Umbagog NWR is Releasing a Draft Fishing Plan for Public Review

Fishing is a traditional use of the National Wildlife Refuge System. At Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), we welcome people of all backgrounds and abilities to participate in recreational fishing. Across the country, National Wildlife Refuges work closely with state agencies, tribes, and private partners to expand recreational fishing access. Fishing provides opportunities for communities, families and individuals to enjoy the outdoors, support conservation efforts, and participate in a popular American tradition. 

Umbagog NWR is seeking public review and comment on its proposed fishing opening. The public is invited to review the draft documents (link below) for our proposed fishing program, including the Draft Fishing Plan, Compatibility Determination, and Environmental Assessment. 

These documents will be available for a 45-day comment period from March 16th, 2020 until April 29th, 2020.

Umbagog NWR is proposing to:

  • Provide opportunities for freshwater fishing on refuge lands.
  • Officially open fishing on the refuge.

We have cancelled the Open House meeting. The comment period has been extended until April 29th. Please call us if you would like to discuss anything. 

You can submit comments to the refuge by email at or by mail to: 

Umbagog NWR
P.O. Box 240
Errol, NH 03579

Documents for review:

Draft Fishing Plan for Umbagog NWR with Compatibility Determination and Environmental Assessment

For more information, you can contact the refuge at (603) 482-3415.
Paul Casey, Refuge Manager: ext. 151, 
Ian Drew, Deputy Refuge Manager: ext. 115,


Help Preserve our Native Fisheries

Illegal fish stocking is devastating to our native fish populations, especially brook trout and landlocked salmon. White perch, crappie, bass, and northern pike are among many non-native fish species that are now destroying native populations in many New England waters. These predatory species eat our native game fish and harm the aquatic ecosystems. Moving any fish species from one body of water to another without a permit is a crime. Fines can be as high as $10,000. To report illegal introduction of fish, call Operation Game Theft at 1-800-253-7887.

Fishing is a popular pastime on Umbagog Lake and the surrounding rivers, including the Androscoggin, Magalloway and Rapid Rivers. Before you grab your fishing pole, there a few things you should know. This guide is intended to help you find the fish, identify your catch, and learn more about fish ecology. Learn more from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.