Travel Resources - Outdoors - Maine Parks
Acadia National Park - One of the most spectacular National Parks in the eastern United States, Acadia National Park is a must see. The park encompasses much of Mount Desert Island. Within is Cadillac Mountain, Park Loop Road, Sand Beach and much more. A group that supports maintenance of the park is Friends of Acadia.
Park Entrance Fee: Purchase a Maine State Park Pass for entrance to most Maine parks and historic sites. Excluded are Baxter State Park, the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, the Penobscot River Corridor, the Penobscot Narrows Conservatory, the Maine Wildlife Park, Peacock Beach and Scarborough Beach.
Camping Reservations: Reserve online for the 12 Maine State Campgrounds managed by the Bureau of Parks and Lands via the Maine State Park Campground Reservations Service to be sure you've got a place to stay.
Baxter State Park - The most famous state-owned park in Maine is Baxter State Park. Comprising over 204,000 acres, this forested wilderness surrounding Mount Katahdin is exceptional in its beauty. Enjoy Katahdin Stream Falls, Big and Little Niagara Falls, and much more. Managed by the Baxter State Park Authority.
Allagash Wilderness Waterway - A 92-mile long strand of lakes, ponds, rivers and streams running through northern Maine's forest wilderness. Visited in the past by Henry David Thoreau and today by sportsmen and nature lovers alike. Key points about and a Map Key of the waterway are noted in Allagash Wilderness Waterway, A Natural History Guide. Should you wish to visit prepare carefully in advance for it is a very remote area. For park info phone (207) 941-4014 or watch the 9 video playlist below funded by Maine's taxpayers.
Aroostook State Park - 87 State Park Road, Presque Isle. Entrance fee charged. Maine's first state park, Aroostook State Park is at the entrance to the North Maine Woods, the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, new Bunswick and Quebec. Points of interest within include Quaggy Jo Mountain and Echo Lake. For park info phone (207) 768-8341.
Birch Point State Park - Open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Entrance fee charged. Points of interest within include a crescent sand beach (no lifeguards) and views of Penobscot Bay. For park info phone (207) 941-4014.
Bradbury Mountain State Park - 528 Hallowell Road, Pownal. Open year-round and located on Route 9 between Portland and Lewiston-Auburn. Entrance fee charged. 800-acre forest with picnicking, hiking, camping, mountain biking, snowmobiling and horseback riding. Sightseers visit for the fall foliage and birders come to see migrating hawks and eagles in the spring and fall. The annual Hawk Watch runs from mid-March through mid-May, and the annual Feathers over Freeport is in April. For park info phone (207) 688-4712.
Camden Hills State Park - 280 Belfast Road, Camden. Open year-round, entrance fee charged. This state park features Mt. Battie, whose peak affords sweeping views of Penobscot Bay and, in the fall, a drive up Mt. Battie Auto Road to view the fall foliage. For park info phone (207) 236-3109.
Cobscook Bay State Park - 40 S. Edmunds Road, Edmunds Township. Open year-round, entrance fee charged. This 888-acre park is surrounded on three sides by Cobscook Bay. Key feature is the tidal range, which averages 24 feet and can reach almost 30 feet. Many campsites within border Whiting Bay, a Cobscook Bay inlet. For park info phone (207) 726-4412.
Crescent Beach State Park - 66 Two Lights Road, Cape Elizabeth, about 8 miles south of Portland. Open year round, entrance fee charged. Famed for its mile-long sandy crescent-shaped beach with gentle surf on the Atlantic Ocean. Other features include saltwater coves, rock ledges & wooded areas. Cross-country skiing in the off-season.
Damariscotta Lake State Park - 8 State Park Road, Jefferson. Popular mid-coast Maine sandy beach on beautiful Damariscotta Lake. Picnic tables and grills available. Open 9 a.m. to sunset from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Fee charged, but limited parking. For park info phone (207) 549-7600.
Ferry Beach State Park - 95 Bayview Road, Saco. Open 9 a.m. to sunset from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. Entrance fee charged. Sandy oceanfront beach also with picnic area, nature trails and guided nature programs. For park info phone (207) 283-0067 (in season) or (207) 624-6080 (off season).
