New Hampshire Wildlife Management Areas
Hoit Road Marsh Wildlife Management Area
Acquisition History: In the late 1960s the NH Fish and Game Department began acquiring land to establish the Hoit Road Marsh WMA. In 1972, a dam was built to create waterfowl habitat. Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration and state Duck Stamp funds were used to acquire the land and build the dam.
Description: This WMA consists of a 101-acre marsh and adjacent upland. The marsh is maintained by a small man-made dam on Hackett Brook. The marsh has a diversity of habitat types, including emergent, deepwater and scrub/shrub vegetation. The upland habitat surrounding the marsh is forested, and consists of mixed hardwood and softwood stands, as well as an old pasture reverting to forest.
Common Wildlife: A diversity of upland species occur at Hoit Road Marsh, including white-tailed deer, black bear, moose and coyotes. There are also numerous wetland-dependent species, including otter, beaver, muskrat, green and great blue herons, Canada geese, mallards, green-winged teal, hooded mergansers, wood ducks and black ducks. Tree swallows, belted kingfishers, and common yellowthroats are abundant in the summer. The marsh has a limited warmwater fishery, which includes pickerel and bullheads.
Special Notes: The Town of Loudon maintains 200 acres of conservation land abutting the north end of the WMA, and the City of Concord maintains 66 acres of conservation land abutting the south end.
Directions: From exit 17 off I-93 and take Hoit Road east three miles. The marsh borders the north side of the road. A 10-vehicle parking lot and a gravel boat ramp suitable for canoes and small boats are located near the dam site.
DeLorme N.H. Atlas and Gazetteer coordinates: Page 28, B 1