Outdoor Activities & Policies

Walking, Hiking, Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, and Nature Observation

LRCT believes that it is important for Lakes Region residents and visitors to be able to enjoy and learn from our conserved lands. Residents and visitors can enjoy low-impact and non-mechanized recreational uses such as walking, hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and nature observation, from sunrise to sunset on LRCT-owned properties. These uses and activities recognize and respect the importance of protecting wildlife habitat and other resource values intrinsic to the natural world—e.g. the sights, sounds, smells, and peaceful settings that nature affords.

In a few cases, access may be limited to specific areas or to a specified number of people at any one time. This could be because of sensitive ecological conditions or restrictions that were imposed in the deed conveying the land to LRCT. In addition, some properties are not promoted for extensive public use because they do not have frontage on a public way or an improved parking area.

Fishing and Hunting

  • Fishing is allowed in all waterways and water bodies on LRCT-owned property in accordance with the requirements of New Hampshire law.
  • Hunting is a traditional use of woodlands in New Hampshire and is allowed on many LRCT-owned properties, in accordance with the requirements of New Hampshire law.
  • Hunting is not allowed on certain properties or portions where:
    • it would pose a safety risk given intensive recreational or other use of the property or the close proximity of structures, or
    • the deed conveying the land to LRCT prohibits hunting.
  • Hunting with bear dogs, training of bear dogs, and bear baiting are not allowed on LRCT-owned land. Please click below for a list of LRCT properties where hunting is restricted.

Mechanized and Motorized Vehicles

  • Mountain bikes are allowed on certain LRCT-owned properties where LRCT has determined that such use will not cause unacceptable impacts to trails and will not result in unacceptable conflicts with other users.
  • Snowmobiles are allowed on certain LRCT-owned properties where such use has traditionally occurred and LRCT has determined that the use won’t cause unacceptable impacts to trails and won’t result in unacceptable conflicts with other users and where LRCT has a trail maintenance agreement with the NH Trails Bureau or a local snowmobile club.
  • ATVs are not allowed on LRCT-owned properties because of their potential for safety hazards, damage to trails and vegetation, and conflict with other trail users.

Dogs & Horses

  • Dogs are allowed with their masters on LRCT-owned property provided that the dogs are under leash or verbal control at all times, with certain exceptions.
  • Horses and horseback riding are not allowed on LRCT-owned property because of their potential for damage to trails and vegetation, introduction of non-native vegetation, and conflict with other trail users.

Hours of Use

From sunrise to sunset only; no overnight use.

Camping & Fires

  • Camping and fires are not allowed on LRCT lands.