Carpenter's Marsh and Eva's Marsh Wildlife Management Area
Acquisition History: Carpenter's Marsh was acquired in phases between 1970 and 1976. Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration funds were used. A water-control structure to maintain and manage Carpenter's Marsh was built in 1978. Eva's Marsh was established in 1961 and a dam was built in 1962. A local landowner donated 29 acres adjacent to Eva's Marsh to the Fish and Game Department in 1992.
Description: Carpenter's Marsh WMA consists of upland and wetland habitat. The uplands include white pine, hemlock, oak, red maple, while the wetlands include the 101-acre Carpenter's Marsh waterfowl impoundment. The impoundment is comprised of deep water and shallow water habitats important to wetland wildlife. The 30-acre Eva's Marsh includes emergent vegetation and standing dead trees (snags), which provide excellent nesting places for birds such as wood ducks and tree swallows. Small parking lots are available at both WMAs and can accommodate 3 to 4 cars each. Canoes or small boats can be launched at both impoundments. The primary purpose of the WMAs is waterfowl management.
Common Wildlife: White-tailed deer, moose, black bear, ruffed grouse and snowshoe hare occur. There are also beaver, otter, mink, wood ducks, black ducks, mallards and Canada geese. Both marshes are havens for waterfowl, a diversity of songbirds, and furbearing, water-dependent mammals.
Directions: Take Route 123 west from the center of Hancock and take the first right beyond Norway Pond. Follow Depot Road 1.5 miles, bearing left at the intersection. Access to the WMA is on an old woods road on the left. Head north on Route 137 from the center of Hancock. Just past the Hancock Recreation Fields, turn left (north) on Longview Rd and travel for 0.9 miles. Take a right onto Shady Ln. Eva’s Marsh WMA will be 0.3 miles on the left.
DeLorme NH Atlas and Gazetteer coordinates: Page 20, A 4/5
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