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Comprehensive Conservation Planning

The final comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) for Carlton Pond WPA is now available. This plan will determine management activities for the next 15 years. To view our CCP, visit our Conservation page.


About the Complex

Maine Coastal Islands Complex

Carlton Pond WPA is an extension of Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

Carlton Pond is managed as part of the Maine Coastal Islands Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Around the Refuge

  • Visitor Activities

    WPA sign - Kirk Rogers.

    There are activities year-round at Carlton Pond Waterfowl Production Area including hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography. Learn more on our visitor activities page.

    Visitor Activities
  • Wildlife & Habitat

    Black tern - Kirk Rogers.

    Carlton Pond WPA has historically provided good nesting habitat for waterfowl and other birds. To date, over 33 bird species have been observed using refuge lands and waters. VIsit our Wildlife & Habitat page to learn about some of the species that you might see on the refuge.

    Wildlife & Habitat
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Carlton Pond - Kirk Rogers., Mallard duck chicks - Dave Small.
Last Updated: Oct 23, 2013
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