New Hampshire Wildlife Management Areas
Knight's Pond Conservation Easement and Beaver Brook Wildlife Management Area
Acquisition History: The Fish and Game Department acquired the 251-acre Knight's Pond Conservation Easement in August of 1990 through the Land Conservation Investment Program. The easement protects the entire undeveloped shoreline of 31-acre Knight's Pond. Closely located to the southeast, the 222-acre Beaver Brook WMA was purchased in 1990 and in 1999, a conservation easement was acquired for the 296-acre Great Heath. Funding sources included state Duck Stamp revenues, Ducks Unlimited funds, and the Federal Aid in Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program.
Description: The 31-acre Knight's Pond shoreline is vegetated mostly by Eastern white pine. Canoes and small boots must be carried in, as there is no direct access by motor vehicle. There are hiking trails throughout the property, affording access to the shoreline and other areas.
The Beaver Brook WMA includes 70 acres of wetlands habitat and open water. Vegetation includes shrub-scrub, forested bog, emergent habitat, tall grasses, sedges, red maple, sphagnum moss, and balsam fir. Beaver have created several impoundments.
Upland habitat, with steep forested terrain in
many areas, comprises the remaining acreage. Red maple, red oak,
beech, balsam fir, gray birch, eastern white pine are found. Forest
habitat has been managed for timber resources. The Great Heath Conservation
Easement is primarily wetland surrounded by an upland buffer.
Common Wildlife: Knight's Pond has a warmwater fishery that includes largemouth bass, brown bullhead, chain pickerel, and sunfish. Wildlife species include beaver, moose, deer, bear, ruffed grouse and waterfowl such as wood ducks, mallards and black ducks.
The main channel of Beaver Brook, passing through both the great Heath and the WMA, provides a spring and early summer trout fishery. Baitfish can be found year-round. Native waterfowl - including wood ducks, mallards, and black ducks - nest through the area. The upland and wetland provides excellent habitat for snowshoe hare, white-tailed deer, moose and ruffed grouse.
Directions: Rte 28, ½ mile south of the Wolfeboro town line to Rines Road on the Easterly side of Rte 28. Knight's Pond is located on the northern side of Rines Road. Rines Road becomes Caverly Road, an unmaintained Class 6 road. Beaver Brook WMA is to the southwest.
DeLorme N.H. Atlas and Gazetteer coordinates: Page 37, D&E 9