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What happens on your property affects the lake—whether you live along the lake or miles from it. Our LakeSmart Lake-Friendly Living Program helps ensure future generations inherit a lake with a healthy future.

LakeSmart is an education, evaluation, and recognition program that is free, voluntary, and non-regulatory. It includes an evaluation process to determine how lake-friendly your property and activities are. The evaluation covers driveway and parking areas, structures and wastewater treatment systems, and yard and play areas. For properties along the water, the shoreline and shallow water areas of the lake are included.

If your property doesn’t initially score high enough to achieve LakeSmart status in all areas, you will be provided with lake-friendly living recommendations. Once you have made upgrades, you can take the self-assessment again and request an optional follow-up site visit.

Owners of properties that achieve LakeSmart status in all areas will be awarded the coveted LakeSmart Award. You can help make lake-friendly living the cultural norm in your community by proudly displaying your LakeSmart Award and leading through example and encouraging your neighbors to do the same!

Bring the LakeSmart Program to Your Property

The first step to becoming LakeSmart is to take an online self-assessment survey from the comfort of your home computer. Your survey answers are confidential, and you will be provided with a personalized follow-up report right away to make sure you have the tips you need to earn the LakeSmart Award.

The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Once you have made some additional lake-friendly improvements you can request a FREE and confidential follow-up site visit from a LakeSmart evaluator – this visit takes about an hour and will determine if your property is ready for the LakeSmart Award.

If you do not wish to have a follow-up site visit, you may submit photos of your property in order to be considered for the LakeSmart Award – click here.

Click Here to Take the Online Self-Assessment

If you have problems or questions on this survey or the program, please email lakesmart@nhlakes.org or call 603.226.0299.

Bring the LakeSmart Program to Your Community

Local community groups—like homeowners associations, road and cove associations, and lake and watershed associations—can make a difference by partnering with NH LAKES through the LakeSmart Program.

To find out how bring the LakeSmart lake-friendly living program to your community, contact us—email info@nhlakes.org or call (603) 226-0299.


Become a LakeSmart Service Provider Partner

Partner with NH LAKES and show that your business understands the value of clean and healthy lakes to our environment, our personal well-being, and our New Hampshire communities and economy. Property owners throughout the state need YOUR help to live in a lake-friendly way.

Your participation in the LakeSmart Service Provider Partner Program will increase your brand recognition, drive customers to you, and result in increased sales for your team! Lake-friendly living is good for business, and good for New Hampshire’s residents, visitors, and the environment, too!

The following service providers are invited to apply to participate in the LakeSmart Service Provider Program:

  • Architects & General Contractors & Homebuilders
  • Banking & Lending & Estate Planning Institutions
  • Drinking Water & Wastewater Service Providers
  • Landscaping Service Providers & Suppliers
  • Marine Contractors & Marine Sales
  • Realtors & Property Rental Agencies

To apply for the 2023 LakeSmart Service Provider Program click the button below:


To see a list of our current LakeSmart Service Providers, click the button below.

LakeSmart Service Providers

LakeSmart Service Provider Partner Program Flyer – click here.

LakeSmart Service Provider Partner Program Overview – click here.

Questions? Contact us at lakesmart@nhlakes.org or 603.226.0299.

Lake-Friendly Living Resources

Knowing where to find reliable and accurate information to help you with LakeSmart lake-friendly living projects on your property and in your home can be daunting. That’s why we’ve compiled a resource library to help you along the way!

LakeSmart Resource Library

In addition to these great resources, you can find additional information in our Article and Video Library.

Lake-Friendly Living Webinar Series

Whether you live along a lake or far from the nearest waterbody, if you maintain a household, yard, gravel road or driveway, or septic system, this webinar opportunity is for you! We’ve pulled together a few experts who shared their time and tips on how to live in a lake-friendly way—all to help keep the lakes you love, clean and healthy.

The “LakesSmart Lake-Friendly Living” webinar series was kicked off with five webinars in spring 2020. Click the button below to view the slides or watch the recordings:

Lake-Friendly Living Webinar Series

And, stay tuned. We may add to this series at some point!