Canterbury, New Hampshire 03224
Riverlands Conservation Area webpage
Merrimack River (National Park Service) wepage
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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. The parking area provides canoe and rowboat access to the pond. The site is transected by a piece of private land (12 acres) in the middle of the area that visitors must respect. A large dirt parking lot can accommodate 50 cars. There is a small informational sign on a tree at the parking lot.
Birds of Interest
Important bird watching area. During spring warbler migration in May, there is a chance to view birds that nest farther north. In summer, the area supports bank and rough-winged swallows; eastern bluebirds; field, swamp, and song sparrows; great blue herons; red-tailed hawks; chestnut-sided warblers; and rufous-sided towhees. Evidence of beavers and otters. Abundant turtles and frogs. At the river, raccoons feed on freshwater mussels. Ponds and river support largemouth and smallmouth bass, sunfish, horned pout, and pickerel.
About the Merrimack River
The Merrimack River is a 117-mile-long river in the northeastern United States. It rises at the confluence of the Pemigewasset and Winnipesaukee rivers in Franklin, New Hampshire, flows southward into Massachusetts, and then flows northeast until it empties into the Atlantic Ocean at Newburyport. From the point where the Merrimack turns northeast in Lowell, Massachusetts onward, the Massachusetts–New Hampshire border is roughly calculated as the line three miles north of the river.