Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you Recreate Responsibly.

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information.
  • Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, people who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


Hunt Plan Available for Public Comment

The Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Hunt Plan (April 2021) is now available for public comment. The comment period will be open through the end of the "2021–2022 Station-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations" comment period, which is July 6, 2021. If you wish to comment, please note "Sunkhaze NWR Hunt Plan" in the subject line of an email, and address to "".

Sunkhaze Meadows NWR Hunt Plan

Around the Refuge

Know Before You Go

Johnson Brook Trail - USFWS.

Sunkhaze Meadows NWR is wet and has a healthy population of biting insects. You may want to wear boots and bring insect repellent. Visit our Plan Your Visit page to learn more.

Plan Your Visit

Visitor Activities

Kayaker - USFWS.

There are activities year-round at Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge including hunting, fishing, canoeing/kayaking, wildlife observation and photography. Learn more on our visitor activities page.

Visitor Activities

Comprehensive Conservation Planning

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

Comprehensive Conservation Planning

About the Complex

Northern Maine National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Northern Maine National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Read more about the complex
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.

Learn more about the NWRS