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Town of Strafford
State: NH
County: Strafford


Water District Drinking Water Source

Cocheco River Watershed

Bow Lake lies across Strafford’s southern border with Northwood, along Province Road. The lake is 1140 acres in size, and is home to 7 species of game fish. Its shoreline is dotted with numerous homes and camps, and several small islands in the lake also have buildings on them. Public boat access is located at the eastern end of the lake, and there are many docks along the shoreline. A dam holds back the waters of Bow Lake at its eastern end, and here the Isinglass River begins. The river flows east and passes under Roller Coaster Road, in a small marsh near a few homes and a farm. It passes through several miles of forest between Parker Mount Road and Dump Road, where it crosses the power line right of way, and crosses into Barrington on its way join the Cocheco River.

Hall Brook originates in an emergent wetland on Strafford’s southern border with Northwood. It flows past a small subdivision on Strafford Road and then passes through a culvert under the road. The brook crosses the power line right of way, and runs past a dozen homes on Canaan Road, which it then passes under, and crosses into Barrington on its way to join the Cocheco River.

Spruce Brook drains an emergent wetland near the power line right of way, east of Central Road. It flows through a half mile of forest and then crosses into Barrington on its way to join the Cocheco River.

The Mohawk River flows out of a small pond, east of Center Strafford. It flows through a small emergent wetland, and then crosses Route 202A. The river runs along Sloper Road, where it passes several homes, and then crosses the power line right of way in a marsh on Parker Mount Road. The river forms a small pond behind a culvert on this road, which it then flows through, and crosses into Barrington on its way to join the Cocheco River.

Berrys River runs into Strafford from Farmington, in a marsh area, east of several farms on First Crown Point Road. The river flows through three quarters of a mile of marsh and then passes under a bridge on Crown Point Road. It then runs through a half mile of forest and crosses the power line right of way, before crossing into Barrington, on its way to join the Cocheco River.

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Water District: none
District Website: none
Water Source: Private Wells
# Accts Serv: none
Other Towns: none
Sewer District: Septic
District Website: none
Receiving Waters: groundwater
# Accts Serv: N/A
Other Towns: none

Population:4025 (U.S. Census Est. 2006)
Area:49.0 square miles


Strafford is a rural town with large blocks of undeveloped forestland in the headwaters of the Berrys, Mohawk, and Isinglass Rivers. The population of the town was 4,025 in 2006 according to census estimates. The population is projected to grow 9% by 2015.

Approximately 70% of Strafford’s 31,360 acre area was in current use tax status as of 2007. This includes 19,295 acres of forest and 1,131 of farmland. However, this designation does not provide permanent protection and development incentives may decrease these numbers in the future.

There are numerous large parcels of conservation land in Strafford. The town forest includes a wide area around Parker Mountain. The Blue Hills Foundation & George M. Lovejoy, Jr. holds a 3983 acre easement in northern Strafford, which abuts several other large privately managed easements. In addition the Bear Paw Regional Greenways trust holds several easements totaling 351 acres throughout Strafford.

Bow Lake is the largest waterbody in Strafford at 1140 acres, and provides ample recreational activities. The town of Strafford maintains a public swimming beach and there is public boat access.

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