Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge

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Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge

Maine

(207) 454-7161

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Overview

Moosehorn is one of the northern most national wildlife refuges in the Atlantic Flyway, a migratory route that follows the eastern coast of North America. The refuge provides important feeding and nesting habitat for many bird species, including waterfowl. Wading birds, shorebirds, upland game birds, songbirds, and birds of prey. The refuge consists of two divisions, the Baring Division and the Edmunds Division. Each division contains a National Wilderness Area, thousands of acres managed to preserve their wild character for future generation. The refuge is open to the public daily from one half-hour before sunrise to one half-hour after sunset.

Map of Moosehorn NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 45.133497, -67.277870

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating is permitted on the lakes within the refuge. Please contact the office for more information.

  • Bird Watching

    Bald eagles can be seen in both wilderness divisions of the refuge. Moosehorn has noted up to three pairs of Bald eagles in recent years. They are often in Magurrewock Marsh on the Baring Division and on the shoreline of Dennys Bay in the Edmunds Division. The marshes serve as a nesting area for Osprey including up to four pairs on platforms along the Charlotte road. Twenty-six species of warblers can be heard in the forests beginning in mid-May as they nest there after migration.

  • Bicycling

    Over 50 miles of dirt roads and trails are available for walking, biking, and skiing. The roads allow access to almost all parts of the refuge, passing through the habitats of all kinds of wildlife. Maps are available at the office.

  • Fishing

    Several streams and lakes on both the Baring and Edmunds Divisions are open to fishing. Small-mouth bass, yellow perch, brook trout, and chain pickerel are the most common fish. A Maine fishing license is required, which can be purchased in Calais. Certain areas are closed to fishing until after the waterfowl nesting season. Please contact the office for current locations and regulations.

  • Hiking

    Over 50 miles of dirt roads and trails are available for walking, biking, and skiing. These roads are a great way to observe wildlife. Three self-guided interpretive trails give insight into refuge wildlife and management. Many people also enjoy the solitude of walking through the wilderness area, where nothing mechanical is allowed. Trails through the wilderness areas of both divisions receive minimal maintenance. It is strongly recommended that hikers bring a topographical map and compass.

  • Horseback Riding

    Over 50 miles of dirt roads and trails are available for horseback riding. The roads allow access to almost all parts of the refuge, passing through the habitats of all kinds of wildlife. Maps are available at the office.

  • Hunting

    Areas of the refuge are open to deer hunting during the Maine rifle and muzzle loader season only. Contact the office for more information.

  • Winter Sports

    Over 50 miles of dirt roads and trails are available for walking, biking, and skiing. The roads allow access to almost all parts of the refuge, passing through the habitats of all kinds of wildlife. Maps are available at the office.

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Directions

Driving

Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge is located off Route 1 southwest of Calais, ME. It can be reached by taking Route 1 north from coastal Maine, Route 1 south from northern Maine, or Route 9 east from the Bangor area. From Route 1, follow signs to the Refuge Headquarters about three miles south on the Charlotte Road. The office is open Monday - Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., except holidays. An information booth provides after hours visitors with brochures and maps.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(207) 454-7161

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