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National Wildlife Refuge

Fall on Umbagog Lake
2756 Dam Road (Physical Address)
P.O. Box 240 (Mailing Address)
Errol, NH   03579 - 0240
E-mail: lakeumbagog@fws.gov
Phone Number: 603-482.3415
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Umbagog Lake in Fall (Refuge Staff Photo)
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Fishing is a popular pastime on Umbagog Lake and surrounding rivers, including the Rapid, Magalloway, and Androscoggin Rivers.

You must have a valid ME or NH fishing license to fish in interstate waters (including Umbagog Lake, the Androscoggin upstream of Errol Dam, the Magalloay River in NH, and the Rapid River upstream to the marker at Cedar Stump in ME).

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

Those hunting within the refuge must follow all regulations as described in the New Hampshire or Maine state hunting regulations, as well as refuge-specific regulations. Click on learn more to visit our website and view our refuge-specific regulations in the Visitor Information category.

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Wildlife Observation
The majority of the refuge is water accessible only. In 2002, an interpretive walking trail was developed.


This handicapped accessible trail is about 1/3 of a mile in length. It features an easy walk through a forested river's edge to an observation platform overlooking the Magalloway River's backwaters. The trailhead is located about one mile north of refuge headquarters on Route 16.

The 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 treasture.

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The small visitor center at refuge headquarters is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday. During summer months, the refuge is staffed by interns and the building is open on a limited basis on Saturday and Sunday. Call the refuge for summer weekend openings.

The Magalloway River Trail is open year-round, dawn to dusk, although in winter, the walk would be difficult through deep snow. In winter you may see wildlife around the trail, but no migratory birds.

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Entrance Fees
There are currently no entrance fees at Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge.

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