Hunting and Fishing
Hunting is a popular use of the SFMA. Public access to the SFMA is via the Telos Road and private logging roads managed under the North Maine Woods system. Access is also available on the one mile segment of the Park Tote Road between Trout Brook Crossing and Wadleigh Brook. Hunters in the SFMA often utilize the management road system to walk to favorite areas and use small wheeled carts or sleds (with snow cover) to transport deer back to the vehicle. The southern portions of the SFMA in Township 6, Range 9 between Trout Brook Crossing and Wadleigh Brook can be accessed through Matagamon Gate. Park Gatehouses are operated through the hunting season to the end of November. For questions regarding hunting in the Park, contact Park Headquarters.
The Park has maintained administrative access to the SFMA road system from the Park Tote Road since 2005. In 2011, the Baxter State Park Authority initiated a trial change in access to the SFMA to provide reasonable SFMA access to hunters entering the Park through Matagamon Gate. Read more about this change in access on the general Park hunting page.
Webster Lake (338 acres BSP/188 acres DOC) and Stream provide popular destinations for anglers and are open to fishing based on the current IF&W regulations. These regulations were developed in cooperation between IF&W fisheries biologists and Park staff based on fish surveys and estimates of use levels with the objective of maintaining healthy native populations, species diversity, and a quality fishing experience for the user. Webster Lake holds healthy populations of brook trout and togue as well as cusk and other species. Walk-in anglers and trail system hikers generally utilize Webster Lake and about the first 1/2 mile of Webster Stream during May, June and September.