Willard Pond

Hancock, New Hampshire 3449

Willard Pond

Willard Pond Professional Review and Guide

"Glacial erratics line the shoreline of this pond surrounded by hills and home to loons and ospreys. Willard Pond defines quiet water. Motorboats are prohibited in the pond, which is about 100 acres in size and nestled between Bald Mountain and Goodhue Hill in Antrim. Glacial erratics covered in lichens line the shoreline, and the surrounding forest is alive with bird activity.

There is one small cabin near the put-in, but otherwise the land bordering the pond is building-free. The seclusion of Willard Pond is protected by New Hampshire Audubon’s dePierre-feu-Willard Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, which at 1,000-plus acres is the Audubon Society of New Hampshire’s largest sanctuary. In addition to the sanctuary there are another 1,000 acres of protected land near the pond, so the plant life and wildlife you encounter on a paddle here are ensured of a place to live."

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The second time I have been here. A little gem. May of 2005 had the pond to myself. Today was a Monday and the Serenity was a bit blunted by the sound of Marco -------- Polo ---------- from the put in point. The proximity to the loons that evening was worth everything. They seemed totally unafraid and I watched them with sheer pleasure. This pond is smal but absolutely clear. Several places to stop and picnic. Many boulders, the one camp on the pond is unobtrusive. Worth finding for a short paddle. Although I ended up staying 4 hours!

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Skill Level
2 hours
Class I
Best spring through fall
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Oct 2018