New Hampshire Wildlife Management Areas
Farrar Marsh Wildlife Management Area
Acquisition History: With duck stamp revenue, the NH Fish and Game Department acquired land for the WMA in the 1970s, with additional acres acquired in 1991. A water control structure was constructed in 1978 using Federal Aid in Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration funds. Click here for a history from the Farrar family of how the marsh became a WMA.
Description: A dam maintains a 125-acre waterfowl impoundment. The marsh includes shallow emergent and scrub/shrub vegetation. The upland forest surrounding the marsh consists largely of white pine, hemlock and red oak. A bridge and logging road downstream of the dam leads to an old farmstead, where five acres of old fields have been restored and are maintained.
Common Wildlife: Farrar Marsh WMA has a diversity of wildlife species, including white-tailed deer, black bear, moose, otter, fisher, and muskrat. A small great blue heron rookery is located at the marsh. Numerous waterfowl species occur there as well, including Canada geese, mallards, hooded mergansers, wood ducks and black ducks.
Directions: Take Route 202 to the Henniker Street exit in Hillsborough. Head north on Henniker Street for 0.25 miles and then turn left on Old Henniker Street (a Park ‘n Ride will be on your right at the turn). At 0.5 mile, bear right onto Whitney Street, and at 0.2 miles take a slight right onto Bog Road. Travel three miles on Bog Road to the dam site. At the dam there is a parking lot for eight vehicles and a small boat/canoe launch.
DeLorme N.H. Atlas and Gazetteer coordinates: Page 26, E/F 6/7