Riverlands Conservation Area, Canterbury

Birds of Interest

Riverlands Conservation Area is an important bird-watching area. During spring warbler migration in May, there is a chance to view birds that nest farther north. In summer, the area supports bank and rough-winged swallows; eastern bluebirds; field, swamp, and song sparrows; great blue herons; red-tailed hawks; chestnut-sided warblers; and rufous-sided towhees.

About this Location

The Merrimack River shaped this land and continues to be a major influence on it. The land includes river frontage, two oxbow ponds, wetlands, fields, and woods. The 90-acre area has several trails, including a boardwalk and a viewing platform at one oxbow pond. The parking area provides canoe and rowboat access to the pond. The site is transected by a piece of private land (12 acres) in the middle of the area that visitors must respect. A large dirt parking lot can accommodate 50 cars. There is a small informational sign on a tree at the parking lot.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

Last updated November 1, 2023