Basic Information

Route 11 is known as the Katahdin Woods and Waters Scenic Byway and is the main route to drive into the park. To the north, follow Route 159 to Grand Lake Road to access the northern section of the park. To the south, access from Route 11 to Swift Brook Road to enter the southern portion of the park. Depending on weather conditions, the 14-mile scenic loop road may be closed. 

The Loop Road is currently closed for the season.

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is located in north central Maine approximately a 2-hour drive west of Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor and 1-hour drive north of Bangor, Maine, both of which are served by regional airports.

From approximately mid-May to mid-October, two visitor contact stations are operated in the gateway communities of Patten and Millinocket. See "Visitor Centers" below for hours of operation.

Please check road conditions and Loop Road status before you visit.

Park Hours

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is open year-round. There are currently no public facilities in the monument.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: Open 24 hours
  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours

Northern Maine experiences all four seasons. Summer temperatures range from 45-90F (7-30C). Fall temperatures range from 30-70F (-1-21C). Typically the first frost is in mid-October and first snowfall begins in November and can continue through April with an average accumulation of 73 inches (185 cm). Winter temperatures range from 14-35F (-10 - 2C). Spring temperatures range from 30-70F (-1-21C).

Entrance Fees:

No Fees - $0.00

There is currently no entrance fee for Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

Entrance Passes:

Fee free - $0.00

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is a fee free area.

Get Your Passport Stamp

Millinocket Welcome Center, Thursdays, 1:00 to 4:00 PM
200 Penobscot Avenue
Millinocket, ME

Patten Lumbermen’s Museum, from mid-May to mid-October
61 Shin Pond Road
Patten, ME

Shin Pond Village 
1489 Shin Pond Road
Mt. Chase, ME

Katahdin Chamber of Commerce
1029 Central Street
Miilinocket, ME

Visitor Centers

There are currently no visitor centers in the monument. Two welcome centers have been created in nearby communities for basic visitor orientation and informational needs:

Millinocket Welcome Center

200 Penobscot Ave, Millinocket, ME 04462
Currently open Thursdays from 1:00 to 4:00 PM

Memorial Day through Labor Day: Open 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, 7 days a week 
September 5 through October 9: Open 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, 7 days a week

Lumberman's Museum

61 Shin Pond Rd, Patten, ME 04765
Currently closed for the season

Memorial Day through Labor Day: Open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Tuesday through Sunday and holidays.
September 5 through October 9: Open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Tuesday through Sunday and holidays. 

Last updated: November 13, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 446
Patten, ME 04765



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