Fort Point State Park - Stockton Springs. Open 9 a.m. to sunset from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Entrance fee charged. 120-acre park on a peninsula wth views of the Penobscot River and Penobscot Bay. Rocky shore, tidal sandbar and diverse flora and fauna. Park includes picnic sites and gentle hiking trails. Bicyclists favor a ride to the Fort Point Light Station or a 7-mile loop around Cape Jellison typically commenced at the park's parking lot. Cross-country skiing in winter. For park info phone (207) 941-4014.
Grafton Notch State Park - 1941 Bear River Road, Newry. Open 9 a.m. to sunset from May 15 to October 15. Entrance fee charged. Rugged backpacking terrain within the Mahoosuc mountain range in Maine, including "12 of the most challenging miles along the entire Appalachian Trail," but with spectacular views for those who negotiate steep summit trails, particularly on 4,180' Old Speck. There are also easier short walks leading to waterfalls and gorges. For park info phone (207) 824-2912 (in season) or (207) 624-6080 (off season).
Holbrook Island Sanctuary - Brooksville. Open year-round from 9 a.m. to sunset. No entrance fee. Bordering Penobscot Bay with a rocky shore, canoe/kayak launches, picnic tables and hiking trails. Cross-country skiing in winter. For park info phone (207) 326-4012.
Lake St. George State Park - 278 Belfast Augusta Road, Liberty. Entrance fee charged. Located between Belfast and Augusta, this park's central feature is the 1,107-acre Lake St. George. Loons frequently visit and their distinctive calls often can be heard. Activities include swimming (lifeguard on duty), fishing for landlocked salmon and brook trout, canoeing (rentals available), hiking and camping. For park info phone (207) 589-4255.
Lamoine State Park - 23 State Park Road, Lamoine. Open 9 a.m. to sunset from May 15 to October 15. Entrance fee charged. Oceanfront park in Downeast, Maine with views of Frenchman's Bay and easy access to Bar Harbor, Acadia National park and area lighthouses. The park has camping facilities and a boat launch. For park info phone (207) 667-4778.
Lily Bay State Park - 13 Myrie's Way, Greenville. Open 9 a.m. to sunset from Memorial Day through Columbus Day. Entrance fee charged. Located on Moosehead Lake, Lily Bay State Park features access to salmon and trout fishing after ice-out in early to mid-May or during cooler waters in September, and alternatively boating and camping during the warmer summer months. For park info phone (207) 941-4014.
Moose Point State Park - 310 West Main Street, Searsport. Entrance fee charged. Open 9 a.m. to sunset from Memorial Day to October 1. Located on the shore of Penobscot Bay, Moose Point State Park features tidal pools, trails, and an evergreen grove. Popular stopping off point for travelers as it is located just off U.S Route 1 in Searsport on the way to Bar Harbor. For park info phone (207) 548-2882
Mt. Blue State Park - 299 Center Hill Road, Weld. Entrance fee charged. Open year-round from 9 a.m. to sunset. Popular western Maine mountains park for hiking trails, anglers and camping (for whom advance reservations are recommended by calling the State Park Reservations Office at (207) 624-9950 or online at the Maine State Park Campground Reservations Service). Winter visitors come to the park for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoe walks and ice-skating. For park info phone (207) 585-2347 (in season) or (207) 585-2261 (off season).
Owls Head State Park - Entrance fee charged. Open year-round from 9 a.m. to sunset. The park is located on the south side of the entrance to Rockland Harbor and features the Owls Head Lighthouse within.
Peaks-Kenny State Park - 401 State Park Road, Dover-Foxcroft. Entrance fee charged. Open May 15 to October 1 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Located on the shores of Sebec Lake, the 839-acre Peaks-Kenny State Park features camping, swimming along a mile of shoreline with sandy beach (lifeguard in summer), boating, fishing (landlocked salmon and lake trout), miles of hiking trails and picnicking in a bucolic setting. For park info phone (207) 564-2003 (in season) or (207) 941-4014 (off season).
