North Maine Woods

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Welcome to the North Maine Woods - Multiple Ownership - Multiple Use Management Area. The private forest landowners and state governmental agencies cooperating in this program are pleased you have chosen to visit our web site. It is designed to help you have a safe and pleasant trip in the area, plus provide you with valuable information on forest resource management and recreational use.

The area provides numerous outdoor recreational opportunities for over 100,000 visitors each year while at the same time providing renewable forest resources which are a major part of Maine's economy. Harvesting wood products and providing recreation are compatible if managed properly. Providing proper management of day use and camping is the main goal of the North Maine Woods organization.

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With the approaching hunting seasons, please remember to be safe while visiting the region.  Remember this is a working forest so give all logging trucks the right-of-way.

Current Road Conditions (Updated 10-31-17):
*The Golden Rd at the Elm Stream Crossing will be closed for bridge construction until Friday 11-3-17.  Please find an alternate route!
*Due to active operations and heavy trucking please avoid traveling on the Jacques Ouellette Road this fall. There are hundreds of miles of other private roads in this region open for your hunting enjoyment.
*On Friday morning, October 13th the Relaty Rd will be closed temporarily to traffic at mile 23 at the Bailey Bridge crossing.  Please use alternate routes.
*The bridge over Drake Brook (Churchill Dam Road) has been replaced and the Churchill Dam road is passable.  
*The Kelly Dam Road is no longer passible due to a culvert being removed temporarily 
at the Little Penobscot Brook crossing between the Kelly Dam gate and the Golden Road .
*Construction to the Umsaskis Bridge on the Realty Road has been postponed until August of 2018.
*Bridge Removal:  The bridge that spans Rocky Brook on the Bartlett Pond Road (located in T11R9 – approximately .5 miles south of the Realty Road), will be removed.  At this time, there are no immediate plans to replace the structure.  

With voters approving a substantial 20% increase in Maine's minimum wage from $7.50 to $9 last November, please realize that this will have an impact on North Maine Woods operations and land use and camping fees.

Under the "Informatio
n" tab, click on "Land Use and Fees" for a list of the new 2017 fee schedule.
Attention Sporting Dog Owners:
If you are using a GPS-enabled dog tracking device such as the Garmin Astro or Garmin Alpha tracking system, be advised that the collars for these systems operate on the same MURS (Multi-Use Radio Service) frequencies used by logging trucks for monitoring road traffic. These collars create audible interference on truck radios that are within range of a collar operating on the same MURS frequency (i.e. channel). The 5 frequencies used by the MURS radio and Garmin systems are:
MURS Channel 1 = 151.820 Mhz / MURS Channel 2 = 151.880 Mhz / MURS Channel 3 = 151.940 Mhz
MURS Channel 4 = 154.570 Mhz / MURS Channel 5 = 154.600 Mhz
The first four frequencies (channels 1-4) are used primarily for monitoring road traffic with each road system in the NMW region being assigned a specific MURS channel (see back for road channel list). MURS Channel 5 has been designated as an acceptable channel for dog collars to operate on.
It is important that you make sure your dog(s) collars are operating on MURS channel 5, and by no means should a collar be operating on a channel used by the road system you are hunting or traveling on. To check what channel your dog’s collar has been programmed to operate on, you will need to check the channel number (Alpha system) or Dog ID (Astro system) assigned to the collar by using the following information:
ALPHA SYSTEM: The first number of the Alpha channel (followed by a Dash Number) indicates which MURS channel the dog collar is using. For example: 3-29 indicates MURS channel 3 is being utilized, 1-18 indicates MURS channel 1, 2-7 is channel 2, etc. Therefore anyone using the Alpha system should have a 5 as the first number for that collar.
ASTRO SYSTEM: The Astro system assigns an ID number (0-49) as opposed to using a channel number like the Alpha system, but the MURS frequency can be determined from the ID number by using the following chart:
Dog ID Number 0-9 (151.820 Mhz) = MURS Channel 1
Dog ID Number 10-19 (151.880 Mhz) = MURS Channel 2
Dog ID Number 20-29 (151.940 Mhz) = MURS Channel 3
Dog ID Number 30-39 (154.570 Mhz) = MURS Channel 4
Dog ID Number 40-49 (154.600 Mhz) = MURS Channel 5
Collars that are not operating on the proper channel will need to be manually assigned to channel 5 (Alpha) or a Dog ID Number from 40 to 49 (Astro). Please consult your owner’s manual on how to do this manually or contact the NMW office (435-6213) for assistance.