The Loons Have Returned - Photos from Previous Years

Established to promote the conservation of the quality of the environment of the area in the watershed of Lake Kanasatka, including the conservation of the natural resources of the land, water, marshland, woodland and open spaces, as well as the plant and animal life therein, and the protection of the water quality of Lake Kanasatka and its tributaries against pollution.

The Kilnwood Loon Cams

The Kilnwood Loon Web Cam and the Kilnwood Loon Nest Cam are online waiting for our adult pair to start their spring ritual.  Check back often to see if there is any activity.  Find the Kilnwood Loon Cams here.

The Latest LKWA  Newsletter is Here!

The Spring 2016 edition has been mailed to over 350 residents and friends of Lake Kanasatka and Wakondah Pond.  If you missed getting your copy, you can find the newsletter online here.

Fish Lead Free

New Hampshire State Law prohibits the use of lead jigs less than one inch in length and sinkers weighing one ounce or less.

Effective June 2016 the sale and freshwater use of lead fishing sinkers and jigs weighing one ounce or less will be banned in New Hampshire. NH LAKES, along with a coalition of groups including The Loon Preservation Committee, help pass this important safeguard to protect our loons and aquatic wildlife.

Why Fish Lead Free?

Fishing lead free is better for our lakes and our wildlife. Ingested lead fishing tackle is the leading cause of death for adult Common Loons, but also affects many other species of wildlife in New Hampshire.

Angler’s Guide to Lead-Free Fishing

Non-toxic tackle comes in many metal choices and modern metal alloys offer the angler a number of advantages:
▪ They are environmentally safe
▪ They have more sound producing qualities to call in those fish and up your catch
▪ Tungsten, is more dense and hard than lead, and allows the angler to “feel” the bait more effectively which in turns helps the angler feel the bite
▪ Any zinc-containing fishing tackle is not recommended because it is also toxic to wildlife

For information on where to buy lead free fishing tackle and where to dispose of lead tackle in New Hampshire, visit

About Fish Lead-Free

Fish Lead-Free is a regional initiative to help anglers switch to lead-free tackle. To find out laws, where to buy lead-free tackle, and where to dispose of tackle in your region, visit

NH Fish Consumption Guidelines

from the Department of Environmental Services.  Going Fishing?   Are you concerned about the mercury level in the lake's fish? How much fish is safe to eat?   Download a Fact Sheet on the subject here.

Historic Happenings from the NH Lakes Association

Friday, March 18, is a day that will go down in history in New Hampshire - at least until next year. March 18 is now the earliest recorded date for 'ice-out' on Lake Winnipesaukee and Lake Sunapee. We know that most of New Hampshire's 1,000 lakes and ponds also experienced their earliest recorded ice-out this year.

While an early ice-out may be a cause for celebration for many, it is also a cause for concern. An early ice-out means an early start to the growing season for all plants in the lake - native and invasive. And, an early ice-out means that the water will warm up sooner than in previous years. While this may be good for swimming, it may also be good for the growth of nuisance and potentially toxic algae and bacteria.

It's more important now, than ever, for all of us to better understand the threats to our lakes and to do what we can to protect these irreplaceable natural resources. There is a lot that you can do to make a difference and NH LAKES is here to help. Here are two things you can do today: 1. Read this issue of Shorelines; 2. Then, forward this issue to your fellow lake association members and lake friends.

Are you a member of the LKWA?

We would welcome your continued membership in our organization to insure our future success.  Click here to renew or add your membership to our organization for the amount of $25 and send your contact information details to the Lake Kanasatka Watershed Association.  If you have any questions please email us at

As you know our mission is preserving and protecting our cherished lake.  Our Lake Kanasatka water sampling program, in concert with the University of New Hampshire, monitors the health of our lake.  This is our largest expense.  We also host our July business meeting at the loon center and have our annual social potluck luncheon/meeting in August.  Annually we have contributed to three local conservation organizations, the Loon Center, the Lake Region Conservation Trust and the NH Lake Association.  We help fund the Kanasatka loon nesting platform effort and were disappointed this year with the loss of our two chicks.  All of our efforts are enhanced and documented via our website and facebook page. We as an organization would like to continue all of these efforts and can with your continued support.

We would welcome the continuation of your support towards supporting our mutual goal, the preservation of our lake.

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