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

Town: Stratham


County: Stratham


Acres: 128


Acquisition History: These properties were acquired through multiple transactions beginning in 1984 up to 2013.  Funding sources included the NH Waterfowl Conservation Fund and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Sport Fish Restoration funds.  Several of the properties 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.

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.

The Great Bay Squamscott focus area includes Chapman’s Landing—which contains the Chapman’s Landing Boat Launch, a backyard wildlife demonstration garden and a handicap accessible viewing platform.  The viewing platform looks out over the salt marsh and an osprey nesting platform. 

The remainders of the properties are undeveloped and collectively, contain an extensive amount of saltwater marshland.  There are a number of hay fields under agricultural lease, and a small amount of upland pine/hardwood forest.


Common Wildlife: Look for the Nelson's sharp-tailed sparrow and the saltmarsh sharp-tailed sparrow, two uncommon species that are typically only seen in saltmarshes.  Other shorebirds include species of heron, sandpipers, and waterfowl.

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

Directions: From Route 108 in Stratham, park in Champman’s Landing Parking lot adjacent to the Squamscott River Bridge.  Follow the pedestrian trail to the gardens, a short nature trail, and the viewing platform.

DeLorme N.H. Atlas and Gazetteer coordinates: 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