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The pond is protected as part of the New Hampshire Audubon Societyís largest sanctuary. The entire property is well over 1,000 acres and includes two large hills: Bald Mountain and Goodhue Hill. While we were out on the water, we saw hikers as small specks, making their way up the trails. Thereís only one privately owned house on the pond and itís set back from the water.
We paddled here early one morning in June 2007, but not early enough to see too much wildlife activity, with one exception: There was a pair of nesting loons and their young chick. You can bet those adult loons were protective of their little one! Aside from loons, The Audubon Society says to be on the lookout for Hooded Mergansers and Wood Ducks.
The shoreline of Willard Pond is dotted with boulders. Youíll also see boulders that appear to be just below the surface of the water, but they are actually submerged deep enough for you to paddle right over them. Itís an illusion created by the clear water.
Willard Pond isnít large. Itís around 100 acres and has a maximum depth of about 15 feet. Protected and peaceful are the key words here. Willard Pond is a real treasure!
Gas-powered motorboats are not allowed and fishing is restricted to fly fishing only.
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