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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All Things Pleasant on the Lake

As flags around the lake are lowered to half staff, we turn to Nature to seek balance and stability in troubled times. Nature is here for us now, hand in hand with Autumn, who often chooses to begin the day with a warm loving sunrise. Autumn’s colors rise with the sun, as Kingfisher chatters his approval and Mergansers begin their search for breakfast.

All Things Pleasant on the Lake

Have you been a caterpillar lately? Sometimes we feel that we are just crawling along, making it through every day. Or worse, tucked deep inside our chrysalis, shut away from all that is beautiful and good. Well, metamorphosis is not limited to caterpillars! Be inspired by Autumn’s fresh, invigorating air! Feel your spirit rise at the sight of vibrant splashes of color among the leaves and the rich crop of cones in the evergreens

All Things Pleasant on the Lake

Autumn begins. She is just a whisper now, but we see her glowing face in the still waters of the lake. Autumn means that Mother and Father Loon will begin their molt. A few gray feathers are beginning to appear around their beak and chin. Along the shores, bumblebees bob happily in the jewelweed and gorgeous purple and pink asters attract butterflies.

All Things Pleasant On The Lake

Mother Loon is clearly enjoying her ride. She takes every opportunity to nurture chicks Ping and Pong. Father Loon participates as well, but also spends time on lake patrol, dealing with groups of visitors and letting them know that this is indeed his lake. The family is together at night, and it is then that Mother and Father teach Ping and Pong the songs

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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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