Welcome to the Pleasant Lake Protective Association (PLPA) website!

The PLPA was incorporated in 1969 by a group of far-sighted New London residents who valued the wonderful natural resource we have in Pleasant Lake and wanted to provide for its long-term protection. Thirty-seven years later in 2006, we revised our articles of agreement and by-laws to better reflect the increased array and complexity of our yearly activities. Those revisions also helped the PLPA qualify as a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization in 2007.
As you explore the many aspects of the PLPA and the important work it does, please consider joining us as a member and/or as a volunteer. Pleasant Lake is very special and we, like the far-sighted people who founded the PLPA so long ago, need to work hard to protect and preserve this natural treasure for generations to come.

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Keep Pleasant Lake a special place

For all who visit or live in New London, NH, or the surrounding communities, the importance of Pleasant Lake to our sense of place, and the regional watershed is unquestionable. The Pleasant Lake Protective Association, as a recognized 501 (c) 3 tax exempt non-profit organization, is dedicated to responsible stewardship of the lake’s quality, natural beauty, and recreational opportunities. 

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Get the Lead Out!

Lead is 100% fatal to Loons & other Waterbirds

Pleasant Lake reminds all anglers that a new law increasing protection for loons from lead fishing tackle went into effect in 2016. This current law bans the SALE and the freshwater USE of lead sinkers and jigs weighing one ounce or less. What’s in your tackle box and on your fishing line? Please dispose of the old lead tackle properly. Please obey the law and stop using lead tackle!

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Recent Posts

Pleasant Lake Loon Chicks at Six Weeks of Age

Ping and Pong are growing by leaps and bounds! Their new gray contour feathers are readily visible now as more down feathers fall away. Flight feathers are growing as well. The chicks are much more streamlined. They are diving often and staying underwater for longer periods of time. And just look at those huge webbed feet! The family has had a good week with more peaceful hours.

Pleasant Lake Loon Chicks at Five Weeks of Age

A number of loons continue to drop in to visit Mother and Father Loon. Some of them stay to fish for a few hours, but most of them leave the lake after socializing. The biggest threat this week has been visiting eagles. Two, sometimes three eagles have been spotted cruising overhead, as well as perched in trees along the shoreline.

Pleasant Lake Loon Chicks at Four Weeks of Age

Loon Chicks Ping and Pong turned four weeks old on July 14th! They continue to grow and thrive under the loving care of Mother and Father Loon. Occasionally they find themselves left alone, as another loon might be on the lake that needs a visit from Mother and Father. Most of the time the family is happily together...feeding, cruising, teaching and learning all the hundreds of loon lessons that little loons must learn!

All Things Pleasant on the Lake

All about on the lake there are little ones, growing, growing so quickly. Mother Merganser has seven babies all full of energy as they zip along the shoreline. Mrs. Mallard and her three chicks look to be almost the same size. Mother Black Bear has scooped up fish for her two young cubs out on the raft.

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Watershed Conservation

PLPA works to collect information concerning development, possible zoning changes and subdivision regulations within the Pleasant Lake watershed and works with the PLPA Board to determine appropriate action if Pleasant Lake or its watershed is threatened.
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Fish Conservation 

PLPA assists and supports the work of federal, state and local authorities in protecting Pleasant Lake’s natural population of fish.
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Wildlife Conservation

PLPA monitors and reports on the state of water birds and the other wildlife of Pleasant Lake and its watershed. It also works to protect the natural populations of these water birds and other wildlife. The top priority is the Common Loon, a threatened species in the State of New Hampshire.
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Invasive Weed Prevention

PLPA works to keep exotic invasive weeds out of Pleasant Lake. This committee is responsible for two very important PLPA programs: the Lake Host Program and Weed Watchers.
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