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Muchyedo Banks Wildlife Management Area, Canterbury

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Muchyedo Banks Wildlife Management Area
Canterbury, New Hampshire 03224
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Muchyedo Banks WMA, Canterbury
Coordinates: 43.2981119, -71.5802826
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About Muchyedo Banks Wildlife Management Area
Muchyedo Banks WMA is prized for its scenic forested shoreline and unusual sand plains. The “Muchyedo Banks,” a pair of 60- to 80-foot high sandbanks that rise from the river, are the property’s most stunning landmarks. The dry river bluff, sand dunes, and silver maple floodplain forest are all identified as high-priority natural communities for conservation by the New Hampshire Natural Heritage Bureau. The land also protects the underlying aquifer formed 10,000 years ago by glacial Lake Merrimack. In addition to its scenic value, the property has been enjoyed by the residents of Canterbury and neighboring communities for hiking, snowshoeing, fishing, and hunting.

Bank swallows make their homes in the river bluffs. The land’s forest, wetlands, and shoreline supply a diverse mix of habitats for waterfowl, migrating songbirds, turtles, amphibians, and the occasional bald eagle and osprey. The uplands support bear, dear, and turkey. The woody debris and shaded river edge, as well as the protection of the river bed itself, all contribute to the safe passage of anadromous fish from the ocean to headwaters spawning grounds.

From Exit 17 off I-93, take US-4 west. In about .25 mile, take a right onto Old Boyce Road; continue onto Riverland Road. Park at the gate and walk in along the pathway, past the bluffs, to the property boundary marked by boulders.
From Muchyedo Banks Wildlife Management Area webpage