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Visitor Activities

  • Hunting

    WPA sign - Kirk Rogers.

    The refuge is open to all hunting seasons established by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Nox-toxic shot is required for all seasons other than those for big game, and no baiting is allowed during any hunting season. For summary of rule, and regulations see attachment.

    Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Hunting Regulations (pdf)

  • Fishing

    Carlton Pond - USFWS.

    Boating and fishing are allowed on refuge waters. Fishing regulations follow those issued by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

  • Wildlife Viewing

    Painted turtle - Dave Small.

    The vast expanse of wetland in the bog and riparian zones attracts a host of waterfowl and other water birds. Several species of ducks such as the black duck, wood duck, hooded merganser, mallard, and blue-winged teal can be seen during the spring and summer. Great blue herons, American bitterns, and double-crested cormorants are three of the larger water birds which frequent the refuge. Virginia and Sora rails, spotted sandpipers, greater yellowlegs, and long-billed dowitchers are just a few of the smaller bird species found in the bog.

    The best opportunity to view refuge wildlife and wildlands is by canoeing on the waters of Carlton Pond.

  • Environmental Education

    Painted turtle - Dave Small.

    Refuge lands are made available to local teachers and students for the purpose of conducting environmental education activities. The refuge serves as an outdoor laboratory for students and professors. A Special Use Permit is required for group visits before any educational activity occurs on the refuge.

  • Photography

    Water lily - Kirk Rogers.

    The best opportunity to view refuge wildlife is by canoeing on the waters of Carlton Pond.

Page Photo Credits — WPA sign - Kirk Rogers., Painted turtle - Dave Small., Water lily - Kirk Rogers.
Last Updated: Oct 22, 2013
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