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Welcome to a unique area of North America - the KI-Jo Mary Multiple Use Management Forest. The private landowners cooperating in this program request that you read the following information. These guidelines are for your safety and will also provide for continued high quality forest resource management and recreational use planning. All rules and regulations are in effect from early May to November.

LAND USE FEES - PER PERSON
FOR OPERATING YEAR MAY OPENING TO OCTOBER

  • Under 15 or over 70 years of age - Maine Residents - FREE, Non Residents - FREE
  • Per Day - Maine Residents - $6.00, Non Residents - $10.00
  • Day Use Season Registration - Maine Residents - $60.00, Non Residents - $75.00
  • Annual Camping (Over 70) - Maine Residents - $40.00, Non Residents - $40.00
  • Camping Per Night - Maine Residents - $9.00, Non Residents - $10.00
  • Camping Per Night(Over 70) - Maine Residents - $4.00, Non Residents - $4.00
PASSAGE AT ANY CHECKPOINT AFTER HOURS $20.00 /VEHICLE

Recreations traveling by vehicle will pass through one of the checkpoints. Please refer to our map for locations. The following list will identify them for you.

CHECKPOINT HOURS OF OPERATION
All checkpoints will operate from 6AM to 9PM daily, seven days a week throughout the entire season. Jo-Mary Checkpoint will also be open until 10 PM Friday and Saturdays.


REGULATIONS

The rules and regulations of the KI-Jo Mary Multiple Use Forest are few and simple. Your cooperation and good common sense will help us keep them that way.
  • Every visitor must log in and out at one of the checkpoints on each visit.
  • Drive slowly and carefully. Watch for trucks and pullover. TRUCKS HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY.
  • Be careful with fire. Build fires only in the authorized fire rings provided.
  • Camp only at the area reserved for you.
  • Whenever you stop, pull as far off the road as you can conveniently. Do not block side roads; even unused roads may be needed in case of fire or other emergency.
  • Do not leave trash at your campsite or along the roads and waters. Please carry your trash out.

TRAILERS AND MOBILE HOMES

No mobile homes are allowed for use by recreational visitors. Only single vehicles less than 28 feet in length or combined vehicle and trailer less than 44 feet in length will be allowed entrance. Large recreational trailers may be required to travel at certain low traffic hours through any KI-Jo Mary Multiple Use Forest Checkpoint if so requested by the checkpoint receptionist.

FOUR WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLES

Four wheel drive vehicles are permitted in the KI-Jo Mary Multiple Use Forests as long as they do not travel through the woods but stay on the roads and old rights of way.

BICYCLES, MOTORCYCLES, TRAIL BIKES, ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES AND HORSES

No bicycles, motorcycles, trail bikes, all-terrain vehicles or horses of any type are allowed at any time of the year in the KI-Jo Mary Multiple Use Forest area. This is necessary for logging road safety and to avoid fire hazards in hard to reach locations.

CAMPSITES

One should understand that the 200,000 acres known as the KI-Jo Mary Multiple Use Forest is not your everyday camping area. The sites are primitive and well spread out. In most cases a space for your tent, pick-up camper or recreational vehicle are all that you will find for facilities. But, you will be able to find solitude, good fishing, good hunting, fresh air, clean water, good times, and many other outdoor activities if this is what appeals to you. The KI-Jo Mary Multiple Use Forest is trying to encourage and preserve this type of experience. If primitive camping is not appealing to you, you may stay at the Jo Mary campground or at one of the sporting camps in the KI-Jo Mary Multiple Use Forest.

OUTSIDE CAMPFIRES ARE ONLY ALLOWED IN THE STEEL FIRE RINGS PROVIDED.

No party will be allowed to camp more than two weeks in one location. Permission may be granted if a site is not one usually in demand as judged by the Executive Director. No trailer, tent or other equipment is to be stored on any campsite. Items left unattended for more than three consecutive days may be removed at the expense of the owner.

FIREWOOD - CAMPFIRES

You are welcome to use dead and down wood for your fire at an authorized location. Extreme caution is always the rule. Remember a small fire is best for cooking and a DEAD fire is best when unattended. All outside fires must be within the steel fire rings provided at the authorized campsites. Building your own rock fireplaces is not permitted. By Maine law, it is illegal and punishable by a $50 fine to have an unauthorized cooking or warming fire, or for leaving any fire unattended.

FISH AND WILDLIFE INQUIRIES

All fish and wildlife inquiries for regulations or licenses can be directed to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 284 State Street, Augusta, Maine 04333. Regional offices are also located in Greenville and Bangor.

