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Cascade Marsh and Chadwick Meadows Wildlife Management Area


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Town: Sutton

County: Merrimack

Acres: 678


Acquisition History: A water-control structure was built on the site of the Cascade Marsh WMA in 1958 during a time when the NH Fish and Game Department leased the land. Land acquisitions began in 1972 and continued through 2020 when a 123-acre property was purchased on the west side of Cascade Marsh using USFWS Wildlife Restoration Grant Program funds. Chadwick Meadows WMA was donated to the Department in 1981.


Description: Cascade Marsh WMA includes a 70-acre shallow-water impoundment vegetated with cattails, pickerelweed and other emergent vegetation. The upland habitat is diverse, and includes balsam fir, white pine, hemlock, red maple, and aspen and a few abandoned stone and gravel pits that have since grown into paper birch. The 100-acre Chadwick Meadows WMA includes a 25-acre waterfowl impoundment with forested wetlands and shallow marsh emergent vegetation. The upland surrounding the marsh has hemlock, white pine and early successional species such as aspen, cherry, red maple and old apple trees.


Common Wildlife: The upland habitats at these WMAs support white tailed deer, black bear, moose, ruffed grouse, woodcock and snowshoe hare. The marshes support a variety of wetland wildlife, particularly Canada geese, black ducks, mallards, wood ducks, beaver, muskrat and pied-billed grebes. Both marshes have a very limited warm water fishery.


Special Notes: There are special deed restrictions at Chadwick Meadows. Deer can be taken by bow and arrow only. All other game species can be taken with a bow and arrow or with a shotgun using shot no larger than No. 4.


Directions: There are two locations to access Cascade Marsh WMA.  To access the dam site from I-89, take Exit 10.  Turn right onto North Rd and travel 0.4 miles.  Turn left onto Kearsarge Valley Rd and travel for 1.7 miles. Slight left on Baker Rd. Drive 1.3 miles on Baker Rd to an orange gate, sign, and parking area on your left.  Walk approximately 400 feet to the dam site.  The gate is opened for the 1st part of the waterfowl season every year to provide for easier canoe/small boat access.


An alternative access to the marsh is off of Cotton Rd.  Head south on Baker Rd from the dam site parking area.  Take your first right onto Cotton Rd.  Cotton Rd crosses the marsh approximately 700 feet down the road.  Parking is roadside.  Decent car top canoe access at this location.


DeLorme NH Atlas and Gazetteer coordinates: Page 34, I/J 5/6




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