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Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge and Bolton Flats WMA
The Nahsua and Still rivers wind their way through floodplain hardwoods and along wet meadows and open agricultural fields. Changes in the river courses are marked by small, isolated oxbow ponds. Springtime flooding creates prime conditions for waterfowl and amphibians.
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Salisbury Beach State Reservation
Description: The Merrimack River meets the Atlantic Ocean at Salisbury Beach, creating a rich and dynamic environment for migrating shorebirds, waterfowl, and wintering harbor seals.

Wildlife to Watch: Spring, fall, and winter are the featured wildlife viewing seasons at Salisbury Beach. Extensive brackish wetlands are visible from the entrance roadway. These wetlands attract migrating black ducks, green-winged teal, and great blue herons. From the boardwalk and viewing platforms, watch the tidal zone along the beach for pectoral, solitary, and least sandpipers as they search for invertebrates in the wet sand. White-winged and surf scoters can be seen flying low over open water or bobbing in loose flocks among the offshore waves. In winter and spring the waters bordering the campground offer prime viewing for harbor seals. These large marine mammals frequently “haul out” on sandbars, rocks, and jetties to rest and bask.

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Ownership: DEM 
Size: 521 acres 
Closest Town: Salisbury

RestroomsParkingTent CampingFishingHikingPicnic tablesBoat LaunchHuntingHandicap AccessibleFeeLarge BoatsSmall Boats

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Harbor Seal - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
From Interstate 95, take Route 110 east to Route 1A in Salisbury. Follow Route 1A north for 2 miles to the entrance on the right.

For more information call (508) 462-4481.

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Salisbury Beach State Reservation : Wildlife Viewing Area