ERROL, New Hampshire — Eleven members of the L-A Senior College Outdoor Adventure Club spent three hours on a pontoon cruise through the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge on July 25.

The refuge was established in 1992 “with the primary purpose of protecting wetlands and wetland-associated wildlife and to protect migratory birds,” according to the refuge’s website.

The refuge is located along the New Hampshire/Maine border. Lake Umbagog is
more than seven miles in length and covers over 7,000 acres. With an average
depth of only 15 feet, pontoons are able to get close to the shoreline
and navigate through the bogs and marshlands. The refuge is home to many
different species and provides the perfect breeding ground for birds and
waterfowl.

Attendees saw loons, bald eagles and a young moose swimming across the Androscoggin River in front of the boat.

A boat captain and guide from Northern Waters Outfitters entertained the group with a narrative on the history of the region, its geological features and conservation measures for the Magalloway, Rapid and Androscoggin rivers.


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