Who We Are

LAON is an all-volunteer group dedicated to preserving the health and beauty of Norways four lakes: Sand Pond, Hobbs Pond, North Pond and Lake Pennesseewassee.  We protect the lakes from harmful invasive plants and pollutants, monitor and report on each lake’s condition, encourage responsible recreation, and conduct a broad based awareness campaign to reach our entire watershed community.

Of course, the key to our lakes health is the actions of all our members: Controlling erosion on their properties and roads.  Removing all plants and debris from all boats and equipment.  Limiting wake to protect other people, our shoreline, and property (state law requires minimum wake within 200′ of land).

Our members enjoy swimming, boating, fishing and other water sports during the summer and ice fishing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and skating on the lakes all winter.


The 6th Annual Length of Lake Swim will be on Sunday, August 15th as a fundraiser and celebration of the health of our lakes. Two and three person teams are welcome! If you want to swim or have a party boat, contact us!

In addition, we will be conducting an Erosion Control Workshop on how to limit erosion on driveways and camp roads. This is to reduce the amount of algae growing phosphorus such erosion brings into your lake. It will be 10 am on Saturday, August 21st (rain day, August 22nd), and will be held on Boulder Way (off of Goat Island Way, which is off of Sandy Shore Lane). All are welcome. This follows the recently competed buffer zone planting workshop where participants learned how to reduce harmful erosion on their land.

What’s New

The 2021 Annual Meeting Presentation has been posted.

Our 2021 newsletter highlights the challenges confronting us and the responsive programs we’ve developed. Our strength is based on our multifaceted approach, our success is based on lakeshore property owner involvement.

See the updates on the Lake Pennesseewassee watershed protection program:

Also, please review the summary of the highly successful North Pond Watershed Protection project, which was conducted during the fall of 2017 through end of 2019.

Read the detailed agenda and meeting minutes from the July, 2019 annual LAON meeting.


Our sponsors are caring local businesses which recognize the connection between the quality of our lakes and local economic vitality. The Town of Norway is our main partner; we are grateful for its ongoing support. Our business sponsors are listed on Thanks to Our Sponsors.

We need you to Invest in our future.  We rely on annual membership dues and business sponsorship to support our work. (All donations are fully tax exempt)

Get LAON Shirts and Tote Bags

We have designed, and have available for sale, a variety of LAON shirts and Tote Bags!  Please consider buying shirts or bags for yourself, your family members and maybe even your frequent guests.  When we begin to wear these shirts and carry these bags around town, we will be sparking awareness of what LAON does for our entire community.

Would you like to be on our email list?  (We only send a few messages each year and we won’t share our address list.) Just complete this form or Email: norwaylaon@gmail.com. Don’t forget to add us to your address book so that our messages reach you!