Public Reserved Lands

Photos top to bottom: Attean Pond, Tunk Lake and Big Spencer Mt. / Staff photos

Seboeis Logging Operation / Staff photo

Some of Maine's most outstanding natural features and secluded locations are found on Maine's Public Lands. The more than half million acres are managed for a variety of resource values including recreation, wildlife, and timber.

Recreational Opportunities Include:

  • Camping
  • Hiking, Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing
  • Hunting & Fishing
  • Boating & Paddling
  • Nature Appreciation & Exploration
  • ATVing & Snowmobiling
  • Search for additional activities at our Find Parks & Lands search page.

Be Prepared:

  • For a rugged, backcountry experience in a remote setting on Public Lands ranging from 500 to 43,000-plus acres.
  • Plan your trip by visiting our search page and view the Your Maine Lands brochure (PDF 3MB). Our Mini Guide (PDF112) includes public lands too.
  • Know your limits and abilities and those of your group.
  • Backcountry first aid and self-rescue skills are recommended;
    Public Lands are not staffed like Maine State Parks.
  • Cell phone service is not reliable on many of the Public Lands.
  • Yield the right-of-way to logging trucks at all times.
  • Review the rules of the public land you are visiting on our search page.
  • Unpaved private roads provide access to many of these primitive recreation areas. Access is a privilege not a right; please respect the landowner's property.

Fees:

  • Generally not charged;
    • In a few instances such as inside the North Maine Woods, Public Lands are managed in cooperation with neighboring landowners and fees are collected.

Management:

  • Maine's Public Lands are managed to provide a variety of public benefits while stewarding lands and waters for future generations. These include:
    • Vital wildlife habitats
    • Unique plant communities
    • Geologic features
    • Historical and cultural sites
  • Multiple-uses are managed under a "dominant use" system which ensures that sensitive resources such as rare plants and backcountry recreation areas are not disturbed by more intensive management activities.

Sustainable Forest Management:

  • Scientifically-based timber harvests support land management activities and are planned in coordination with recreation, wildlife, forest health, and scenic considerations.
  • Revenues from certified sustainable forestry timber sales help to pay for trails, campsites, roads and other infrastructure, and wildlife management projects.
  • Harvesting is conducted by private contractors under the supervision of Public Lands Foresters.
  • Our timber management is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®) and the Sustainable Forest Initiative® (SFI ®)

Our Contact Information:

Call the Bureau of Parks and Lands main office, (207) 287-4960, to be directed to the appropriate Region Office.

Lands Regions Map & Contact Information (PDF 431KB)

Region Offices:

Northern Public Lands Office
45 Radar Road
Ashland, Maine 04732
(207) 435-7963
Fax: (207) 435-7184

Western Public Lands Office
129 Main Street (PO Box 327)
Farmington, ME 04938
(207) 778-8231
Fax: (207) 778-5932

Eastern Public Lands Office
106 Hogan Road, Suite 5
Bangor, ME 04401
(207) 941-4412
Fax: (207) 941-4416