The dam was opened on October 9th to drop the water level to minimize winter ice damage to shorefronts, to reduce the chance of flooding during the spring thaw, and so that property owners can perform fall and winter shoreline maintenance. The dam will be closed again soon after the ice melts.
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 protecting and preserving the lake and 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. We welcome any Hampstead resident or non-resident who enjoys Sunset Lake and is interested in protecting and preserving it for current and future generations to join our organization.
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. We have also adopted the main roads surrounding Sunset Lake and hold cleanup events in the spring and fall.
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.
Watch this video for a quick introduction to our organization and all that we do.
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 Merchandise page to learn about and purchase clothing and many other items 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.