Riverland Conservation Area

Canterbury, NH

The Merrimack River shaped this land and continues to be a major influence on it. The land includes river frontage, two oxbow ponds, wetlands, fields and woods. The 90-acre area has several trails, including a boardwalk and a viewing platform at one oxbow pond. Parking area provides canoe and rowboat access to the pond. Site is transected by a piece of private land (12 acres) in the middle of the area that visitors must respect. Large dirt parking lot can accommodate 50 cars. Small informational sign on tree at parking lot.

Viewing Information

Important bird watching area. During spring warbler migration in May, there is a chance to view birds that nest farther north. In summer, area supports bank and rough-winged swallows; eastern blue birds; field, swamp and song sparrows; great blue herons; read-tailed hawks; chestnut-sided warblers; and rufous-sided towhees. Evidence of beavers and otters. Abundant turtles and frogs. At river, raccoons feed on freshwater mussels. Ponds and river support largemouth and smallmouth bass, sunfish, horned pout, and pickerel.


GPS – N 43 o16’08.85  W 71o 33’54.72’  

Take Exit 17 off Interstate 93.  Head west on Route 4 for 0.2 miles.  Turn right on Old Boyce Road. Keep left at the fork, veering onto Riverland Road. Follow Riverland Road to Oxbow Pond Road.  The parking area is at the end of Oxbow Pond Road.  Oxbow Pond Road becomes a dirt road. From parking lot walk ¼ mile trail to beach.

Contact Us

Town of Canterbury
(603) 783-4866

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