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Umbagog Lake, Errol

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Umbagog Lake is a wilderness lake located in Coös County, New Hampshire, and Oxford County, Maine. It is one of the most pristine lakes in the state of New Hampshire. It lies in the towns of Errol, New Hampshire, and Upton, Maine, as well as the townships of Cambridge, New Hampshire, and Magalloway Plantation, Maine. The name Umbagog is properly pronounced with the stress on the second syllable (um-BAY-gog) and is said to come from the Abenaki word for "shallow water".The lake is part of the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge and Umbagog Lake State Park. Along its southernmost shore, there is a public campground and a public boat launch ramp which may be accessed from New Hampshire Route 26. There are 33 wilderness campsites, accessible only by boat, which are located around the lake. An interesting feature along its northwest shore is an expansive natural floating island composed of generations of decomposing marshland vegetation. The area is abundant with wildlife, including coyote, wild turkey, bald eagle, osprey, bobcat, moose, rabbit, bear, and many other native species.
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  • Reserve a remote campsite on the Big Island and enjoy the seclusion with a beautiful lake. Our only issue is the cost of the firewood. Can't bring your own, even from a nearby town. You must buy their...  more »
  • The Ellis cabins on Lake Umbagog are a treasure. My husband is an avid hiker and loves canoe trips. We do not like campgrounds or like camping where our car is and have preferred canoe-out sites which...  more »
  • I've taken about four kayaking and camping trips to Lake Umbagog so far, and will likely be visiting annually in years to come. Unlike many of New Hampshire's lakes, which have shorelines that are pac...  more »

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