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 alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors 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.

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
What's Happening

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

Northern Maine National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Carlton Pond Waterfowl Production Area 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