Popham Beach State Park - 10 Perkins Farm Lane, Phippsburg. Entrance fee charged. Open year-round from 9 a.m. to sunset. Located on the south side of the mouth of the Kennebec River, the park features a long sandy beach for sunbathers, shell collectors & swimmers. The Atlantic surf here is strong with undertows and rip tides, so swim near lifeguard locations. For general park info phone (207) 389-1335. For summer Hotline info on current tide and parking status phone the Popham Beach State Park Hotline at (207) 389-9125.
Quoddy Head State Park - 973 South Lubec Road, Lubec. Entrance fee charged. Open From May 15 to October 15 from 9 a.m. to sunset. Located on 541 acres at tip of the easternmost peninsula in the United States, Quoddy Head State Park features the historic Quoddy Head Light and views of the steep red cliffs of Grand Manan Island in New Brunswick across Quoddy Channel. Excellent whale watching & birding, with humpback, minke and finback whales offshore along with eider, scoter and old squaw ducks, kittiwakes, gannets, black-bellied polvers, ruddy turnstones and purple sandpipers. For park info phone (207) 733-0911.
Range Pond State Park - Poland Spring. Entrance fee charged. Open year-round from 9 a.m. to sunset. Close to Lewiston/Auburn, Range Pond State Park offers a sandy beach for swimming, sunbathing, picnics, canoe/kayaking, windsurfing and walks along two miles of easy trails. For park info phone (207) 998-4104.
Rangeley Lake State Park - Rangeley. Entrance fee charged. Open from May 1 to May 15 from 9 a.m. to sunset. This is an 869-acre park in Maine's western mountains. Features a 9-mile lake with cool, clear waters and large populations of landlocked salmon and trout. Activies include hiking, picnicking, wildlife watching, fishing, hunting and camping. As for camping, advance reservations are recommended as there are just 50 sites close to the lake shore. For park info phone (207) 864-3858.
Reid State Park - 375 Seguinland Road, Georgetown. Entrance fee charged. Open year-round from 9 a.m. to sunset. Wide, salt water sand beachs in the park include Mile Beach and Half Mile Beach. From Griffith Head overlooking the park one can view expansive seascapes, nearby islands and lighthouses. For park info phone (207) 371-2303.
Roque Bluffs State Park - 145 Schoppee Point Road, Roque Bluffs. Entrance fee charged. Open from May 15 to October 30 from 9 a.m. to sunset. 274-acre park on Schoppee Point just south of Machias. Features a half-mile crescent beach along Englishman Bay composed of sand and pebbles as well as the 60-acre freshwater Simpson Pond. Activities include hiking amongst a 6-mile trail network, wildlife and bird watching. For park info phone (207) 255-3475.
Shackford Head State Park - Eastport. Entrance fee charged. Open year-round from 9 a.m. to sunset. 90-acre park on Moose Island overlooking Cobscook Bay, but close to downtown Eastport. Hiking trails in the park lead to a headland with views of, among other things, Campobello Island in New Brunswick. Birders can see warblers, hermit thrushes, bald eagles, common terns and spotted sandpipers among 28 species that nest within the park. For park info phone (207) 941-4014.
Sebago Lake State Park - 11 Park Access Road, Casco. Entrance fee charged. Open year-round from 9 a.m. to sunset. 1,400-acre park on the northern shore of Sebago Lake with sandy beaches, woodlands, ponds, bogs and a river. The deepest lake in Maine with a 45 square mile surface area, Sebago Lake offers swimming, sport fishing, and boating. The parks's 250-site campground is a popular vacation destination, so advance reservations are recommended. For general park info phone (207) 693-6613 and for camping info phone (207) 693-6231.
Swan Lake State Park - 100 West Park Lane, Swanville. Open 9 a.m. to sunset from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Entrance fee charged. Sandy lake beach featuring swimming (lifeguard on duty), picnicking, walking trails, canoe/kayaking and fishing. For park info phone (207) 525-4404.
Two Lights State Park - 7 Tower Drive, Cape Elizabeth. Entrance fee charged. Open year-round from 9 a.m. to sunset. Features views of the rocky Maine coast, with hill-top picnic tables facing the Atlantic Ocean and room for barbecues and clambakes. One can walk along the rocky shore, though keep a safe distance of at least 20' back from the surf as it is strong. Children should be kept under very close supervision if allowed to walk along the shore. For park info phone (207) 799-5871.
