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Moosehorn (Baring Unit) Wilderness

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Tall, lush green trees surround a rippled lake.
Library image #3990: Bearce Lake.


The United States Congress designated the Moosehorn (Baring Unit) Wilderness (map) in 1975 and it now has a total of 4,680 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Maine and is managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service.


Every year thousands of migratory birds hitch a ride on the Eastern (Atlantic) Flyway, which spans the skies from Maine to Florida. At the northernmost end of the route, many disembark at 23,000-acre Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge. Although trees in this region have been significantly logged in the past, today a diverse forest stands here, a woodland of aspen, maple, birch, spruce, and fir with scattered stands of white pine. Once scoured heavily by glaciers, the land of the refuge is primarily low, rolling hills dotted with many lakes, bogs, marshes, streams, and rocky outcroppings.

The Moosehorn (Baring Unit) Wilderness is west of its smaller neighbor, the Moosehorn Wilderness, It contains Bearce Lake but is missing the rocky coastline.

Planning to Visit the Moosehorn (Baring Unit) Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Moosehorn (Baring Unit) Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.

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