Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge is open year-round from one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset, seven days a week. Parts of the refuge are designated as a wildlife sanctuary and are closed to the public. You should start your visit at the refuge headquarters to orient yourself to the refuge. There you can learn the history of the refuge and speak to staff about the refuge. People are encouraged to observe, study, photograph and walk with nature in designated public areas. The best times for observing wildlife are early in the morning and late afternoon. The refuge has 13 miles of foot access trails, with varying difficulty from which wildlife can be viewed. There are also two wildlife observation blinds in close proximity to the refuge headquarters.
While out on the refuge, please dress appropriately. Winter temperatures average around 0F and summer temperature average around 75F. Black flies, mosquitoes and deer flies may be numerous from May to September throughout the refuge, so insect repellent and protective clothing are advisable.
Hunting and fishing are not permitted at Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge.
Bike riding is only permitted on the Auto Tour Route.
Pets are only allowed on a leash, not to exceed 10 feet.
Please contact the refuge for an up to date list of areas that are open to the public and activities that are permitted on the refuge.
The headquarters, visitor contact station, nature store, trailhead cross-country ski trails, auto tour route and historic weapons storage area are all located at 97 Refuge Road in Limestone. (207-328-4634)
The Friends of Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge Nature Store is open Tuesday through Thursday from 1 pm to 4 pm and on Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm.
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