Halfmoon Lake Association was founded to protect the interest of property owners through education and the continued monitoring of lake quality in order to enhance both property values and recreational opportunities.
On the Alton-Barnstead line, Halfmoon Lake is a 280 acre natural body of water with a maximum depth of 29 feet and at an elevation of 640 feet. For lake facts and website credits please click here.
2015 HMLA August Meeting
will be held Sunday, August 23, at 11 AM at the Dining Hall of Camp
Mi-Te-Na on Halfmoon Lake. (Please note the time is one hour later
than the usual.) With so much loon activity reported on the lake
this season, including the placement of a man-made loon nest on
Halfmoon, we are excited to have as our guest speaker
project-biologist Tiffany Grande from the Loon Preservation
The business meeting of the association will follow the loon presentation.
Please be sure to join us Sunday at Camp Mi-Te-Na. We not only need your support, but would like to take the opportunity to meet all our lake neighbors.
For your convenience access the Dues Form here.The agenda is available here; July minutes here.
Perseid Meteor Shower is at its peak on the mornings of August 12, 13 and 14. This year the waning crescent moon won’t be rising until shortly before sunrise, so it won’t interfere with the Perseid shower which ranks as a favorite. For details check out http://earthsky.org/tonight
July Meeting: The
49th biannual meeting of HMLA
was held Saturday, July 11, at 10 AM at the home of Bill and Pat
Mannion at 33 Rustic Shores Road. Ample parking was available above
the house on the left roadside. Additional details can be found in
Secretary Kate Brown’s newsletter, click
here. You can access the July
The meeting saw a good turnout and included visitors from the Locke Lake Colony. The HMLA board appreciates the members' support, and the meeting was an opportunity for many to meet their lake neighbors.
For your convenience access the Dues Form here. July minutes are available here; and, remember, you can access all association documents on the Documents page.
Please be sure to join us for the August meeting, scheduled for the 23rd at Camp Mi-Te-Na -- details are to follow.
Mike Fedorchak's award, June 6: At a recent NH Dept of Environmental Services workshop for VLAP members, Mike Fedorchak received the Volunteer Limnologist Award for his service to the lake community working for water quality. Here on Halfmoon, Mike and his team of Water Quality Officers, under the state's VLAP program, sample our lake's water three times over the summer season. Congratulation Mike on a job well done and a most deserving recognition. A picture is available at the Photo Gallery.
Lake hazard marker, June 1: The Marine Patrol, responding to concerns, moved and adjusted the lake marker located off Varney Shores Drive, west of Camp Mi-Te-Na. Over the years many props were ruined hitting rocks off that shore.
Locke Lake Social Club Invite, For June 14: The Locke Lakers Social Club will host a welcome home gathering at the beach for returning snowbirds, and the club extends a special invitation to the Halfmoon Lake Association to join in at 1 PM. Click here for their brochure.
Aluminum Boat Found, May 26: An aluminum row boat washed up in the brook next to Fernhill beach this spring. Someone may have thought it stolen because of the aluminum thefts reported last fall. Please see Lost 'n Found.
NH DES beach sampling, May 26: The 2015 state's beach sampling season started this week. Three Halfmoon beaches are scheduled for testing on June 19. Test results, usually available in a couple of days, can be found here. This state program harmonizes well with HMLA's own water quality testing, which is conducted under the state's VLAP program.
Free Fishing Day: Take advantage of New Hampshire's Free Fishing Day, coming Saturday, June 6. On Free Fishing Day, you can fish anywhere in New Hampshire - freshwater or saltwater - without a fishing license.
Loon Nest Update, May 20: It’s been two weeks since a man-made loon nest was positioned off Rustic Shores and Fernhill; and while we remain optimistic, the loons are not yet responding. A loon couple is sighted almost nightly near the nest; unfortunately, the rent-free housing remains empty. The last two evenings witnessed a beaver (or muskrat?) intent on swimming through the loons' resting area touching off quite a ruckus.
Locke Lake Social Club Invite: The club invites members of Halfmoon Lake to join their social club. This is the social club not the Locke Lake Colony Association. Dues per person, annually, are only $5. Click here for their brochure.
Man-made Loon Nest on Halfmoon: Loon Preservation Committee biologist, John Cooley, and HMLA Vice President, John Wheeler, maneuvered a nest to a hopeful location on May 5 off Rustic Shores and Fernhill. Within a few hours a loon couple reportedly check it out. Let's keep our fingers crossed that we'll be seeing chicks this season. If the loons are successful, of course, we'll all want to give them space. See pictures below and at the Photo Gallery.
Ice-out on Halfmoon arrived Monday, April 20, 2015, a bit later than last year's April 16 ice-out, and four days earlier than for Lake Winnipesaukee, which arrived on April 24 at 4:34 pm.
The July meeting was held Saturday, July 19, at the home of President Bill and Pat Mannion of Rustic Shores. July meeting minutes.
Water Quality Team: Geared up for the 2014 season, our Water Quality team continues to monitor our lake's water. VLAP water test results for the 2013 summer are available: click here. Previous test results are on the Documents page.Lake Milfoil Scouts: Debbie Fedorchak and Linda Bramante, our lake scouts, keep surveillance for invasive weeds. Last year marked the third summer season our scouts found no traces of milfoil. Beach Sampling
View more pictures at the Photo Gallery.