Vaughan Woods State Park - 28 Oldfield Road, South Berwick. Entrance fee charged. Open 9 a.m. to sunset from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 250-acre forested park along the Salmon Falls River. Picnic facilities and hiking trails. For park info phone (207) 490-4079 (in season) or (207) 624-6080 (off season).
Warren Island State Park - Entrance Fee charged. Open 9 a.m. to sunset from Memorial Day to September 15. Access to this 70-acre island park is via your own boat, there is no ferry transportation. Consequently the park tends to be serene and quiet. There are 12 campsites and 3 Adirondack shelters. For park info phone (207) 446-7090 (in season) or (207) 941-4014 (off season).
Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park - 426 Wolfe's Neck Road, Freeport. Entrance fee charged. Open year-round from 9 a.m. to sunset. Minutes from downtown Freeport, this 200+ acre park includes white pine and hemlock forests, a salt marsh estuary and a rocky shore along both Casco Bay and the Harraseeket River. Birders will enjoy the ospreys who come to the park from their nesting ground on adjacent Googins Island. Other visitors will enjoy the park's nature-walk trails and picnic areas. For park info phone (207) 865-4465.
Public Reserved Lands
Bald Mountain - Located in western Maine near the New Hampshire border. Views of Rangeley, Cupsuptic and Mooselookmeguntic lakes. Activites include boating, fishing birdwatching, hiking, hunting and, in winter, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. For area info phone (207) 778-8231.
Bigelow Preserve - 36,000 acres of public land located in western Maine north of Farmington There are seven mountain peaks in the area, the highest being West Peak at 4,150 feet It is bounded on the north by 20,000-acre Flagstaff Lake, part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, a 740-mile water trail through New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire and Maine. Activities include camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, birdwatching and, in winter, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. For area info phone (207) 778-8231.
Chamberlain Lake - Adjacent to the large lakes forming the south end of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. There are hikes to several low mountains offering views of the lakes. Activities include canoeing, fishing, hiking and hunting. For area info phone (207) 434-7963.
Cutler Coast - 12,234-acre wilderness along the Maine coast overlooking the Bay of Fundy. Activites include birdwatching (with over 200 species spotted in the area), ATV riding, camping, hiking and hunting. For area info phone (207) 941-4412.
Dead River - Western Maine area encompassing several miles of the Flagstaff Lake shore and the Dead River as it flows form the lake. Activities include ATV riding, camping, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding, swimming and, in winter, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. For area info phone (207) 778-8231.
Deboullie - 45 Radar Road, Ashland. 21,871-acre area in northern Aroostook County just 30 miles from the Canadian border. Featuring 17 ponds ranging from 8 to 341 acres with brook trout, landlocked salmon and, in some ponds, blueback trout. Activities include boating, picnicking, camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking, hunting, swimming and, in winter, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. For area info phone (207) 435-7963
Dodge Point - 521-acre reserve along 8,000 feet of the western shore of Damariscotta River in the Town of Newcastle. The shorefront features pocket sand and pebble beaches. Activities include beach-strolling, swimming, fishing, hiking and hunting. For area info phone (207) 778-8231.
Donnell Pond - 14.,000-acre forested area in Hancock County between the towns of Franklin and Cherryfield with clear lakes and ponds. Activities include boating, camping, canoeing, hiking, fishing, hunting and, in winter, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. For area info phone (207) 941-4412.
Duck Lake - 27,000-acre parcel located in Hancock County, 70 miles northeast of Bangor. Encompasses many lakes, streams and wetlands including Duck Lake, the Unknown Lakes and Gassabias Lake, all of which offer boating, camping, swimming and winter activities. For area info phone (207) 941-4412.
Eagle Lake - 23,000-acre parcel encompassing most of Eagle Lake in northern Aroostook County. To the east is Square Lake. Things to do include ATV riding, camping, fishing, hiking, swimming, hunting and winter activities. For area info phone (207) 435-7963.
Four Ponds - 6,000-acre reserve located in western Maine just east of Mooselookmeguntic Lake with a campsite at Little Swift River Pond and a lean-to at Sabbath Day Pond. Things to do include camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking, hunting and winter activities. For area info phone phone (207) 778-8231.
