Canoeing at the Refuge


For a short trip, launch where Sunkhaze Stream crosses U.S. 2 and paddle up the gently flowing stream to Sunkhaze Meadows Bog. The round-trip will take 2-3 hrs. Please park at the pulloff near the interpretive sign and hand carry your canoe to the water. The nearby private driveway cannot be blocked by your vehicle at any time. [Note: The landowner no longer allows the public to park and launch here. The property is not owned by USFWS. It is for sale, but USFWS has not made an appealing offer to the landowner.]

For a longer trip, park in the Ash Landing parking lot, located near where Sunkhaze Stream crosses the Stud Mill Rd. There is a portage of 250 ft from the parking lot to the stream. The average paddle time to U.S. 2 is 5-6 hours. There may be several beaver dams to cross along the way.

Carlton Pond Waterfowl Production Area, located in the town of Troy, is also best explored via canoe. Turn east from U.S. 202 in Troy onto Maine Route 220. Go about 3 miles and turn right onto Bog Road. Bog Road crosses over Carlton Pond after about ½ mile; there’s a small parking area on the right at this point.

Please use caution when hauling canoes in or out of streams close to the road, and use designated parking lots whenever possible. Do not park along the Stud Mill Road. This private road is used by heavily-loaded logging trucks which have the right-of-way. If you are using the privately-owned canoe launch site where Sunkhaze Stream crosses U.S. 2, please park at the pulloff near the interpretive sign and hand carry your canoe to the water. The nearby driveway cannot be blocked by your vehicle at any time. Contact the refuge manager before your visit to get the latest information on access, special activities, regulations, and weather and stream conditions.


Friends of Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. PO Box 450.  Milford ME 04461. Email Friends of Sunkhaze Meadows

Sunkhaze Meadows NWR is managed by the staff of Maine Coastal Islands NWR.
PO Box 1735.  9 Water St. Rockland ME 04841. (207) 594-0600