REFUNDS

Refunds will not be made except for reasons of emergency and only if the refund would be more than $5.00. Refunds cannot be made for Seasonal Registrations nor can they be made at the checkpoints. If your stay had to be cut short due to an emergency, please write to the main office with details of the situation and your copy of your camping permit. It will simplify matters if you would have a checkpoint attendant note on your camping permit the date you left and the reason and then sign it. There is a 30 day limitation on refund requests.

MAPS

The KI-Jo Mary Multiple Use Forest map was designed to provide information on the roads, checkpoints and major campsites in the area. It is not suitable for navigation off the main roads. More detailed maps of the are available from many sporting goods and hardware stores in Maine.

SUPPLIES AND GASOLINE

There are no gas stations in the KI-Jo Mary Multiple Use Forest. Remember gasoline must be carried in fire safe containers.

DRINKING WATER

Water supplies within the KI-Jo Mary Multiple Use Forest areas are not tested for safety. It is recommended that you bring in water from a known safe source. If that is not feasible, you should not drink water directly from any stream or pond without treating it to kill bacteria and other organisms such as the protozoan Giardia Iamblia. The best and safest way to treat the water would be to boil it for at least one minute. While other methods of treatment are available, they may not be totally effective against Giardia organisms and are not recommended.

WASTE REDUCTION AND CAMPERS

Forethought and a little preparation are key elements to a successful and enjoyable camping experience. This holds equally true for your trash as it does for your camping equipment and supplies.
Maine is facing a solid waste crisis that does not exclude the KI-Jo Mary Multiple Use Forest. The problems of waste disposal persist even as we are on vacation. As a result, visitors are urged to reduce the amount of waste brought into the area.
The following waste reduction tips can be used while camping and at home. Part of waste reduction is the assurance that we as individuals and families are working toward a cleaner and safer environment to live and camp in.

WASTE REDUCTION TIPS FOR CAMPERS

  • Avoid individually packaged items such as cheese 'singles', individually packaged hamburger patties, juice boxes, fruit and pudding packets…
  • Purchase powdered soft drinks so that cans, bottles, and foil lined boxes aren't used.
  • Purchase foods in bulk to eliminate redundant packaging.
  • Avoid disposable items such as razors, lighters, flashlight, 'glow rods', butane cylinders, sterno cans, pop in the bag popcorn…
  • Use long lasting and reusable items such as ceramic, metal, or rigid plastic mugs, bowls, and cutlery, liquid fuel stoves and lanterns…
  • If you need plastic to keep clothes and books dry, use durable plastic that can be used again and again.
  • Plastic film canisters are great for carrying salt, pepper, cinnamon, matches, lens paper…
  • Purchase bottles and cans that are redeemable and be sure to redeem them.
  • Wax paper can be used instead of plastic wrap to store food items. Unlike plastic, wax paper burns cleanly.
  • Cheesecloth soaked in paraffin can be used to protect foods such as cheese. (It also makes a good fire starter and burns cleanly).
  • Butane cylinders are dangerous wastes to handle because they are bulky and explosive. Use liquid fuel stoves and lanterns.

THIS IS A 'CARRY-IN, CARRY-OUT' FACILITY

TIPS ON KEEPING YOUR TRASH BAG CLEAN

North Maine Woods has a 'carry-in, carry-out' policy for waste. Certain steps on your part will help keep your trash bag clean and odor free.
  • Keep cans and jars clean.
  • Crush cans so they take up less space.
  • Food waste should be kept separate from other wastes to reduce orders.
A messy and smelly trash bag attracts animals. Keep yourself and your equipment safe by keeping animals away.

A NOTE ON BURNING WASTES

SOME MATERIALS BURN NICELY such as paper egg cartons, paper bags and most other paper or wood products.
SOME MATERIALS BURN INCOMPLETELY in a campfire. Temperatures in a campfire are not hot enough for complete combustion of plastics – especially styrofoam. Please pack these materials out with you when you leave.
SOME MATERIALS DON'T BURN AT ALL in a campfire. Glass, aluminum, tin, batteries and food stuffs just don't burn in a campfire. Employees are forced to clean out fire rings of these unburned residues before other patrons arrive. Definitely pack these material out when you leave.
This is what makes sense today. Most everyone is doing it. Please join in. By Maine law there is a maximum fine of $100 for littering.

TRUCKS HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY
DRIVE SLOWLY AND CAREFULLY
WATCH FOR TRUCKS AND PULL OVER

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