Tucked away in the northwest portion of the main lake is Bearcamp Woodlands, a highly diverse area of 244 acres that includes one of the largest undeveloped sections of lake frontage in the Ossipee Lake system.
History of the Bearcamp Woodlands
The Bearcamp acres were once hayed as open farmland but returned to woodland when the lake was dammed to facilitate recreation. It is now a combination of wetlands and forest.
The wetlands are represented by spruce bogs, beaver ponds, open water, marshes with grasses and forested wetlands that abut the distinctive oxbows of the meandering Bearcamp River. Forest cover includes white pine, pitch pine and scrub oak in the Ossipee sand plains habitat, floodplain habitat with silver maple, and mixed oak-pine and birch forest habitat.
Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell E. Foster donated the preserve to the New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) in 1977 and NEFF continues to manage it.
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The Bearcamp Woodlands is a delightful spot to view by foot or from the lake by canoe or kayak. While there are no boat launch facilities on the property, the area has many trails for hiking. Look for black bears, moose, muskrats, deer and otters.
The New England Forestry Foundation’s website at www.newenglandforestry.org offers additional information as well as travel and parking directions.