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Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Wildlife Management Area - Lamprey River

Town: Durham and Newmarket




Acres: Five parcels totaling 304 acres


Acquisition History: These parcels were acquired through the Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership (GBRPP) with funds provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and conveyed to New Hampshire Fish and Game through The Nature Conservancy in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2012.

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

Description: The Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (GBNERR) is part of a national network of protected areas throughout the Great Bay estuary. Created under the Coastal Zone Management Act, the National Estuarine Research Reserve partnership program between NOAA and the coastal states protects more than one million acres of the nation's most important coastal resources.   The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department manages the Great Bay Reserve, which was designated in 1989. To find out more about the program, visit the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve website.

Overall, the parcels in the Lamprey River focus area are primarily upland with forests of white pine, red oak, black oak, and shag-bark hickory.  Once extensively farmed, some areas are maintained as grassland while others will be allowed to revert back to wet meadows and early successional scrub-shrub habitat.  LaRoche and Beaudette Brooks flow through the property, feeding forested wetlands and providing a water quality buffer to the Lamprey and Oyster Rivers.

Common Wildlife: Upland forest and field species include white-tailed deer, New England cottontail, turkey, fox, and bobolink.  The mix of wetlands and uplands also provide ideal habitat for woodcock, nesting waterfowl such as American black duck and wood duck, and common turtle species.  Bald eagles may be seen roosting along the mouth of the Lamprey River.

Special Notes: For maps of all conserved lands with public access and a list of allowed recreational uses in the Lamprey River area, visit the Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership website.

Directions to the Durham parcels: From the intersection of Routes 4 and 108 in Durham, take 108 south.  In approximately 2 miles, take a right onto Bennett Road.  There is room for 1-2 cars in front of an orange gate approximately 1/4-mile down the road.


Directions to the Newmarket parcels:  From the center of Newmarket, head southwest on N Main St toward Elm St and take a slight left onto Exeter St.  Turn left onto New Rd and take a left onto Birch Drive.  Continue on Birch Drive as it bears to the right; just before it bears right again, a shared drive/public way leads to the first parcel.  There is no formal parking here—please be considerate of residents when parking.  The second parcel, where Shackford Point is located, can only be accessed by boat.

DeLorme N.H. Atlas and Gazetteer coordinates: Page 29, H4 and Page 30, J1




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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.


Maps Available