Adams Point Wildlife Management Area
Acquisition History: Adams Point was purchased by the Department in 1961 primarily to provide access for waterfowl hunting and oystering along the fast developing shores of Great Bay. Funding was provided by the US Fish and Wildlife Service Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program with matching monies from New Hampshire Fish and Game.
Description: Adams Point juts out from the west into Great Bay, New Hampshire's second largest estuarine system. Fed by the tidal waters of the Piscataqua River that forms the boundary between Maine and New Hampshire, the estuary offers a variety of diverse habitats including eelgrass beds, mudflats, salt marsh, rocky intertidal zones, and upland forest and fields.
Waterfowl hunting and shell fishing are still popular at Adams Point WMA. Adams Point is also one of the best bird watching locations in Great Bay and is ideal for viewing bald eagles. Trails lead around the point and offer excellent views of the Bay. A universally accessible platform is located near the main parking area. Adams Point is also home to the University of New Hampshire's Jackson Estuarine Lab.
Common Wildlife: The estuary is part of the North Atlantic flyway and 20 species of waterfowl, 27 species of shorebirds, and 13 species of wading birds use the bay as a wintering area or migratory stopover. Winter waterfowl counts at Great Bay average 5,000 birds annually, with black ducks being the most prominent species. Over 80 percent of all waterfowl that winter in New Hampshire's coastal areas are found in Great Bay. Home to several endangered and threatened bird species, the Bay also supports a large winter population of bald eagles.
Directions: From US 4 in Durham, NH, take NH 108 south to Bay Road. Take a left onto Bay Road. In approximately 4 miles, take a left onto Adams Point Rd. A small parking area by a kiosk is available for visitors. Pease do not park in the parking lot for the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory.
DeLorme N.H. Atlas and Gazetteer coordinates: Page 30, I1/I2
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