New Hampshire Wildlife Management Areas

Cascade Marsh and Chadwick Meadows Wildlife Management Areas

Town: Sutton
County: Merrimack
Acres: 555

Acquisition History: A water-control structure was built on the site of the Cascade Marsh WMA in 1958 during a time when the NH Fish and Game Department leased the land. Land acquisitions began in 1972 and continued until 1991, when a 118-acre conservation easement was purchased withduck stamp revenues and LCIP funds. Chadwick Meadows WMA was donated to the Department in 1981.

Description: Cascade Marsh WMA includes a 70-acre shallow-water impoundment vegetatedwith cattails, pickerelweed and other emergent vegetation. The upland habitat is diverse, and includes balsam fir, white pine, hemlock, red maple and aspen. The 100-acre Chadwick Meadows WMA includes a 25-acre waterfowl impoundment with forested wetlands and shallow marsh emergent vegetation. The upland surrounding the marsh has hemlock, white pine and early successional species such as aspen, cherry, red maple and old apple trees.

Common Wildlife: The upland habitats at these WMAs support white tailed deer, black bear, moose, ruffed grouse, woodcock and snowshoe hare. The marshes support a variety of wetland wildlife, particularly Canada geese, black ducks, mallards, wood ducks, beaver, muskrat and pied-billed grebes. Both marshes have a very limited warmwater fishery.

Special Notes: The primary objective at Cascade Marsh is to maintain the impoundment to create habitat for waterfowl. There is an active gravel pit beyond the locked gate. Do not block the gate; use the parking area. The western side of the marsh is a 118-acre conservation easement, which the NH Fish and Game Department manages but does not own.

There are special deed restrictions at Chadwick Meadows. Deer can be taken by bow and arrow only. All other game species can be taken with a bow and arrow or with a shotgun using shot no larger than No. 4.

Directions: Cascade Marsh can be accessed from Kearsarge Valley Road, or Baker Road. From Baker road, go 1.5 miles and turn left immediately after crossing the bridge to the access road. The parking area is located at the damsite and can accommodate 4 to 6 vehicles. Canoes can be launched easily at the damsite.

Chadwick Marsh can be reached by taking Route 11 in New London to Hominy Pot Road. Follow this road for one-half mile to a point just before the I-89 overpass. A small parking lot lies on the left and can accommodate 4 to 6 vehicles. Canoe access is available by a trail leading from the parking lot.

DeLorme N.H. Atlas and Gazetteer coordinates: Page 34, I/J 5/6

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