The Chocorua Lake Conservancy (CLC) is a volunteer-led, nonprofit land trust founded in 1968. The CLC owns or manages almost 1,000 acres of conservation land across 17 properties, and protects 3,000 additional acres through perpetual conservation covenants and easements on over 100 properties.
Our main areas of focus include:
Land Conservation: We protect the scenic and natural resources of the Chocorua Lake Basin and surrounding area.
Lake Protection: Through monitoring and other activities, we protect the pristine water quality of Chocorua Lake, the Chocorua River, and other tributaries.
Forest Protection: Conducting and modeling sustainable forestry operations.
Education & Outreach: We offer events throughout the year to encourage people of all ages to enjoy Chocorua Lake and the trails that surround it, to learn more about the natural world we’re part of, to engage in active stewardship with us, and to have fun with friends and neighbors while doing all these things.
Artist Byron Carr of Contoocook, NH, has generously donated to the CLC two beautiful, framed oil paintings of the Chocorua Lake Basin, with Mount Chocorua in the background.
Meet new friends or old, learn new steps, or teach familiar ones to a friend or neighbor, and be part of a longstanding New England tradition, all in one evening.
Come spend a morning out-of-doors with friends and neighbors helping to steward some of the Chocorua Lake Conservancy’s walking trails.
Matt Coughlan, the Crawford Path Project Manager for the White Mountain Trail Collective, invites anyone who wants to support and care for hiking trails in the White Mountains to join him on one of two Crawford Path work days, on August 3 & 24.
Do you know someone who would make a good candidate to serve on the CLC’s Board of Directors, or on a Board Committee? Share your ideas, by Tuesday, July 16, with Melissa Baldwin, Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee.
The results of ten sampling events during the summer of 2018 show that the water quality of Chocorua Lake this past year was outstanding, falling within the “oligotrophic/excellent” range for fresh water lakes in New Hampshire.
On behalf of the board of directors of the Chocorua Lake Conservancy (CLC), I want to thank this wonderful community for supporting our organization’s recently completed Timeless Chocorua capital campaign.
On June 9, 2005, the Chocorua Lake Basin Historic District was listed on the Register of National Historic Places, the largest such district in New England. The district covers more than 6,000 acres surrounding Chocorua Lake.
Mount Chocorua was long said to bear the name of Chief Chocorua, a fictitious Native American who, according to legends created by white colonists, lived with his young son in the area that is now Tamworth, New Hampshire, in the early 1700s.
While local legend, created by white colonists and their descendants, has it that Mount Chocorua was named for a Native American Chief Chocorua, historical evidence does not support the legend or the notion that the mountain is named for any person. Historian Mary Ellen Lepionka has written extensively about this, using historical evidence to debunk the myth, and etymology to speculate about where Chocorua may have gotten its name.
One trail is said to have been used by Native Americans before the English arrived on these shores. Some trails begin as a road or bridle path, others are created expressly as hiking trails.
Mount Chocorua’s bare, rocky summit is attributable to a succession of forest fires from the early 19th to early 20th centuries.
When we were painting the Chocorua Lake Crankie last year, David Little turned up and said the crankie had to have a “No Skinny Dippin’” sign, just as it’s painted, bulls-eye and all…
Banner: Kristina Folcik. Other photos: Juno Lamb