Visitor Activities

  • Hunting

    Moose in the forest - Robert Harris/USFWS.

    Those hunting within the refuge must follow all regulations as described in the New Hampshire or Maine hunting regulations, seasons, and bag limits as well as the refuge-specific regulations outlined on our hunting page.

    Although hunters will not be required to obtain permits to hunt on the refuge, they may be asked to participate in hunter surveys in conjunction with state agencies. This will enable the refuge to gather information regarding the hunt, which will be valuable in assessing and managing future hunting programs.

    Hunting page

  • Fishing

    Kids fishing on the refuge - USFWS.

    Those fishing within the refuge must follow all fishing and bag limit regulations as described in the New Hampshire or Maine fishing guides. Learn more about rules and regulations on our fishing page.

    Fishing page

  • Boating, canoeing and kayaking

    Kayakers on the refuge - Tom Meridith/USFWS.

    Encompassing shorelines of more than 10 miles of the Magalloway and Androscoggin Rivers, their backwaters and much of the 7,000-acre Umbagog Lake, Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge provides ample opportunity for exploration by canoe, kayak, or boat. Learn more on our boating page.

    Boating page 

  • Camping

    Tent in the forest - Courtesy of NH State Parks.

    Camping at Lake Umbagog is by RESERVATION ONLY!

    Shoreline campsites, operated by the State of NH, offer numerous options for camping. For State of NH campsite information and/or reservations, visit their website: NH State Parks

    The Errol Chamber of Commerce is also a source for lodging, private campground, canoe/kayak rentals, and guide service information, as well as local area amenities. To reach them, call (603) 482-3906, or visit their website: Umbagog Area Chamber of Commerce

    Please do not call the refuge to make camping reservations.

  • Walking and Hiking Trails

    Boardwalk on the Magalloway River Trail - Ian Drew/USFWS.

    Magalloway River Trail

    This handicapped accessible trail is about 1/3 of a mile in length and is a good place to view moose, boreal birds and waterfowl. It features an easy walk through a forested river's edge to an observation platform overlooking the backwaters of the Magalloway River. The trailhead is located about 1.5 miles north of the Refuge headquarters on Route 16. To view a map of the Magalloway River Trail location, click here

    This observation platform is a memorial to Warren E. Pearson who helped restore and run the historic Balsams Grand Resort Hotel. He upheld meaningful traditions of the past, set an outstanding example for the future, and derived much enjoyment from this natural treasure.


    Roost Trail

    This 1.2 mile out and back trail is located on Route 16 across from the refuge canoe launch. Parking, an informational kiosk, and a restroom are available at the canoe launch. To access the trail, cross Route 16, then walk west to the trail head sign (left towards the refuge office). The first section of trail crosses private land so please be respectful and stay on the trail. Cross over the foot bridge and look for the hiking symbol on the edge of the woods. Once in the woods, follow the red diamond trail markers. The trail starts northward behind Northern Outfitters then takes a left and climbs steadily uphill. This moderately steep, forested trail ends at the top of a cliff with a superb view overlooking the refuge and Umbagog area. 

    Observe glacial erratics, vernal pools, and conifer forests on this hike. To view a map of the Roost Trail, click here