Visiting New Hampshire's Biodiversity


Umbagog Lake



Description:
Umbagog Lake supports extensive wetland community complexes along its shores. In particular, several exemplary peatland system and community types can be seen at Leonard Marsh, Harpers Meadow, and Sweat Meadows on the western shore near the mouth of the Magalloway River. The Refuge supports a great variety of wildlife species, including moose, eagles, ospreys, loons, otters, and mink. Several campsites are located around the lake, some on small islands that are only accessible by boat. The best way to get out and see this pristine lake is in a canoe, with binoculars and time to spare.


Directions:
The Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge is located approximately 30 miles north of Berlin, New Hampshire and approximately 40 miles south of the U.S. and Canada border. The Refuge Headquarters are located on Rte. 16, about 5.5 miles north of Errol, NH. Because the majority of the refuge includes lands surrounding Lake Umbagog and the Magalloway River, the best access is by boat. Paddling allows you to explore the shallow marshes and narrow waterways of the refuge.

Landowners:
US Fish & Wildlife Service, others

Images (hold mouse over image for caption)

Loons on Umbagog Lake (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Umbagog Lake campsite (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Sunset/moonset over osprey nest (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Canoeing on Umbagog Lake (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Duck on Umbagog Lake (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Osprey nest at Umbagog (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Kayaking on Umbagog Lake (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

air photo of northern Umbagog Lake


Link: lakeumbagog.fws.gov/

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