During the summer, when the nearby Saco River is overrun with canoeists, you can paddle undisturbed on Brownfield Bog. The Brownfield Bog Wildlife Management Area, maintained by the state, contains hundreds of acres of bog to explore. When we paddled here on a warm, sunny October day, the bigtooth aspen leaves reflected golden light onto the water, along with a beautiful view of the snowdusted White Mountains off in the distance. An extensive grassy area at the end of the road would make a scenic area for a picnic.
Brownfield Bog, very wild but relatively accessible, teems with wildlife. In addition to nesting waterfowl, you can expect to see deer, beaver, muskrat, turtles, and—if you paddle here early in the morning or at dusk—an occasional moose. Just about every type of bog vegetation is present as well, from pitcher plants and sundews to water lilies, sweet gale, and rhodora. Because of the huge amount of beaver activity and the extensive bog vegetation, we progressed slowly through the hidden pathways.
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