North Maine Woods Ashland Maine
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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Attention Hunters/Campers staying at NMW Campsites:
Please be sure that all campfires are extinguished before you depart or leave for the day.  Campfires should be doused with water and completely extinguished before they are left unattended.  Rangers with the Maine Forest Service are checking campsites, and it is against the law to leave a campfire that is not completely out while unattended.  Please use common sense and be safe with fire.

With Hunting Season here we ask that Sportsmen and Women help us by:
• Being Safe and Cooperative at checkpoints. While employees are wearing masks, and we have created barriers between them and our customers, we need people to help by wearing masks too. NMW hosts hunters from all over the country, even from states with high COVID rates, so we want to make sure our employees are safe. Please cooperate.
• Being Patient at Checkpoints. Many moose hunters are first time visitors to NMW, so it takes more time for our staff to register them than it does our regular customers.
• Driving safely. Increased hunter traffic on roads will impact workers and logging truck drivers. Please pull over whenever you meet them and do not leave vehicles in the middle of the road when chasing partridge or moose!
• Being responsible when dressing out game. Please do not clean birds or moose at our campsites or leave moose paunches in the roadway.
• Respecting other Users. Trapping is perfectly acceptable in the NMW. Tampering with someone else’s trap or with an animal in a trap is a felony offense.
• Respecting wood workers. Entering a job site that is posted with “Safety Zone, No Access” signs may result in being banned from properties managed by NMW.

And if you encounter a forester, or other landowner representative in your travels, take a minute and thank them for supporting traditional access to lands they manage. Foresters and other representatives wish that everyone enjoy their visits to this region this fall.  With your understanding, patience and cooperation, everyone can enjoy working and recreating in the North Maine Woods this fall. 


Please note that the St. Pamphile tagging station located on the Canadian border in T15R15 WELS is not open for the 2020 hunting season. Hunters will need to use an alternative tagging station to tag big game.


-NOTICE:  Access to the Churchill Dam Road from the Realty Road is no longer possible via the Harrow Lake Road.  The Harrow Lake Road has been closed about halfway, so there is no thru-access possible.  People looking to access Harrow Lake will need to access it from the South or Churchill Dam Rd.   

Driving Safely on Privately Owned Forest Roads:

All roads within the North Maine Woods are privately built and owned primarily for the purpose of managing and moving forest products.
The private landowners are willing to share their roads with members of the general public in order to visit the region’s many lakes and ponds and other natural resources for the purposes of hiking, hunting, fishing and berry picking to name a few.
o Travel at posted speeds but no more than 45 miles per hour.
o Keep to the right when approaching a corner or cresting a hill.
o When dusty conditions exist, please wait for the dust to clear before proceeding. When approaching active equipment near the roadside wait for acknowledgement from equipment operators before proceeding to pass.
Thank you!!!

Attention AWW Canoeists:
The canoe release for Chase’s Carry Rapids is from 9 am to 11 am due to the low lake level at Churchill Depot. Please plan accordingly.  

Helpful Advise for Moose Lottery Winners:

Visit the IF&W Moose Hunting Page:

Getting your moose out of the woods doesn’t have to be complicated
Since the moose hunt was reestablished in Maine in 1980, moose hunters have been inclined to bring their moose out of the Maine woods in one piece. This is an article that encourages off road moose hunting and gutless moose quartering. Over the years, moose have become more difficult to see along road sides and hunting on foot can be more rewarding and less expensive, due to requiring fewer miles and gallons of gasoline.
The attached photo shows the end of a successful, simplified moose hunt.
What you do not see is a trailer, an ATV, reels of rope, winches, block and tackle, chainsaws, a freezer and portable generator. From watching past hunting parties it is obvious that many carry more equipment and gear into the woods to extract a moose that weighs less than that equipment.
A simple method that is becoming more common is processing the moose in the woods and leaving much of it behind rather than transporting it home in one piece. Although there is the rewarding experience of transporting the entire moose long distance and showing it off in the neighborhood, there is also the chance that the meat may become tainted during this exercise, especially if the weather is warm.
In order to obtain details of how to simplify removing the meat in the woods, I have asked several experienced hunters for their advice. This is what they recommend.
First, once the moose is down, take lots of photos of your hunt to enjoy later. Once this is over, remove the hide and use it as a blanket to protect the carcass from getting dirty. Once the hide is off, start by removing the hind and front quarters and pack them in muslin bags for transport to your vehicle. After this is complete, continue to remove meat from the bones and pack and label each bag with the name of the contents which will make the butchering process much easier later.
Here is a list of tools and equipment recommended for this process:
• Camera
• Moose call- birch bark call or electronic call and antler raking sound maker.
• Firearm- be sure to carry enough ammo to do the job as you will not be able to reload if your ammo is in your vehicle. And lots of pre-hunt practice so you make a clean kill.
• Folding saw, skinning and boning knives and sharper
• Muslin big game cloth bags (6) to protect the meat from dirt and insects. One for each quarter and 1 for tenderloin and 1 for other meat. And labels and marker to identify bag contents.
• Plastic bags for the parts required to verify gender. And for used paper towels and other waste materials.
• Back pack or pack frame to pack out moose meat and antlers.
• Jet sled or other plastic sled similar to those used for ice fishing to tote out heavier bags if the size of the moose warrants.
• Cord or rope
• Paper towels
Except for the back pack and tote sled- all of the rest of the items will fit into a fanny pack while hunting. Once your moose is down, and if you have partners, then some can start taking the moose apart while others start taking meat back to your vehicle and to get the back pack and sled if the moose is big enough to warrant using it.
Another important step is having a plan in place on where you are taking your moose once you leave the woods. Many meat processing facilities may be fully booked during moose hunting weeks so you don’t want to waste time during a warm day finding someone to process it for you.

And for hunters traveling to zones 1, 2, 4 and 5, please feel welcome to contact us for information on where to stay and any other information regarding these zones within the North Maine Woods management area.
Dressed Moose

Moose & Winter Ticks
(Click on link below for information and current status of Maine's moose population)

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.                     

Below are some campfire safety tips to ensure a safe camping experience for both you and the forests of North Maine Woods:
• Only build campfires within the steel fire rings provided at each authorized campsite.
• Keep the fire small, not tall. That way, if you have to leave suddenly, it is easy to extinguish.
• Do not use accelerants to start your fire.
• Always have plenty of water on hand and tools available to put out the fire.
• When you are done, check the fire several times to ensure it is out.
• Supervise children and pets near the fire and NEVER LEAVE YOUR CAMPFIRE UNATTENDED!...
Happy Camping!

The use of fireworks is not permitted within the NMW region.  Anyone caught using fireworks may be subject to a fine and/or banned from access in the future. 

Link to Information and Historical Perspective of the Allagash Tramway (by Amanda Barker)

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.