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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PLOWED ROADS LIST:  

The following roads are expected to be plowed until harvest contracts are filled, but due to the uncertainty of wood markets this winter, it is difficult to project continued accuracy of this list.  If landowners are not moving wood to mills, some roads may not be plowed.  Please be advised that the plowing status could change without notice:

o Golden Road
o Golden Road to Telos to Chamberlain Bridge (KFM)
o Golden Road to NEC
o Chamberlain Bridge to Pinkham Road junction (KFM)
o Pinkham Road from 522 Road to Ashland (7I)
o Jack Mtn Road to Bartlett Pond Rd
o Bartlett Pond Rd to Reality Rd
o Chamberlain Bridge to Grand Chermain Road (KFM)
o Grand Chermain Road to Narrow Pond Road (7I)
o 490 Road by 5th St. John to Baker Lake Road
o Poulin Road from Thoroughfare Brook to Realty Road (Landvest)
o St. Juste Connector from St. Juste Road to Realty Road (7I)
o Cyr Road from Poulin Road to St. Juste Road
o From 522 Road over Johns Bridge to Thoroughfare Brook (7I)
o Indian Pond Road towards Lock Dam/Eagle Lake ??
o Craigville Road to Pinkham Road (Daaquam Lumber)
o Rocky Brook Road from Portage to the St. Francis connection and to the intersection with the Blanchette Road by Musquacook Stream. (Irving)
o Robinson Road from St. Pamphile to Estcourt/Irving Road (7I)
o Dickey Road but only until mid-January
o Realty Road from 6 Mile to Musquacook
o Musquacook corner past Clayton Lake towards St. John River (Landvest)
o St. Pamphile to St. John River Bridge (Blanchet)
o St. John River Bridge to Musquacook Stream & T12 R10
o Clayton Lake to St. Pamphile via 17 Mile and Boulevard Road. (Landvest)
o From Realty Road by 2nd Musquacook to Blanchette Road (Landvest)
o St. Francis Road from St. Francis to the Rocky Brook Road may be plowed but not a priority (Irving)
o The Inn Road from Allagash to Schedule Brook

o Depot Lake road from St. Pamphile to Daaquam Road - Huber/TNC
o Carter Road/Little Brailey Road - TNC
o Brailey Brook Road From Carter Siding Road to St. Aurelie Road
o Northern Road from Rockwood to Golden Road may be plowed, but not a priority
o South Branch Access Road from Jackman to Northern Road
o Pell& Pell Road to 522 Road, not plowed after Christmas

o Baker Lake Road miles 24-27. (Landvest)
o St. Francis Lake Road (Landvest)
o Blackstone Road (Irving)
o Beaver Brook Road (7I)
o St. Croix Road (Irving)

From our contacts we understand the following roads may not be plowed:
o Ragmuff Road by Caucomgomoc to St. Juste
o Chase Brook Road from Pinkham to Jack Mountain Road
o 522 Road north From Pell & Pell Road junction to Churchill Dam
o Crossover road between Pinkham Road and 522 Road
o From Blanchette/St. Pamphile Road north across Big Black River to junction of Robinson Road
o Island Pond Road to Pell & Pell only plowed until the first of year
o Hewes Brook Road from Rocky Brook Road to St. Francis. Hewes Road will be plowed to mile 17 only after January 1.
o McClusky Brook Road from Thoroughfare Brook to Churchill Dam. (Landvest)
o Estcourt Road mile 1-32
o Oxbow Road from Oxbow to Pinkham Road
o Duck Pond Road
o Grand Lake Road
o Camp Violette Road

Riding Snowmobiles in the NMW

Off-Trail riders should always follow these basic rules:
• Stay off all plowed roads. Riding on plowed roads 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. If you vehicle or trailer blocks a road or interferes with plowing, it may be towed at your expense.
• 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 or as a turnaround area for logging trucks..
• Snow covers everything and that includes newly planted seedlings, natural regenerating forest, 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 ask 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 Maine that specialize in off-trail excursions.
• 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.

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.   
ALL LOGGING TRUCKS AND OTHER COMMERCIAL VEHICLES
HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY.
PLEASE PULL OVER WHEN MEETING THESE VEHICLES.
o Travel with extreme caution on ice-covered roads.   4 wheel drive and or chains are recommended.
o Travel at posted speeds but no more than 45 miles per hour.
o Use a MURS radio to monitor and call out mile markers to on-coming truck traffic
o Keep to the right when approaching a corner or cresting a hill.
o When approaching active equipment near the roadside wait for acknowledgement from equipment operators before proceeding to pass.
Thank you!!!

Maine Moose & Winter Ticks
(Click on link below for information and current status of Maine's moose population)
https://www.maine.gov/ifw/fish-wildlife/wildlife/species-information/mammals/moose-winter-ticks.htm



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.