Is a Perched Beach Installation the Solution to Your NH Waterfront Conundrum?

The perched beach is quickly becoming the new beach for New Hampshire lakefront owners. With strict rules imposed by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, getting permission to install an old-fashioned beach with sand up to and into the lake is nearly impossible.  Why you ask?  Well, for one, sand material added to a constructed beach area will generally be pulled away by wave action.  Further, added sand will settle through into the natural lake bottom.  Although it may take hundreds or thousands of years for a lake to ‘fill-in’, it is a reality that must be faced and considered to prevent a lake from eventually becoming nothing more than a marshy wetland.

So how is one still able to enjoy their waterfront property with toes in the sand or lounging on a chaise?  The answer is likely a perched beach installation.  A perched beach is one that is constructed and elevated above the high water mark.   A perched beach installed on a NH waterfront shoreline is generally achieved through the use of stone walls at the water’s edge, with the beach area behind the wall.  Often, access is granted to the water through the use of integrated steps within the wall. The perched beach method eliminates most of the physical, biological, and chemical impacts sand replenishment would typically have on the lake ecosystem when placed directly on grade with the lake.

Check out the video and pictures below for a quick tour of a perched beach installation we performed during lake draw-down on Great East Lake.  Also included is a brief synopsis of NHDES regulations on Perched Beach constructions and regulations.

If a perched beach is the answer to your waterfront problem, be sure to call us for a consultation.  We have the expertise to install a beautiful and functional beach area for you, and also handle all permitting with NHDES for a pain free installation.

Perched Beach DES regs

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