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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.

  • Magalloway River Trail

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

    Enjoy a Walk on the 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. (pdf - 372KB)

    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.

Page Photo Credits — Moose in the forest - Robert Harris/USFWS., Kids fishing on the refuge - USFWS., Kayakers on the refuge - Tom Meridith/USFWS., Tent in the forest - Courtesy of NH State Parks., Boardwalk on the Magalloway River Trail - Ian Drew/USFWS.
Last Updated: Sep 02, 2014
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