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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Snowmobiler's Reminder:
Stay off all plowed roads. This is illegal, and presents a serious safety hazard. Forest roads represent a significant investment and are intended solely for transporting wood and equipment. These roads may be in use 24/7 and are no place for sleds or parked private vehicles and trailers.
• The same goes for log yards. They may be empty when you arrive, but they are never intended to be parking lots for pickup trucks and trailers, they are for loading wood headed to the marketplace.
• Snow covers everything and that includes newly planted seedings or any number of obstacles or hazards. If you’re unsure, check locally or just don’t go. Keep in mind that calling the landowner isn’t an option. Their employees are there to keep their operations moving, not to provide sledding updates to wannabee off-trail riders. Check with locals, or better yet-
• Hire a guide. This is the first suggestion when people call about off-trail riding. Guides are generally well connected to the forest landowners, know local conditions and can certainly help provide a high quality off-trail experience. There are also several lodges and outfitters in northern Maine that specialize in off-trail excursions. Check on our website for options.
• Ride Responsibly; don’t jeopardize snowmobilers’ (your) welcome.
• Lastly- Respect Landowners. Access to these lands is a privilege, not a right. Every piece of land, even in remote woods, is owned by someone.


Plowed Road List:
The list below includes just the operating season until mid-March.

Golden Road to Telos to Chamberlain Bridge (KFM)
Chamberlain Bridge to Pinkham Road junction (KFM)
Pinkham Road from 522 Road to Ashland (7I)
Chamberlain Bridge to Grand Chermain Road (KFM)
Grand Chermain Road to Narrow Pond Road (7I)
From Golden Road up Ragmuff Road by Caucomgomoc to St. Juste (North Woods Management)
From Golden Road up by 5th St. John to Baker Lake Road
Poulin Road from Thoroughfare Brook to Realty Road (Landvest)
St. Juste Connector from St. Juste Road to Realty Road (7I)
McClusky Brook Road from Thoroughfare Brook to Churchill Dam. (Landvest)
Cyr Road from Poulin Road to St. Juste Road
From 522 Road over Johns Bridge to Thoroughfare Brook (7I)
Oxbow Road from Oxbow to Pinkham Road
Rocky Brook Road from Portage to the St. Francis connection and to the intersection with the Blanchette Road by Musquacook Stream. (Irving)
Robinson Road from St. Pamphile to Estcourt/Irving Road (7I)
Estcourt Road mile 1-32
Realty Road from 6 Mile to Musquacook
Musquacook corner past Clayton Lake towards St. John River (Landvest)
St. Pamphile to St. John River Bridge (Blanchet)
St. John River Bridge to Musquacook Stream & T12 R10
Clayton Lake to St. Pamphile via Boulevard Road. (Landvest)
From Realty Road by 2nd Musquacook to Blanchette Road (Landvest)
St. Francis Road from St. Francis to the Rocky Brook Road (Irving)
Depot Lake road from St. Pamphile to Daaquam Road - Landvest/TNC
Carter Brook Road will be plowed to the Dump Road - Landvest
Brailey Brook Road From Carter Siding Road to St. Aurelie Road
Baker Lake Road miles 24-27. (Landvest)
St. Francis Lake Road (Landvest)
Beaver Brook Road (7I)
Grand Lake Road to Camp Violet Road to Snowshoe Road (Huber)

From our contacts we understand the following roads may not be plowed:
Little Brailey Brook Road
Blackstone Road (Irving)
Craigville Road to Pinkham Road will be plowed until Jan. 1(Daaquam Lumber)
Chase Brook Road from Pinkham to Jack Mountain
522 Road north From Pell & Pell Road junction to Churchill Dam
Crossover road between Pinkham Road and 522 Road, plowed part way but not all the way through
From Blanchette/St. Pamphile Road north across Big Black River to junction of Robinson Road
St. Croix Road- plowed only until January 1st (Irving)
(Harvey Siding Road is now called the St. Croix Road)
Pell& Pell Road to 522 Road
Island Pond Road to Pell & Pell only plowed until the first of year
Hewes Brook Road from Rocky Brook Road to St. Francis
The Inn Road from Allagash to Schedule Brook
Duck Pond Road



GOOD NEWS:
North Maine Woods has raised the minimum age that requires visitors to pay fees from age fifteen to age eighteen for both the North Maine Woods and the KI Jo-Mary Forest. There has been a trend towards fewer young people hunting, fishing, canoeing and camping in the Maine woods, so perhaps this change will have a positive impact on this trend.

Another change is half price camping in the Deboullie Township which is owned by Maine’s Bureau of Parks and Lands. Located about ten miles south of St. Francis and thirty miles northwest of Portage, this area has undergone significant improvements to its 30 campsites and over 30 miles of hiking trails.   In cooperation with Maine’s Bureau of Parks and Lands, NMW landowners have reduced the NMW regular camping fees by half (for the Deboullie Township only) to help attract people to experience the improvements made to this area.

NOTICE:
With voters approving a substantial increase in Maine's minimum wage scale, please realize this has had an impact on North Maine Woods operations; and land use and camping fees had to be adjusted accordingly.

Under the "Informatio
n" tab, click on "Land Use and Fees" .
 
Attention Sporting Dog Owners:
GPS-ENABLED DOG TRACKING SYSTEMS ARE CREATING A SAFETY CONCERN FOR LANDOWNERS. CORRECTIVE ACTION IS REQUIRED FOR THESE DEVICES TO BE ALLOWED USE WITHIN THE NMW REGION.
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.