Nature Economy Fact Sheet #2: Values of Freshwater Recreation in NH

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New Hampshire’s freshwater resources provide numerous values to both residents and visitors. New Hampshire has over 1,000 Lakes and 10,000 miles of rivers and streams that are part of New Hampshire’s impressive “nature economy.” Tourism is a large part of New Hampshire’s economy and our water resources are one of the main attractions that bring visitors to our State. Recreation is also a part of the high quality of life residents of NH enjoy. In the following fact sheet, that was completed as part of larger study on the values and costs of New Hampshire’s water resources with NH Lives on Water (see report file posted here as well for the full report), we show select economic benefit of three types of freshwater recreation: swimming, boating, and fishing.

What Is Our Water Worth and What Does Our Water Cost?


Shannon Rogers
Associate Extension Professor
Affiliated Faculty
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Phone: (603) 862-5171
Office: Cooperative Extension, Nesmith Hall, Durham, NH 03824