New Hampshire Wildlife Management Areas
Powder Mill Pond WMA
Acquisition History: The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department purchased a 98.5 acre parcel containing a developed boat ramp and frontage along the Contoocook River in Greenfield in 1989 with both federal and state funds, as well as a generous contribution by the former landowner. An additional 28 acres was purchased with state and federal funds in 1994.
Description: Powder Mill Pond WMA contains old pasture woodlands of white pine, red maple and gray birch; old fields dominated by grasses, alder, aspen, cherry and birch; riverine habitat and its associated grass, sedge and red maple wetlands along the Contoocook River; and uplands of Appalachian oak/pine and hemlock/hardwood/pine forests. Approximately 29 acres of the tract lies within the flood zone.
Common Wildlife: The river edge and old field habitat provide for a variety of wildlife species. Common wildlife includes white-tailed deer, American woodcock, wood ducks, mallards, black ducks, snowshoe hare and other small furbearing mammals. Powder Mill Pond is a typical warm water fishery hosting largemouth and smallmouth bass, eastern chain pickerel, hornpout, black crappie, and bluegill. You can find a depth map of the pond here (PDF).
Directions: A boat ramp and parking facilities can be accessed from Forest Road approximately one mile east of U.S. Route 202 in Hancock or 2.5 miles west of NH Route 136.
DeLorme N.H. Atlas and Gazetteer coordinates: Page 20, B 5 & 6