Dedicated to protect the interest of the lake community to enhance property values and recreational opportunities. See the full Mission Statement
July's semi annual meeting will be held Saturday, July 19, 10am at the home of President Bill and Pat Mannion. For directions and other info, please see Notice 2014 July Meeting.

DES Beach Sampling

The NH DES has resumed beach sampling for the season. You can follow the latest statewide results here.

Fishing Reports

For the latest NH Fish and Game reports click here.

2013 Meetings:

The August meeting was held Sunday, Aug 25, at Camp Mi-Te-Ne. Sara Steiner from the DES was our guest speaker. Minutes are available.

Preceding the business  meeting, Amy Smagula of the DES presented a Weed Watcher class on identifying invasive species.  Both DES presentations were excellently received.

Lost 'n Found

Public Safety  Numbers:

Marine Patrol:
Gilford, NH 603-293-2037
NH Fish and Game:

Items of Interest:

Latest News:  
VLAP water test results for the 2013 summer are available: click here.  
All previous tests are on the Documents page. 

Gearing up for the 2014 season, our Halfmoon Water Quality team will continue to monitor our lake's water. 

On Milfoil:  2013 marked the third summer season our scouts, including Linda Bramante and Deb Fedorchak, found no traces of milfoil.

Of Interest: 
Boat visitors, 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 Aquatic Hitchhikers.

Boating Guide and Safety Course

Boating License (and information): Sign up for the boating course.

Latest Fishing Advisory from Fish and Game.

What is that fish you caught? Try Fishopedia

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. 

Want to add beach sand? Check out DES fact sheet.

Towing floats or skiers? Check what's required.

The Shoreland Homeowner Guide to Stormwater Management provides ideas to combat storm runoff.

Crescent Lake, as Halfmoon was known, circa 1940

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. This glacial formed lake, just off Route 28, has a substrate of 75% sand and 25% rock, and a 90% wooded and 10% marsh shoreline. Halfmoon boasts good availability of large- and smallmouth bass, yellow and white perch, hornpout, and also a summer abundance of pumpkinseed and bluegill sunfish. Ice-out is usually expected by late April, though often earlier.

The above image of Halfmoon Lake, previously know as Crescent Lake, is from a double postcard dated 1940, though it is probably of a photograph taken at an earlier period.
Courtesy of Mike McDavitt of 

Halfmoon Lake's Neighborhoods: 


Rainbow - John Wheeler


Misty Foliage - Barbara Hatch

Winter Sunset

Winter Sunset - Mike Fedorchak


Icestorm - Mike Fedorchak


Eagle in a cove - Bill Mannion

Loon displays

Loon displaying - John Wheeler

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