Carlton Pond Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) is a 1,068-acre unit located in the Town of Troy, Waldo County, about seven miles north of Unity. The wetland complex is bounded by Route 220 to the west, Bog Road to the south, and Rutland Road to the east. Carlton Pond is one of the few waterfowl production areas east of the Mississippi River.
Carlton Pond WPA is part of Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and managed by the staff of Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge. To get to Carlton Pond, turn east from U.S. 202 in Troy, Maine onto Maine Route 220. Follow Route 220 for about three miles, turn right onto Bog Road. Bog Road crosses over the inlet to Carlton Pond after about ½ mile. There is a small parking area on the right.
The headquarters of Maine Coastal Islands NWR is located in Rockland, Maine just off of Route 73 heading toward Owls Head. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Printed materials are available at the office 24 hours a day.
To reach the Rockland office:
Follow U.S. Route 1 to the intersection with Route 73 in downtown Rockland. Turn south onto Route 73 for ¼ mile then bear left onto Water Street. Turn right into the parking lot of the large white building on your right.
Maine Coastal Islands NWR9 Water StreetP.O. Box 1735Rockland, ME 04841-1735 Phone: 207-594-0600Fax: 207-594-0605
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Most of Carlton Pond Waterfowl Production Area is a shallow freshwater pond formed by an earthen dam. Pond waters attract many species of water birds, including common loons, great blue herons, wood ducks, American black ducks, pintails, blue and green-winged teal, cormorants, and others.