The Nulhegan Basin - The Nulhegan Basin Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge consists of more than 26,600 acres of conifer and deciduous forest interspersed with forested wetlands, peatlands and shrub swamps, and contains three of the four tributaries of the Nulhegan River. These lands are nested within a working forest landscape exceeding 150,000 acres. Located just a few miles south of the Canadian border, the basin’s vegetation most closely resembles that of the northern Appalachian Mountains, interspersed with elements of the boreal forest to the north. This division is known for abundant songbirds, particularly boreal species and warblers, and has been designated an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. It is open to the public for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, environmental education, and interpretation.
Division roads are gravel and remote. Call the visitor contact station for the current status of the roads. Horses, non-registered motorcycles and ATVs are not allowed. Trucks and other heavy equipment have the right of way on these roads.
The Lewis Pond boardwalk is in the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge, which protects over 36,000 acres of the Connecticut River watershed. For more information, visit the Refuge's website or contact:
From Brighton (Island Pond), drive 1 mile west on VT-105. Turn left onto Henshaw Road and proceed for 4.7 miles. Take a slight right onto Four Mile Road. After 3.9 miles, turn left on Lewis Pond Road and proceed for 5.5 miles.. Turn left onto Lewis Pond Access Road and proceed to the parking area.
Please note that roads in the refuge are gravel and may not be suitable for low clearance vehicles. Dump trucks, log trucks and heavy equipment have the right of way.
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