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Moosehead Lake in autumn

Moosehead Lake in autumn

The Bigelow Range

The Bigelow Range

Autumn leaves besides a trail in the Bigelow Range

Autumn leaves besides a trail in the Bigelow Range

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Public Reserved Lands

Imagine more than half a million acres of protected wildland for your next backcountry adventure. That’s exactly what Maine’s public reserved lands offer. The natural features of these multi-use areas are perfect for the experienced outdoor enthusiast who loves the challenges of the wild outdoors. They provide exceptional hiking, camping, fishing, cross-country skiing, and wildlife watching in untamed wilderness settings ranging in size from 500 acres to more than 43,000 acres.

If you’re looking for a multi-day backcountry experience, camping is allowed at most of the 29 areas. Be prepared, though. This is rugged wilderness camping and, unlike state parks, the areas are not staffed.

Accessible Reserved Lands are all over the state. Experienced wilderness campers and hikers might like exploring all seven summits of the Bigelow Range, all of which are within the Bigelow Preserve Public Reserved Land. On the coast, hikers will find remote tent sites and walks along the rugged shore at the stunning Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land. Maine’s largest lake, Moosehead, offers camping, fishing and boating at the sprawling Moosehead Lake Public Reserved Land. Canoeists wanting to take a popular western-Maine canoe trip can venture out to Holeb Public Reserved Land. And to enjoy the boating, camping and fishing of far-northern Maine, stop in at Eagle Lake Public Reserved Land in Aroostook County.

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