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Aroostook County Birding Trail

1. Aroostook State Park

Aroostook State Park was the first state park established in Maine in 1938. Today its expanded to 800 acres and offers a beach, two peaks, miles of nature trails, and idyllic camping. The park features a good variety of common songbirds. Echo Lake is productive for diving ducks and gulls.


From Route 1, approximately 3 miles before Presque Isle, turn onto Spragueville Road. This road may not be marked, but is near the Aroostook Union Garage building. There is also a road sign pointing toward the Transatlantic Balloon Flight site. In just a little over a mile, turn left onto State Park Road. From Presque Isle, follow Chapman Road to Niles Road and continue to a right turn onto State Park Road.

2. Lake Josephine and Christina Reservoir

Lake Josephine and Christina Reservoir are owned by McCain Foods, one of the chief potato processors in Maine. Both are extraordinary for an abundant and variety of waterfowl, including ducks that rarely breed in Maine such as Redheads, Northern Shovelers, and Ruddy Ducks. Look for shorebirds in migration. Birders have permission to view from the road around the pond. Avoid active farming and harvest operations. Christina Reservoir is bounded by a dike that provides multiple observation points. The brush along the water's edge and the trees behind the dike are excellent for warblers and sparrows.


From Presque Isle, take Route 10 at Academy Street east toward Easton. At 1.4 miles, bear left onto Conant Road. in about 4 miles, turn right onto Station Road, then left onto Richardson Road to get to the main gate for a pass. The access for Lake Josephine is also on Station Road, just before the wood yard. A perimeter road follows the dike around the south and east side and exits north through a farm field (Avoid when active.) Christina Reservoir is on Conant Road, 2 miles beyond the Station Road turnoff. Park at the entrance road and hike the levee on foot.

3. Collins Pond

Collins Pond in Caribou is particularly productive in late summer and autumn. The autumn abundance of Canada Geese encourages many other species of waterfowl and shorebirds, despite the popularity of the park's walking trail. Hooded Mergansers and Ruddy Ducks join the more common waterfowl, while Short-billed Dowitchers and Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs number among the shorebirds.


A couple miles before Caribou, traffic splits into two parallel routes along Route 1 and 164. Prefer Route 164 to Collins Pond, turning left onto Roberts Street just before the center of town and proceeding to the Lions Club Park.

Businesses & Organizations

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  • Cap’n Fish’s Cruises offers a variety of daily sightseeing and nature cruises, including whale watches, puffin cruises, music cruises, and private charters.

    Phone: 207-613-7339


    Address: 42 Commercial Street , Boothbay Harbor

    Boat Cruises Boat Cruises Bird Watching
  • Meet new friends in the woods and on the water!

    Phone: 207-444-9078


    Address: 316 Old Main Street PO Box 202 , Eagle Lake

    Bird Watching Wildlife Photography Moose Watching
  • Native plant landscapes, children's garden, invasive plant control, coastal trails

    Phone: (207) 767-3707


    Address: Fort Williams Park 1000 Shore Road PO Box 6260 , Cape Elizabeth

    Gardens and Landscapes Themed Trails Public Reserved Lands
  • Support group for Maine Coastal Islands NWR. Visitor center in Rockland. Free programs.

    Phone: 207-594-0600 X5


    Address: 9 Water St PO Box 1231 , Rockland

    Bird Watching Wildlife Photography Wildlife Refuges and Preserves
  • Enjoy the Hardy III with your friends and family for a nature cruise or a special celebration! We offer ferry services to Monhegan Island, Puffin Watches with National Audubon narrators, and Maine Coastal and Seal Watches.

    Phone: 207-677-2026


    Address: 129 State Route 32 , New Harbor

    Boat Cruises Boat Cruises Islands
  • Guided photo tours in the Katahdin area of Northern Maine near Baxter State Park.

    Wildlife Photography

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