BEST BALD-EAGLE SPOTTING
Paddle near the islands lining Umbagog's western shore and you'll notice a large nest perched atop a dead, leafless tree. Then break out the binoculars to spot that white head swiveling around the rim: It's mama eagle protecting her young.
Umbagog straddles the New Hampshire/Maine border in Error, New Hampshire, and gets its name from the Abenaki word for “shallow water.” Errol has grown slightly in recent years, with the recreation industry its chief engine. Fishermen, canoeists, and kayakers now all vie for spots under the bridge amid the frothy headwaters of the Androscoggin River, formed where Umbagog escapes the hills and heads for the sea.
Umbagog is about 10 miles long and 7,850 acres big. It was also a test case for keeping the wild wild two decades ago. Citizens concerned about encroaching second-home development moved to conserve the land and keep it undeveloped. As a result, thousands of acres were acquired by a conservation-minded populace, and much of it today is a federal wildlife refuge.
–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010