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Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Wildlife Management Area - Great Bay Wildlife Management Area and Great Bay Shoreline South

Town: Greenland


County: Rockingham


Acres: 116


Acquisition History: The original tracts of Great Bay WMA were purchased by New Hampshire Fish and Game in 1957 with funding from the US Fish and Wildlife Service Pittman–Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program, to provide access to the bay for waterfowl hunting.  Additional parcels, officially named Great Bay Shoreline South, were added in later years with cooperation from the New Hampshire Waterfowlers Association and Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership.

Visit the Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership website to find out more about this partnership and its conservation efforts.

Description: This property, made up of several parcels, is a mix of upland, salt marsh, and old field habitat.  Two exemplary natural communities—high salt marsh and brackish marsh—occur on the property. The upland is appalachian oak pine.   Great Bay WMA also protects and provides access to over 3000 feet of shoreline on Great Bay.


Common Wildlife: This property is perhaps most valuable to shoreland birds, waterfowl, and other bird species that prefer salt marshes such as swamp and salt marsh sharp-tailed sparrows.  The upland will also support deer and turkey

Directions: To access Great Bay WMA from the center of Greenland, take Portsmouth Ave to NH 33 West.  Take a right onto Bayside Road, the dirt road access to Great Bay WMA is about 1/2-mile down on the right.  There is parking at the end of the access road. 


To access the Weeks parcel, head north on NH-151 S and take a left onto Portsmouth Ave.  Turn left onto NH-33 W and right onto Great Bay Rd.  Continue straight onto Dearborn Rd and turn right onto Bayridge Rd.  A short access and parking for 3-5 cars will be on the right.

DeLorme N.H. Atlas and Gazetteer coordinates:Page 30, J2




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Wildlife RestorationThis Wildlife Management Area was funded in part by the Federal Aid in Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. Your purchases of hunting equipment and ammunition make a difference to New Hampshire's wildlife resources and our way of life. Learn more.