Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge Overview

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Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge
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Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge
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Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 240
Errol, NH 03579
Phone 603-482-3415
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  • The Big Island Area is an exposed and potentially wind-tossed route that follows the southwest shore north from the public boat launch on Route 26 in Cambridge, New Hampshire. Camp on Big Island and listen to the loons. On the return, you can hug the shore or detour east to Tidswell Point, where you might spot moose. Be aware that returning this way requires crossing open water.
  • To see the biggest number and variety of wildlife in the reserve, put in at the public boat launch just upstream from the Errol Dam and explore the backwaters north and south of the Androscoggin River. Harper's Meadow and Sweat Meadows boast large numbers of nesting birds. Stay at least 4,000 feet away from the marsh vegetation.
  • Take the Magalloway River south from Lake Umbagog NWR Headquarters in Wentworth Location to Leonard Pond, a complex of islands and channels at the confluence of Lake Umbagog and the Androscoggin and Magalloway Rivers. Look for moose, waterfowl, great blue herons, and nesting bald eagles.
  • Put in near Errol Dam and paddle up the Androscoggin to the lake, then turn north to Leonard Pond. If time permits, continue on to Leonard Marsh, another haven for waterfowl and moose.
By Travel Expert: Karen Berger

Published: 31 Oct 2008 | Last Updated: 13 Sep 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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