Gero Island - Large island in Chesuncook Lake with shore-side campsites. Things to do include boating, camping, canoeing, fishing and hiking. For area info phone (207) 435-7963.
Great Heath - Located in Washington County, Great Heath Public Reserved Land encompasses a peat bog through which flows the Pleasant River. It is enjoyed by canoeists who favor flat water paddling. For area info phone (207) 941-4412.
Holeb - 20,000-acre public reserve in western Maine popular with canoeists, with several Class I and Class II rapids and a captivating waterfall. Moose and loons populate the area. Things to do include boating, canoeing, fishing, hiking, hunting and winter sports. For area info phone (207) 778-8231.
Little Moose - 15,000-acre public reserve in Piscataquis County west of Greenville. Ranging from flat forests to the Little Moose Mountain Range. Things to do include ATV riding, birdwatching, camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking, hunting and winter sports. For area info phone (207) 778-8231.
Mackworth Island - 100-acre island reserve close to Portland. Entrance fee charged. There is a short hiking trail, a little over 1-mile, that circles the island and affords great views of Casco Bay and Portland. For area info phone (207) 688-4712.
Moosehead Lake - Encompasses the largest freshwater lake in New England, Moosehead Lake, as well as the 700-foot cliffs of Mount Kineo. The headwaters of the Kennebec River, Moosehead Lake is a junction for various canoe routes and is attractive to fishermen for its landlocked salmon, brook trout and lake trout. For area info phone (207) 778-8231.
Nahmakanta - 43,000 acres of forests and low mountains with many streams, lakes and ponds. Extensive network of hiking trails. Popular attractions within include Tumbledown Dick Falls and Pollywog Gorge, which is mile-long 180 foot deep gorge of sheer walls. Things to do include ATV riding, boating, camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking and winter sports. For area info phone (207) 941-4412.
Pineland - Over 600 acre public reserve within the towns of New Gloucester, Gray and North Yarmouth. Activities include hiking and and sightings of a wide variety of wildlife. For area info phone (207) 778-8231.
Richardson - 22,000-acre reserve in western Maine's Rangeley Lakes region. Over 20 miles of shoreline on Richardson Lake and Mooselookmeguntic Lake, both part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail from New York to Maine. Things to do include boating, camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking, hunting and, in winter, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. For area info phone (207) 778-8231.
Rocky Lake - 11,000-acre reserve bordering three lakes near East Machias in Downeast Maine. Birders will enjoy the bald eagles that nest in the area. Fishermen will enjoy the 10 species of fish in the local lakes and streams, plus sea-run Atlantic salmon along the East Machias River. here is also the occasional bobcat, bear and moose. For area info phone (207) 941-4412.
Round Pond - 20,000-acre reserve covering Round Pond, a section of the Allagash River. Favored by canoeists and, in the fall, hunters. For area info phone (207) 435-7963.
Scraggly Lake - 10,000-acre reserve encompassing Scraggly Lake, just northeast of Baxter State Park in Penobscot County. Things to do include fishing, hunting, camping and hiking. For area info phone (207) 435-7963.
Seboeis - 15,628-acre remote reserve in Piscataquis and Penobscot Counties encompassing most of the Seboeis Lake shoreline. The lake is favored by fishermen for its diverse range of species including landlocked salmon, splake, white and yellow perch, small mouth bass, chain pickerel and, in nearby Turtle Pond, brook trout. There are also 15 campsites and sandy beaches. For area info phone (207) 941-4412.
Scopan - 16,700-acre public reserve in Aroostook County near Presque Isle. Very rugged terrain along with almost 10 miles of shoreline on Scopan Lake. Things to do include ATV riding, boating, camping, canoeing, fishing, hunting, swimming and winter sports. For area info phone (207) 435-7963.
Telos - 23,000-acre reserve surrounding Telos Lake and the southern portion of Chamberlain Lake in Aroostook County. That portion of Chamberlain Lake is a favored starting point for canoeists traveling the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. Activities including camping, canoeing, fishing, hunting and winter sports. For area info phone (207) 435-7963.
Wassataquoik - Encompasses several miles of shoreline on the east branch of the Penobscot River and Wassataquoik Stream. Things to do include boating, camping, canoeing, fishing, hunting and winter activities. For area info phone (207) 941-4412.
Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge - Located on 4,700 acres in Limestone, Maine (formerly part of the Loring Air Force Base). Diversity of wildlife species in an area of Maine where the landscape supports agricultural crops such as potatoes and broccoli.
Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness - 12,000 acres encompassing both Caribou Mountain and Speckled Mountain. Steep terrain and multiple ridges and ledges amidst a northern hardwood forest. Many streams and ponds are in the area, plus a good many scenic (often steep) trails ranging up to 6 miles or so in length.
Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery - Craig Brook hatches Atlantic salmon to replenish seven Maine rivers with more than 2 million young salmon per year. The hatchery offers exhibits about the environment and Maine's Atlantic salmon, including a stream model with running water featuring live young salmon.
Cross Island National Wildlife Refuge - Part of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge complex. The Cross Island National Wildlife Refuge covers six islands (Cross, Scotch, Outer and Inner Double Head Shot, Mink and Old Man Islands) that encompasses 1,700 acres in the town of Cutler. Supports white-tailed deer, bald eagles, ospreys and song birds.
Franklin Island National Wildlife Refuge - Also part of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge complex. Twelve acre island about 6 miles from the town of Friendship, Maine on Muscongus Bay. Find nesting gulls, eiders, black-crowned night herons, Leach's storm petrels, and ospreys. Also on the island is the historic Franklin Island Light.
Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge - The Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge spans the border of Northern New Hampshire and Maine over the waters of Umbagog Lake, which at over 10 miles long is one of the largest lakes bordering the two states. However, the average lake depth is only 15 feet. Find nesting bald eagles, moose and other wildlife.
Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge - Over 17,000 acres near Calais, Maine and over 7,200 acres near Cobscook Bay. Moosehorn is the easternmost national wildlife refuge in the Atlantic flyway, a migration route following the east coast of North America. Several bald eagle families nest on the refuge, along with more than 200 other bird species.
Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge and Maine Coastal - FWS - Formerly known as the Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge. Its 7,300 acres spread over 43 islands and three mainland units (near Milbridge) and it spans 200 miles of Maine coastline. It includes 5 national wildlife refuges: Petit Manan, Cross Island, Franklin Island, Seal Island and Pond Island. Seabirds, wading birds and bald eagles nest within, alongside the Petit Manan Lighthouse and others lights that are located in the refuge.
Pond Island National Wildlife Refuge - Part of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge complex, this is a 10 acre island at the mouth of the Kennebec River by Popham Beach. Historic Pond Island Lighthouse is here. The island supports nesting terns, common eiders, and during the fall migration a variety of shorebirds, songbirds and raptors.
Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge - Located in Wells, this refuge - ultimately 7,600 acres in size - was established to protect 10 key estuaries along migration routes of waterfowl and other migratory birds, including the threatened piping plover, lesser yellowlegs and in all more than 250 species of birds.
Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge - Part of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge complex, this 65 acre island lies 21 miles off the coast of Rockland and once was a bombing range. Today, is supports colonial nesting seabirds including Artic and common terns, eiders, guillemots, and Atlantic puffins. Seal Island also has one of the largest tern colonies in the Gulf of Maine.
Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (Friends of Sunkhaze Meadows) and Sunkhaze Meadows (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service) - Located in Milford. Once a peat bog, Sunkhaze Meadows is now a 10,000 acre sanctuary for a variety of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects. A division of Sunkhaze Meadows is Carlton Pond, a 1,055 acre man-made pond and wetland located in Waldo County. Carlton Pond is one of the few areas in Maine which provides a nesting habitat for black terns (on the Maine endangered species list).
Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary - Located in Lewiston. This 310 acre wildlife preserve is managed by the Stanton Bird Club.
Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve at Laudholm Farm - Located in Wells. 1600-acre research, education and recreation facility. The Reserve is committed to investigating coastal environments and increasing awareness of their ecology. There are seven miles of hiking and cross-country ski trails with access to woodlands, fields, wetlands, beaches and dunes. Diversity of habitats and wondrous views make this a popular destination for bird watchers and nature photographers. The Reserve partners with Laudholm Trust, a non-profit charitable organization.