The Loon Center
& The Markus Wildlife Sanctuary
183 Lee's Mill Road
Moultonborough, NH 03254
Mid May - July 1: open Mon-Sat,
July 1 - Oct 13 (Columbus Day): open every day,
Mid Oct - Mid May: open Thurs-Sat,
Closed holidays and the day after Thanksgiving,
OPEN Memorial Day, 4th of July and Columbus Day.
Have you ever wondered what the cry of a loon means? Why a loon's eyes are red? Where loons go in the winter? How deep loons dive? Why loon chicks ride on their parents' backs? Are loons ducks? Come find out at The Loon Center!
Our displays, exhibits, and award-winning videos introduce visitors to the wonders of New Hampshire's loons and other wildlife. Admission is free, The Center hosts over 10,000 New Hampshire residents and visitors each year. While at the Loon Center, visit the Loon’s Feather Gift shop where you will find “all things loon" and more!
Markus Wildlife Sanctuary walking trails are open seven days a week all year, dawn to dusk.
Come walk the trails on our 200-acre Frederick and Paula Anna Markus Wildlife Sanctuary on the shore of picturesque Lake Winnipesaukee! Wildlife viewing opportunities abound on both the Loon Nest Trail and the Forest Walk loop. The Sanctuary is comprised of 200 acres of upland forests, marshes, ponds, clear-running streams and over 5,000 feet of pristine shoreline on Lake Winnipesaukee, one of the largest remaining areas of natural shoreline on the lake. These diverse habitats make this sanctuary home to a wide host of plant and animal species. Two walking trails wind their way through the Sanctuary.
The Forest Walk (¼ mile)
The Forest Walk is a short, easy loop through mixed woods. The path is flat and even, making it suitable for baby strollers or those less sure-footed. Enjoy edge and interior forest habitats, the warblers and wildflowers of spring, the cool shade in summer, the colors of fall, and woodland tracks on winter's snows.
The Loon Nest Trail (1½ miles)
The Loon Nest Trail allows visitors to experience the natural beauty of upland forests, marshes, clear streams and close to a mile of pristine shoreline. Follow Halfway Brook through mixed woodlands toward the lakeshore. Squeeze between giant granite "glacial erratic" boulders, sit and enjoy Lake Winnipesaukee from several vantage points, and skirt the edge of a thriving marsh before returning to The Loon Center. Or, walk to the views and back for a shorter trip. Sturdy footwear is recommended for those who want to walk the entire trail. Wildlife viewing opportunities abound on both trails - you may even catch a glimpse of our resident pair of loons!
LOON CRUISES at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness:
June 9 to August 29: Mondays and Friday at 3:00 p.m.
The Loon Center's Loon Preservation Committee (LPC) is delighted to join forces with our friends and colleagues at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. Offered twice a week these cruises focus on Common Loon conservation, biology, and monitoring. A Science Center naturalist joins a LPC biologist who guides the tour and discusses the work LPC does across the state and on Squam to protect these extraordinary birds. The cruise route is chosen to maximize Loon observations. Click here for more information!