Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick

Around the Refuge

COVID-19 Alert

Corona Virus Alert

The Carson Trail and adjacent parking lot is temporarily closed. While other trails and fishing areas remain open, we urge visitors to follow CDC guidelines. Please go to our Alerts page for the latest information.


50th Anniversary of Refuge Renaming

Hickel Dedicates Plaque June 1970

On December 16, 1966, Congress established the Coastal Maine National Wildlife Refuge under the authority of the Migratory Bird Conservation Act. In a formal dedication ceremony on June 27, 1970, the refuge was renamed in honor of scientist, author, and former US Fish and Wildlife service employee Rachel Carson, who spent much of her life along the Maine Coast.

Maine Entry Places 5th in National Competition

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Maine Best of Show winner, Saffron Labos, advanced to the national JDS competition in April, placing 5th among entries from across the nation. Congratulations Saffron!

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Fishing Plan

Fishing Plan Comment Period Extended

Rachel Carson NWR is seeking public review and comment on its proposed recreational fishing plan update until June 8, 2020. The public is invited to review the draft documents for our fishing program, including the Draft Fishing Plan, Compatibility Determination, and Environmental Assessment.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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