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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Northern Public Lands Office
45 Radar Road
Ashland, Maine 04732
Fax: (207) 435-7184
Western Public Lands Office
129 Main Street (PO Box 327)
Farmington, ME 04938
Fax: (207) 778-5932
Eastern Public Lands Office
106 Hogan Road, Suite 5
Bangor, ME 04401
Fax: (207) 941-4416