Visitor Activities

  • Hunting

    Wood duck - USFWS.

    Both divisions of the refuge provide opportunities to hunt most species for which there are seasons under State of Maine Law. Contact the refuge office to obtain a recent hunt map and refuge regulations. Free permits are also required.

     Moosehorn NWR Hunting Regulations with maps 

  • Fishing

    Fishing derby - USFWS.

    Many streams and several lakes and ponds on both the Baring and Edmunds Divisions are open to fishing. A Maine fishing license is required, which can be purchased in Calais. All State of Maine seasons and regulations apply.

    Maps of fishing areas are available from the refuge office. Certain areas are closed to fishing until after the waterfowl nesting season to prevent disturbance. Boat access is provided at Bearce Lake (no motors) and Vose Pond.

    Small-mouth bass, yellow perch, brook trout, and chain pickerel are the most common species caught by anglers. Lead tackle is prohibited on all national wildlife refuges.

    Moosehorn NWR Fishing Regulations with maps

  • Wildlife Viewing

    Spotting scope - USFWS.

    Over fifty miles of refuge trails and roads provide excellent opportunities for wildlife observation in many different upland and wetland habitats. Moosehorn NWR maintains 37 freshwater impoundments for waterfowl and wading birds. Many of the impoundments offer exceptional wildlife viewing opportunities and are accessible by the refuge trail system. In addition to the refuge’s roads and trails, there are two wildlife viewing platforms that can be accessed from the Charlotte Road. The eagle viewing platform is one of the best bald eagle public viewing locations in the state of Maine.

    Learn more about Moosehorn's trails.

    Learn about the best places to view wildlife on the refuge.

  • Interpretation

    Owl demonstration at birding festival - USFWS.

    The refuge staff, volunteers and partners conduct interpretation programs and activities to inform and remind our visitors about issues and opportunities including bird migration, seasonal habitat changes, invasive species and management activities. The refuge hosts annual events such as the Downeast Bird Festival (Memorial Day Weekend), children’s fishing derby (June), and warbler and amphibian walks each spring. The wheelchair-accessible Woodcock and Charlotte trails provide visitors with information on native habitat and wildlife.

    Learn more about Moosehorn's trails.

  • Environmental Education

    Group hike - USFWS.

    National wildlife refuges serve many purposes, and one of our most important roles is as an outdoor classroom to teach about wildlife and natural resources. Many refuges offer environmental education programs for a variety of audiences. Refuges provide unique and exciting outdoor environments – excellent locations for hands-on learning activities. Youth and adult groups visit every year to learn about wildlife, habitats, biodiversity and ecological processes. Environmental education takes place when schools, colleges and universities, or environmental education organizations visit Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge as part of a course of instruction. Currently no organized, curriculum-based programs are provided at Moosehorn.

  • Photography

    Winter on the refuge - USFWS.

    Perhaps the fastest growing activity on national wildlife refuges in the past ten years has been wildlife photography. That's not surprising, considering the popularity of the digital camera and the increasing photographic abilities of cell phone.

    Nearly 12 million people visit outdoor areas each year to photograph wildlife, and national wildlife refuges naturally are at the top of the list. Refuges provide enhanced opportunities to photograph wildlife in natural habitats by providing wildlife observation blinds, brochures, interpreters, viewing areas, and tour routes. Wildlife photography is a high-priority activity in the refuge system.

    The best time of year to photograph wildlife is throughout the spring and summer months. These time periods provide opportunities to photograph both resident and migratory species. Winter wildlife most likely to be observed include pileated woodpeckers, whitetail deer, and chickadees. Spring and summer bring numerous migrants including a variety of waterfowl species, great blue herons, eagles and osprey, a variety of migrant songbirds are also present. Fall colors usher in returning concentrations of waterfowl as well as northern breeding songbirds as they move toward southern wintering areas.

    Learn about the best places to view wildlife on the refuge.