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NORTH MAINE WOODS
Occupying a large area in the upper part of the state, the North Maine Woods consists of private lands owned by a number of timber companies and other corporations. The region is open to the public for recreational use.
There are a huge number of attractive lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams. Among the waterways here is the St. John River, which extends over 130 miles through northern Maine.
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Extensive logging takes place in the area. Thus it's not a pristine wilderness, but by most other measures it's considered to be rather wild and remote. Access is via unpaved private roads, some of which are in poor condition.
Activities: Canoeing is available on many of the rivers and lakes, as is fishing. There are hardly any developed foot trails, so the options for hiking and backpacking are few. Bikes are prohibited. Hunting is permitted in season.
Camping Regulations: Camping and campfires are allowed at designated sites, which number in the hundreds. A required camping permit is issued at entrance checkpoints. A Maine fire permit is necessary for some but not all sites, and this must be obtained in advance. Fees are charged for camping each night, and there's also an entry fee. Reservations are available and recommended, although these aren't necessary for all campsites.
For Further Information: North Maine Woods, P.O. Box 421, Ashland, ME 04732; (207)435-6213.