species can quickly and fundamentally change the character of a lake, stream or river. Recreation in and on the water can become unpleasant and even dangerous. Shoreline area property values decline. Infestation is difficult to remediate and expensive to control. 


NH legislation has recently created a program to boost  prevention. Boaters are now required to "Arrive Cleaned, Drained & Dry" to block invasive species from moving between water bodies on or in boats. For more information, see    https://nhlakes.org/clean-drain-dry/ .  Through this program, our Lake Hosts are working to protect, preserve and sustain Spofford Lake's environmental and recreational character. 


In 2018 the Lake Hosts inspected 4890 boats entering the lake. The Lake Host program is administered through NH Lakes. The local cost of the program was $19,927 of which $6,000 was contributed by the Chesterfield Conservation Commission. In addition to these expenditures, the SLA receives grant proceeds of $3,450. The total cost of the Lake Host program in 2018 was $23,377   


Volunteer at the Boat Ramp!!

Seriously!! We need volunteers to augment the schedule kept by our Lake Hosts. If you're interested in helping keep Spofford Lake pristine and clear, and in meeting interesting people as they 'launch' their day on the lake, 'Contact Us' on the right.