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Maine
South Coast Region
Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
RACHEL CARSON NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
RACHEL CARSON NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
321 Port Road
Wells, Maine   04090

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Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
'Nature walk view'

Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge Picture taken along the scenic nature walk.

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
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Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1966 in cooperation with the State of Maine to protect valuable salt marshes and estuaries for migratory birds. Scattered along 50 miles of coastline in York and Cumberland counties, the refuge consists of ten divisions between Kittery and Cape Elizabeth. It will contain approximately 7,600 acres when land acquisition is complete.

Our namesake, Rachel Carson, was a world-renowned marine biologist, author and environmentalist. She served as an aquatic biologist and Editor-in-Chief for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. During her tenure, she composed a series of articles on Atlantic Coast wildlife refuges.

Ms. Carson was born in Pennsylvania in 1907. Though the mystery of the sea and its creatures captivated her at an early age, the Maine coast particularly inspired her. Beginning in 1952, she summered on Southport Island, where she studied its beach and tide pools to research The Edge of the Sea (1955).

Through tireless investigation for her greatest work, Silent Spring (1962), she linked the unrestrained use of post-World War II chemical pesticides with fearsome, biological consequences. Overcoming industry and government pressure to abandon her research, she persevered. Carson simply and convincingly explained the connections between humans and all creatures of the Earth. She alerted generations to use chemicals with utmost caution, warning that their improper use has dreadful effects on public health and the environment.

Rachel Carson died in 1964, a victim of cancer. As fitting recognition of her tireless work, this refuge, first known as the Coastal Maine National Wildlife Refuge, was renamed in her honor on October 28, 1969 and formally dedicated June 27, 1970.
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Atlantic Birches Inn - Old Orchard Beach, MEBBs / Inns
An elegant yet casual Romantic, Historic, Victorian Bed and Breakfast. The Inn is perfect for Small Weddings, Honeymoons, Vow Renewals, Engagement Surprises, Anniversaries, Elopements, Family Reunions, Vacations, Ladies Weekends, Family Holiday Gatherings, and Weekend Getaways at the Beach.
14.3 miles from park*


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Hid'n Pines Family Campground
8 Cascade Road
Old Orchard Beach, ME
207-934-2352


Meadowledge RV Resort
198 Saco Avenue
Old Orchard Beach, ME
207-646-5008


Near Beach Family Campground
38 Saco Avenue
Old Orchard Beach, ME
207-934-7614


Old Orchard Beach Campground
27 Ocean Park Road
Old Orchard Beach, ME
207-934-4477


Paradise Park Resort
50 Adelaide Road
Old Orchard Beach, ME
207-934-4633


Powder Horn Family Camping Resort
48 Cascader Road
Old Orchard Beach, ME
207-934-4733


Scott's Cove Camping Area
PO Box 761
Alfred, ME
207-324-6594


Homestead By The River Family Campground
610 New County Road
Biddeford, ME
207-282-6445


Shamrock RV Park Inc
391 West Street
Biddeford, ME
207-284-4282


Cape Neddick Oceanside Campground
Shore Road
Cape Neddick, ME
207-363-4366


Dixons Coastal Maine Campground
1740 Route 1
Cape Neddick, ME
207-363-3626


Red Apple Campground
111 Sinnott Road
Kennebunkport, ME
207-967-4927


Salty Acres Campground
272 Mills Road
Kennebunkport, ME
207-967-2483


Bunganut Lake Camping Area
116 Anderson Road
Lyman, ME
207-247-3875


Moody Beach Resort
266 Post Road
Moody, ME
207-646-4586


Virginia Park Campground
4 Williams Street
Old Orchard Beach, ME
207-934-4791


Wagon Wheel RV Resort & Campground
3 Old Orchard Road
Old Orchard Beach, ME
207-934-2160


Wild Acres Family Camping Resort
179 Saco Avenue
Old Orchard Beach, ME
207-934-2535


Saco/Old Orchard Beach KOA
814 Portland Road
Saco, ME


Silver Springs Campground & Lodging
705 Portland Road US Route 1
Saco, ME
207-283-3880


Apache Campground
165 Bernier Road
Sanford, ME
207-324-5652


Sand Pond Campground
149 Sand Pond Road
Sanford, ME
207-324-1752


Yellowstone Park-ME
2245 Main Street
Sanford, ME
207-324-7782


Beach Acres Campground
563 Post Road
Wells, ME
207-646-5612


Gregoire's Campground
697 Sanford Road
Wells, ME
207-646-3711


Pinederosa Campground
128 North Village Road
Wells, ME
207-646-2492


Riverside Park Campground
2295 Post Road US Route 1
Wells, ME
207-646-3145


Sea-Vu Campground
1733 Post Road
Wells, ME
207-646-7732


Stadig Mobile Park & Campground
146 Bypass Road
Wells, ME
207-646-2298


Wells Beach Resort
1000 Post Road US Route 1
Wells, ME
800-640-2267


Libby's Oceanside Camp
725 York Street
York, ME
207-363-4171


Flagg's Trailer Park Inc
68 Garrison Avenue
York Beach, ME
207-363-5050


Wayside Trailer Park
PO Box 83
York Beach, ME
207-363-3846


York Beach Camper Park
11 Cappy's Lane
York Beach, ME
207-363-1343


Area Fishing Related Businesses
Eldredge Bros Fly Shop
1480 Us Route 1
Cape Neddick, ME
(207) 363-9269


Breton's Bike Shop
879 Post Rd
Wells, ME
(207) 646-4255


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Directions
FROM MAINE TURNPIKE EXIT #2 (WELLS EXIT): At Exit #2, travel east on Route #109/#9 to Wells. Turn left (north) onto Route #1. Proceed approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) and turn right (east) onto Route #9. Travel 0.7 miles (1.1 km); the Refuge will be on your right. Look for the large wooden sign at our entrance.

FROM ROUTE #1 NORTH: From points north of Wells on Route #1: Proceed south on Route #1 through Kennebunk. Approximately 3.0 miles (4.8 km) south of Kennebunk, turn left (east) onto Route #9. Proceed as above.

FROM ROUTE #1 SOUTH: From points south of Wells on Route #1: Proceed north on Route #1 through Wells. Turn right (east) onto Route #9 (approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of Wells Center). Proceed as above.

FROM KENNEBUNKPORT: Travel west on Route #9. Approximately 5 miles (8.1 km) from Kennebunkport Center, look for the large wooden sign at our entrance on the left.

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