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National Wildlife Refuge

103 Headquarters Rd
Baring, ME   04694
E-mail: fw5rw_mhnwr@fws.gov
Phone Number: 207-454-7161
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
There are many ways to experience the wildness of Moosehorn NWR. Over 50 miles of dirt roads are closed to public vehicle access and available for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Two self-guided interpretive trails give insight into the refuge's wildlife and management. The Woodcock Trail is a good place to observe the spring courtship flights of these birds. Visitors are also invited to accompany wildlife biologists on woodcock and waterfowl banding operations (call ahead to schedule). The viewing deck on the west side of U.S. Route 1 in the Baring Division offers a good vantage point for seeing nesting bald eagles. Interpretive programs are offered at various time during the year. Environmental education activities are provided to schools, scouting groups and other organizations by refuge staff and trained volunteers.

Fishing is a favorite sport both summer and winter; excellent brook trout, smallmouth and pickerel waters are found throughout the refuge. Visitors should check state and federal regulations prior to fishing the refuge.

The Moosehorn NWR manages an annual deer hunt in November. A refuge hunt permit is required and can be obtained at the refuge headquarters office. Please check state and federal regulations prior to hunting.

Interpretive exhibits and literature are available at the refuge headquarters and Youth Conservation Corps/ Welcome Center.

Wildlife Observation
Wildlife Observation Tips: Dawn to dusk are the best times to see wildlife. Little is moving on hot, humid summer afternoons or on windy days. Observe from the sidelines. Leave "abandoned" young animals alone. A parent is probably close by waiting for you to leave. Don't offer snacks; your lunch could be harmful to wild digestive systems. Sit quietly in one good location. Use binoculars or a long lens for a closer look. Let wildlife get used to your presence. Teach children the art of being quit. They will learn the value of patience and other wildldife watchers will appreciate your consideration. Remember, patience is the most important observation skill! Don't give up.

Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace is a national educational program to inform visitors about reducing the damage caused by outdoor activities, particularly non-motorized recreation. Leave No Trace principles and practices are based on an abiding respect for the natural world and our fellow wildland visitors. We can act on behalf of the places and wildlife that inspire us by adopting the skills and ethics that enable us to Leave No Trace.

1. Plan ahead and prepare.
2. Travel on durable surfaces.
3. Dispose of waste properly.
4. Leave what you find.
5. Respect wildlife.
6. Be considerate of other visitors.

For more information on Leave No Trace, visit the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Web site. (http://www.lnt.org)

The Refuge is open to the public every day, ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hours after sunset. Evening and nighttime hours available by special use permit.

The Refuge Headquarters Office is open 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday and closed Holidays.

Entrance Fees
There are no entrance fees charged at Moosehorn NWR. Federal Duck Stamps, Golden Age, Eagle and Access Passes are available at the Headquarters Office.

Use Fees
Hunting and Christmas Tree permits are required for these uses. There is no fee for these permits. These permits can be obtained at the Headquarters Office.
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