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Description - Duck Land Public Reserved Land is accessible over rough private roads in the Down East Region of Maine. This remote location offers some of Maine's best fishing opportunities. In addition, visitors enjoy swimming, camping and snowmobiling.

Attractions - Duck Lake is a 25,000-acre unit located in southeastern Maine in the Down East / Acadia Region. The area is extremely remote accessible on unmarked rough roads. The parcel lies immediately east of the large Nicatous Lake. Duck Lake, the Unknown Lakes and Gassabias Lake are located within the reserve's boundary. The area also encompasses Duck Mountain, rising 1,169 feet above sea level. There are no designated trails in the reserve land, however, several roads with short spurs travel around Duck Lake and extend to the perimeters.

Recreation - Maintained forest campsites are available along the western shore of Duck Lake. There is also a camping spot on the eastern tongue adjacent to a cartop boat launch. Several other campsites are located in the property's northeast corner at Lower and Middle Unknown Lakes. Canoeists may launch from these points as well. Fishing is one of the main recreations enjoyed in this desolate area along with wildlife viewing and nature photography. Swimming is unrestricted. In winter, snowmobiling in enjoyed throughout the area. Hunting and trapping are allowed, subject to certain rules. Call 207-287-3821 for specific policies and laws regarding these activities.

Climate - Visitors to the Down East / Acadia Region may expect to find daytime winter temperatures averaging above 18 degrees Fahrenheit (above -8 Celsius). Summer brings southwesterly winds and temperatures averaging above 68 degrees Fahrenheit (above 20 Celsius). The region receives an average of more than 44 inches (112 centimeters) of precipitation each year.

Location - Access is gained over rough private roads: from the west, off an extension of Route 188 out of Burlington; from the south, off the Stud Mill Road in T34 or T35 MD.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round.

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Report: if you happen to be traveling Rt.9 east & up through to get to duck lake & the unknowns you will encounter a bridge that has been changed to allow atvs & walking only. You can not drive up into the unknowns this way! I am unsure of the eastside & upper roads, as i did not travel up around to find out(due to lack of time & i was unsure of the way, I did not have a map, i've always gone the other way.

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Contact Information:
Eastern Region Headquarters, P.O. Box 415, Airport Road , Old Town, ME, 04468, Phone: 207-827-5936, Fax: 207-827-8441

Additional Information:
Down East / Acadia Region - The vast Down East Region offers sweeping views of Canada and the North Atlantic.
Maine Lakes and Ponds - Maine's wilderness environment includes over 3,000 sprawling lakes and ponds. In addition, there are over 32,000 miles of rushing streams and rivers. Visitors and residents enjoy some of the best fishing, whitewater boating and paddleboating opportunities on the East Coast.
Maine State Parks & Public Reserved Lands - Maine's State Parks and Public Reserved Lands are managed for recreation, wildlife and timber. State Historic Sites preserve the rich heritage of the American Revolution and Civil War.

Maine State Parks - Official Agency Website


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