Nature Photography at the Refuge

Where the Wild Things Are

Getting Around the Refuge

You may explore the refuge by canoe, foot, on cross-country skis or snowshoes, or by snowmobile on trails maintained by local snowmobile clubs. The refuge is open to visitors year-round during daylight hours.

Many of the trails on the refuge begin as gated roads accessible from the County or Stud Mill Roads. These gates restrict vehicular access only and should not deter your use and enjoyment of the refuge.


Mayflowers can be seen on the Buzzy Brook Trail system. Trillium and Lady’s Slippers can be seen on the Carter Meadow Trail. Canada Lily and other marsh/bog flowers can be seen on Sunkhaze Stream.


More than 200 bird species have been identified on the refuge. The best times for birds are during the late-spring migration and the nesting season (June thru early July).

Canoeing takes you through the greatest variety of habitats on the refuge, providing the chance to see many bird species. Good spots for warblers include Ash Landing, Sunkhaze Stream crossing on the Studmill Rd, and Johnson Brook parking lot.

The Buzzy Brook Trail system is good for seeing Ruffed and Spruce grouse. Barred Owls can be seen on the Johnson Brook Trail and along the County Road.


The best chance for seeing a moose is by canoeing Sunkhaze Stream. Moose and bear have been seen on McLaughlin Road.

Other Wildlife

The multitude of wetlands and streams throughout the refuge hosts a variety of wildlife including amphibians, turtles, aquatic insects, damselflies and dragonflies, wading birds, waterfowl, kingfishers, Bald Eagles, beaver, muskrat, and otter.

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