202,539-acre Baxter State Park is sometimes called the last stronghold for native eastern brook trout, although the same could be said about the entire state of Maine. Baxter gets crowded in summer and campgrounds are often packed, so you should reserve a campsite well in advance. In spite of the large number of visitors, Baxter State Park is still truly wild. Roads, trails, and campgrounds cover only a small percentage of this vast area, and all of Maine’s wildlife species are found in profusion.
Moose, white-tailed deer, black bear, and eagles thrive in the remote splendor of the park. Since hunting is barred in most of the park, the animals are not particularly afraid of humans. Because of this, be sure to respect the animals’ right to peace and tranquillity and do not attempt to come in close contact with any wildlife. The speed limit on the park’s unpaved roads is 20 miles per hour. No gasoline or other amenities are available within the park. You should write to the park authorities and request maps of the area. Special fishing regulations include a ban on motorboats except on Matagamon or Webster lakes and a prohibition on the use of live fish as bait. Dead fish, worms, and salmon eggs are permitted. Key Species: brook trout.
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