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.

Items of Interest:

Lost and Found

Lost an item or found something, check Lost 'n Found.

Tonight's Sky

What's up tonight, see http://earthsky.org/tonight.

Fishing Reports/ License

For the latest Fish and Game reports and advisory. Click here
To get your fishing license on line, Click here.

DES Beach Sampling

The NH DES undertakes seasonal beach sampling for water quality. You can follow the latest statewide results, Click here.

Milfoil and boating:

Please check your boat for milfoil.  Also, check out the quick guide to Exotic Aquatic Plants. And check out the Fish and Game's call to prevent the Alien Invasion. (PDF format)

Boating Course/ Permit:

To sign up for the boating safety course or to get info, Click here. And for the Boating Handbook, Click here.

Fish and Bird ID:

What is that fish you caught? Try Fishopedia. What is that bird (ducks, geese)? Try Audubon.

The Shoreland Project

site of the DES offers information on the Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act from permits to runoff issues. Most helpful is the extensive FAQs. Click here.

Beach Sand

Want to add sand? Check out DES fact sheet.

Towing floats or skiers?

Check what's required along with a score of other frequently asked questions for the Marine Patrol: Click here.

Public Safety  Numbers:

Marine Patrol - Gilford:
For emergencies 911,
else 603-293-2037.
If calling about a safety issue, press "0" for Dispatch.
Online at: http://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/nhsp/fob/marine-patrol/index.html
NH Fish and Game:
603-271-3211
Online at: http://www.wildlife. state.nh.us
Crescent Lake, as Halfmoon was known, circa 1940

Welcome to Halfmoon Lake

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.


Latest News:

July Meeting:  The 49th biannual meeting of HMLA will be held Saturday, July 11, at 10 AM at the home of Bill and Pat Mannion at 33 Rustic Shores Road. Rain date is Sunday July 12. Ample parking is available above the house on the left roadside. Additional details and directions can be found in Secretary Kate Brown’s newsletter, click here.
Please be sure to join us for the meeting. We not only need your support, but would like to take the opportunity to meet all our lake neighbors. And please remember to bring your favorite chair!
For your convenience access the Dues Form here. And you can access all association documents on the Documents page.

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. 

2014

Boat Parade:

Last year, on Saturday, August 30. we gathered off Camp Mi-Te-Na for the 8 PM parade start, led this year by newly elected Vice President John Wheeler. 

2014 August Meetings

August semi annual meeting was held Sunday, Aug 24 at Camp Mi-Te-Na.  Minutes are available.  

Milfoil found:

Our lake watchers discovered Milfoil off South Shore Drive. Swift action got DES involved. A state diver pulled the weeds. A full report was given at the August meeting. See the August Minutes

Water Test Results

Click here for the latest results from the August sampling at various locations on the lake.

Map Project update continues but many names still need updating.  Check out the revised resident map on the Documents page. If you see a needed change, contact us

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

Halfmoon Lake's Neighborhoods: 



Loon nest building team Loon nest building team
by John Cooley
Man made loon nest

Loon nest in position
By John Cooley



Winter Sunset

Winter Sunset - Mike Fedorchak

Rainbow

Icestorm - Mike Fedorchak

Eagle

Eagle in a cove - Bill Mannion

Loon displays

Loon displaying - John Wheeler



View more pictures at the Photo Gallery.

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