Due to the COVID-19 situation, for the safety of town employees and residents, the town can not provide lifeguards or bathrooms at the beach. NHDES will not be testing for bacteria. Parking will be limited to reduce crowds and it is "swim at your own risk". Swim area buoy lines were put out on June 9th. See our Beach Information section on the Sunset Lake Info page of our website for more information.
The Sunset Lake Association (SLA) was formed in 1982 to help protect our natural resource, promote education, and work with local agencies who want to keep the lake beautiful and healthy for all future generations. We are a membership based organization dedicated to serving the best interests of the people owning property on the shores of, or having legal deeded access to, Sunset Lake (a.k.a. Wash Pond) in Hampstead, NH. As an association we bring together the energies, talents, and funds of individuals for common efforts.
The SLA performs regular water testing in conjunction with the University of New Hampshire (UNH), assists in the annual Loon population count, provides boater safety education with the NH Marine Patrol, and holds fun events such as a decorated boat parade, paddle events, and participates in the annual Hampstead Holiday Parade. The SLA is also responsible for maintaining the lake water level through monitoring weather conditions and adjusting the dam as well as controlling the annual draw down.
Sunset Lake in Hampstead, NH, also known as Wash Pond, is 151 acres in area and is a mile long and a half mile wide. The center of the lake is 30 to 35 feet deep. The town of Hampstead maintains a beach on Sunset Lake which is open to all town residents. There is no boat launch open to the general public.
All of you who enjoy Sunset Lake are invited and encouraged to join the Sunset Lake Association. Your contribution goes to maintaining this beautiful lake by having water samples analyzed, maintaining the SLA website, funding projects and events sponsored by the association, and funding our annual association meeting.
All of you who enjoy Sunset Lake are encouraged and invited to join the Sunset Lake Association. Visit our Membership page to learn more about membership.
Visit our Sunset Lake Information page to learn about water quality testing and protection, the town beach, fishing, the dam and water level control, lakeside landscaping, and invasive species.
Visit our Boating Information page to learn about Sunset Lake boating and watercraft rules and regulations, launch access, and boat clean and drain laws and guidelines.
Proudly represent Sunset Lake with your very own Sunset Lake gear! Visit our Sunset Lake Clothing page to learn about and purchase clothing with the Sunset Lake logo.
Visit Our Team page to learn about the Sunset Lake Association Board of Directors and District Delegates and Alternates whom you can contact for questions and information.
P.O. Box 135
Hampstead, NH 03841
Wash Pond Road, Hampstead, New Hampshire 03841, United States