New Hampshire Wildlife Management Areas
Kona Wildlife Management Area
Acquisition History: The Kona WMA was transferred from the Department of Resources and Economic Development to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department in 1969.
Description: With the exception of 10 acres of old fields, this WMA consists of forests with stands of white pine and mixed hardwoods. The topography is variable, ranging from flat and wet to steep and ledgy. It includes 3,025 feet of frontage on Braun Bay of Lake Winnipesaukee. There are small beaver ponds throughout the property, and a system of woods roads for walking.
Common Wildlife: Wood ducks, mallards, black ducks, beaver, white-tailed deer, moose and black bear can be found. In Lake Winnipesaukee, there are a variety of fish species, such as landlocked salmon, rainbow trout, lake trout, smallmouth and largemouth bass, and several species of panfish; i.e. yellow and white perch, pickerel, bluegills, sunfish and bullheads (horned pout). Shoreline angling from the Kona WMA will likely produce small and largemouth bass, and the aforementioned panfish species. Loons have nested on the shoreline in the past.
Special Notes: Active habitat management has occurred to retain open areas for habitat diversity, through a timber harvest in 1993. These areas offer browse and nesting habitats.
Directions: From Route 25, take Moultonboro Neck Rd. Turn right onto Kona Farm Rd. and then left onto Jacobs.
DeLorme N.H. Atlas and Gazetteer coordinates: Page 40, 4J