Lake Umbagog

Errol, New Hampshire

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Lake Umbagog is a North Country treasure, teeming with wildlife, surrounded by boreal forests, and dotted with islands and beautiful backcountry campsites. Lake Umbagog (pronounced um-BAY-gog) is a place of immense beauty, solitude, and wilderness. Home to the largest concentration of nesting loons and ospreys in New Hampshire, it is also home to copious numbers of moose, bears, lynxes, coyotes, minks, and bobcats. It sprawls over 7,538 acres in a remote corner of northern New Hampshire, making it logistically difficult to reach, and therefore quiet and peaceful for those who do visit. The relatively shallow lake (average depth is 15 feet) is the second largest in the state and is chock-full of warm- and cold-water fish. Bass, landlocked salmon, brook trout, and perch are prolific here, and it is rare for a fishing trip to go by with-out at least one catch-of-the-day dinner. Kid and dog-friendly.
Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire,  and Vermont

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Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont

by Ethan Hipple and Yemaya St. Clair (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Lake Umbagog is a North Country treasure, teeming with wildlife, surrounded by boreal forests, and dotted with islands and beautiful backcountry campsites. Lake Umbagog (pronounced um-BAY-gog) is a place of immense beauty, solitude, and wilderness. Home to the largest concentration of nesting loons and ospreys in New Hampshire, it is also home to copious numbers of moose, bears, lynxes, coyotes, minks, and bobcats.

It sprawls over 7,538 acres in a remote corner of northern New Hampshire, making it logistically difficult to reach, and therefore quiet and peaceful for those who do visit. The relatively shallow lake (average depth is 15 feet) is the second largest in the state and is chock-full of warm- and cold-water fish. Bass, landlocked salmon, brook trout, and perch are prolific here, and it is rare for a fishing trip to go by with-out at least one catch-of-the-day dinner. Kid and dog-friendly.

© 2014 Ethan Hipple and Yemaya St. Clair/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds, Fishing
Nearby City: Errol
Distance: 2.0–24.0 miles
Season & Limits: No posted hours
Additional Use: Swimming
Local Contacts: Lake Umbagog State Park, 603-482-7795, nhstateparks.org/explore/ state-parks/umbagog-lake-state-park.aspx; Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, 603-482-3415, www.fws.gov/northeast/lakeumbagog/index.html
Local Maps: USGS Umbagog Lake South and Umbagog Lake North quads; nhstateparks.org
Facilities: Boat docks, ample parking, water, bathrooms, and food at the campground store.
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Umbagog

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