Remember you are on a private lands and private roads where trucks have the right of way. If you see a logging truck approaching, pull over as you would for an emergency vehicle.
Drive with your headlights on for increased visibility on dusty roads.
Bring a map with you. Not all GPS units have correct or current information.
Don’t rely on having cell service–it can be unreliable in Maine’s North Woods.
Don’t let your gas tank get too empty because it can be a long ways between gas stations.
Give loggers and heavy equipment operators a wide berth, but if you must pass, let them know you are in the vicinity and wait for their signal before approaching.
Carry out your trash, camp at designated camp sites, use established fire rings, and find out if you need a fire permit.
Prevent the spread of invasive species! Don’t bring firewood from out of state (it’s illegal), and never put non-native fish species (including bait fish) into ponds or lakes.
Please read and obey all hunting and fishing regulations–they are in place to ensure healthy wildlife populations. Consider hiring a Registered Maine Guide to greatly enhance your experience.
Don’t drive on muddy logging roads–you can damage the road and cause the landowner great expense, and might not be able to get help quickly if you get into trouble.
Support local businesses whenever possible for groceries, lodging, equipment and supplies, guide services, and more. Tourism is an important part of the local economy in the Maine Woods, and locals’ knowledge of the area is your best source of up-to-date information on what to see and where to visit.
Enjoy your visit!