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Oxbow Automated Checkpoint

Hours of Operation: Open 6am to 9pm daily. (5am to 9pm in October and November.)
Location: (Oxbow PLT) From Route 11, turn onto the Oxbow Rd and travel approximately 9 miles. Once you leave the paved road and bare left, travel approximately 1.5 miles to the Oxbow Automated Checkpoint on the right.

Visitor Notice:  
In 2014 Oxbow Checkpoint was converted to an automated checkpoint.  There are no employees stationed here.  It is operated during day time hours by staff at 6-Mile Checkpoint and at night by staff located at our maine office in Ashland.

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Six Mile Checkpoint

Hours of Operation: Open 5:00am-9:00pm daily.
Location: Six Mile Checkpoint is located 6 miles west of Ashland on the Realty Road.


St. Francis Checkpoint

Hours of Operation: Open 5am to 9pm daily.
Location: (St Francis Twp) From Route 161, turn onto the St Francis Rd. The St Francis Checkpoint will be about a half mile up on the right.

St. Aurelie Checkpoint

Hours of Operation: 8am-5pm Mon-Thu, 8am-4pm on Friday.
Location:Big Six Township

Passage at border checkpoints requires proper Customs clearance.


St Aurelie Checkpoint 1-418-593-3426

US Customs 1-418-593-3582

Canadian Customs 1-418-593-3971

Due to changes related to Homeland Security along the Maine-Quebec border, the schedule of operations for the border checkpoints is subject to change at any time. For current information, please call the numbers listed above or the NMW office at 207-435-6213.

US Customs offices are closed during the following holidays: New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, and Thanksgiving.

By Federal Law PL 99-570, there is a $5000 fine for a first time offense of entering Maine without proper US Customs permission, plus an additional $1000 fine per person involved. This includes entrance by foot or on water.



Caribou Checkpoint

Hours of Operation: Open 6:00am-9:00pm daily.
Location: (T3R13 Wels) Caribou Checkpoint is located on the Golden Road West of Caribou Lake.

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