In the spirit of fostering good neighbor relations and helping to keep the pond and wildlife healthy and safe, here are some suggested rental rules to include in your rental agreement. These rules are derived from sample templates provided by such sites as Homeaway and VRBO, as well as, rules that other pond and lake associations use and that one of our members who rents property has shared with us. Add our Pond Acoustic section to your specific rental agreement or information amenity book, as your guests are likely to be unaware of this.
Guest agrees to abide by the these Rental Rules at all times while at the property and shall cause all members of the rental party and anyone else Guest permits on the property to abide by the following rules at all times while at the property.
Use of Premises. Vacationers will comply with all local laws, ordinances and community rules regarding the use of the premises.
Number of Guests: People other than those in the Guest party set forth above may not stay overnight in the property. Any other person in the property is the sole responsibility of Guest. Guests are not allowed to exceed the occupancy limit agreed to above.
Noise: Guests should not create excessive noise at a level that disturbs neighbors. Be considerate when you are recreating outdoors on or near the pond by refraining from blasting loud music, loud conversation, and screaming. Sound carries extremely well over the pond and everyone around the pond is entitled, as are vacationers, to quiet enjoyment of this environment. Any disturbance resulting in police action, neighborhood complaints or any violation of the rules and regulations is considered sufficient cause for immediate termination of your stay with all monies paid forfeited.
Fireworks: Please refrain from bringing or using fireworks on or near the pond. Use of fireworks on the pond is a source of legitimate concern because of the potential impact of such displays on water quality, wildlife, neighbors, and property. Fireworks contain phosphorous and radioactive and toxic, cancer-causing heavy metals that could push the pond’s health rating from its current mesotrophic status closer to a downgraded Eutrophic status, which is characterized by low dissolved oxygen, excessive plant and algal growth, cyanobacteria blooms, and fish kills, with dramatic consequences for wildlife, recreational activities and property values.
Use of cleaning products in or near shoreline: Do not bathe, shampoo or wash boats, pets or other objects in the pond with soap or phosphorous-containing detergents
Bringing your own boats: Bearcamp Pond is a small, relatively shallow lake with large boulders in a number of areas, which are not easily visible. There is a 10 MPH speed limit on the pond so motorboats are discouraged. It is possible, through tires & wheels on trailers, and other parts of trailers, and the bottom of canoes, kayaks and boats, etc., to introduce unwanted exotic nuisance plants such as Eurasian milfoil into the pond. Such invasive plant species could severely damage the pond and render it unusable for recreation. Thus, we do not encourage you to bring boats, canoes, kayaks, etc. We have a variety of boats on the property for your use. If you do, nevertheless, bring your own watercraft, be sure to wash the watercraft and all trailer parts thoroughly, and inspect them and remove all plant material before introducing them into Bearcamp Pond, per NH State Law. This will help ensure the beautiful pond we all know and love.
Protecting our loons: There is always a nesting pair of loons on Bearcamp Pond, usually with chicks who are born in late June. It is imperative that we all respect the loons and their habitat; they need the entire pond for feeding. There are signs posted at the entrance to their nesting area telling boaters to not enter. Please obey these signs. If you see the loons, enjoy them from a distance and NEVER chase them. Stay at least 150 feet from them. If they pop out of the water near your boat when you are out enjoying the pond, keep quiet and be sure to paddle away from them slowly and so that you are not between any loons and/or chicks, as this will distress them. You may see others failing to abide by these simple guidelines, but do not take the irresponsible actions of others as a license to enter the nesting area, chase the loons, or get too close to them. Use only lead-free fishing tackle; never fish with lead sinkers – it is against NH Law now. Loons sometimes swallow small pebbles as part of their digestive system. If sinkers break off the line loons may swallow then as part of this digestive activity, and lead sinkers are poisonous to loons, usually fatally so. Any reports of our guests failing to respect the loons will likely result in the guest being unable to return in future years. Feel free to visit the Loon Preservation Committee headquarters in Moultonborough for more interesting information and safety tips.
Your own additional Rules, e.g., use of your septic system, mobile homes on the property:
Failure to adhere to these rules will be considered sufficient cause for immediate termination of your stay and all monies paid will be forfeited.