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Rachel Carson
National Wildlife Refuge

Fall foliage at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
321 Port Road
Wells, ME   04090
E-mail: rachelcarson@fws.gov
Phone Number: 207-646-9226
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Fall foliage at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Visitor programs are offered occassionally, primarily in the summer on weekends.

School groups are welcomed to visit and walk the Carson Trail. Please call for reservations.

Fishing is allowed on the refuge only at eight (8) designated locations: Brave Boat Tidal Creek in York, the Ogunquit River in Ogunquit/Wells, Stevens Brook in Wells, Webhannet River in Wells, Merriland River/Skinner Mill in Wells, Mousam River in Kennebunk, Goosefare Brook in Saco, and the Spurwink River in Scarborough. There is one car-top boat launching site on Chauncey Creek in Kittery. Please contact the refuge for detailed information regarding specific locations.

All applicable Federal, State and local laws apply to anglers on the refuge. The designated fishing sites are open sunrise to sunset only. Refuge regulations require use of non-lead jigs and sinkers to prevent waterbird poisoning. Anglers must carry out all litter, including monofilament, which can be dangerous to birds and other wildlife. Anglers must obey refuge boundary signs and private property. The use of all designated fishing areas is contingent upon user cooperation.

Hunting is available (bow and shotgun only) in designated areas for white-tailed deer, waterfowl, woodcock, ring-necked pheasant, and ruffed grouse. Falconry is permitted. Permits and associated fees for all hunting activities are required. Contact refuge staff for annually updated regulations and maps in late August. Trapping is prohibited.

The one-mile, accessible "Carson Trail" at the refuge headquarters on Route 9 in Wells is open every day from dawn until dusk. A self-guided brochure is available at the visitor contact station/headquarters or may be downloaded from our home page. Pets must be leashed.

Wildlife Observation
The Carson Trail, a one-mile loop located at refuge headquarters, meanders through pine woods and offers views of expansive, tidal saltmarshes. Visitors will enjoy its wealth of wildflowers and songbirds. The trail is open every day from dawn to dusk and is universally accessible. Please stay on the trail to help us protect vital, fragile vegetation.

Guides to refuge reptiles, amphibians and mammals and our bird list are available at our headquarters. Our bird brochure is also available on line at our home page.

The most rewarding times to view wildlife are at dawn and dusk. Stand at a safe distance; do not move suddenly, as this will alert the animal and cause it to flee.

The refuge headquarters is located in Wells, 0.7 miles (1.1 km) from the intersection of Route 1 and Route 9. Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. The visitor contact station is opened limited weekend hours in the summer. All trails are open dawn until dusk every day.

Printed materials about the refuge and wildlife-related subjects are available as links to our home page. They may also be obtained by writing to the Refuge Manager.

Entrance Fees
There are no entrance fees. Donations are accepted.

Use Fees
Fees are required for hunting. Please contact the refuge for specific information.
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