Sucker Brook Cove Wildlife Sanctuary

Sucker Brook Cove Wildlife Sanctuary

21 Acres
0.67 Miles of Trails
Nelson, NH

Within the hilly, rocky terrain of the Monadnock region, the 21 acre Sucker Brook Cove Wildlife Sanctuary occupies a portion of the northwest shore of picturesque, 33 acre Silver Lake. From the Sanctuary, one can get an impressive view of Mt. Monadnock, which is about seven air miles to the south.

The Sanctuary consists of closed-canopy, mixed forest of northern hardwoods, red oak, white pine and eastern hemlock growing on and among the glacial erratics (boulders) typical of the area. Most of the shoreline area of the Sanctuary encompasses Sucker Brook Cove, a shallow, sandy bay of Silver Lake where a woodland creek, Sucker Brook, enters. Smaller woodland creeks and seeps also enter the cove and much of the cove’s shoreline is an ecologically interesting gradation of habitat types, from foest to wetland shrubs to open water with emergent and floating aquatic plants. The cove is home to many forms of wildlife including the Common Loon and Great Blue Heron.

Visitor Guidelines:

  • Foot travel only – please stay on trails
  • Sanctuary open during daylight hours only
  • Dogs are permitted on trails only & they must be on a short leash at all times
  • Carry in – carry out, including all pet waste
  • Fishing, trapping, hunting, swimming, smoking, camping and fires are prohibited
  • Please do not disturb wildlife or vegetation

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