Big Island Pond


Big Island Pond

Town(s): Atkinson NH, Derry NH, Hampstead NH
County: Rockingham

Size: 532 acres
Average Depth: 34 feet
Maximum Depth: 70 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, Jet-skis, State & Local Rules & Regulations Apply
Boating Comments: All boaters are especially encouraged to minimize their wakes during high water periods to avoid home and shoreline damage.
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, No Restrictions

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Big Island Pond is located in Southern New Hampshire in the towns of Atkinson, Hampstead and Derry NH. It is a very popular 500 +/- acre lake, with 15 miles of shoreline and clear waters as deep as 75 feet. Big Island Pond enjoys a great real estate reputation, meaning that property values traditionally have remained strong. Big island Pond is a private pond with no public beaches or access other than a day fishing permit. The pond has one campground located in the town of Hampstead called Sanborn Shore Acres which is family owned campground that has limited availability due to its prime location in Southern NH.  It is a private pond with no public access other than fishing by license only.

Home to year-round and seasonal residents, Big Island Pond offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities such as swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, motor boating and water skiing.  Public conservation lands around Big Island Pond also offer hiking and nature trails, biking, bird watching and picnicking.

Docks (stationary and removable) and moorings are regulated by the State. Guidelines for setbacks, sizes, materials and usage are all available. Permits are required for modifications and new construction.

Big Island Pond Corporation is a non-profit corporation created for the management and protection of Big Island Pond, and is structured to provide equal representation to all property owners. Shares are sold to lake residents giving them equal voting rights on concerns affecting the lake. Water levels, dam maintenance, water testing, weed patrols, fireworks coordination, boat ramp management, fisherman's access and shoreland/water education are the focus of the Big Island Pond Corporation.

Water Quality: Treated Annually
Vegetation Growth: Moderate
Non-native Species: Eurasian Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum Spicatum)

Fishing Comments: The State of New Hampshire requires all resident and non-resident fishermen age 16 and above to obtain and carry a fishing license for the current calendar year. Licenses can be obtained for periods of 1-day, 3-days, 7-days, and a full year.
Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, White Perch, Brown Bullhead, Sunfish, Golden Shiner, American Eel

Boat Access: None, Private Lake
Ramp Comments: ACCESS: Town ramp, limited access residents only, SW end. BIPC has a boat ramp at the end of Escumbuit Road in Derry. This is used as the Fisherman's Access. It is also available to BIPC Shareholders to launch your boat in the Spring, remove it in the Fall, or take your boat in or out for repairs or emergencies. Contact Herb Lippold at 603-898-9248 for details.
Parking Spaces: Less than 10

Shoreline Development: 50-75%