AUGUSTA, Maine — When the good weather hits, folks in Maine know right where to go — one of the state’s 47 parks and historic sites.
As of Thursday afternoon, all 12 of the state park campgrounds were full, except for a few sites left at Aroostook State Park in Presque Isle and Cobscook Bay State Park in Edmunds Township, according to Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands officials.
“Campers have been calling and booking all this week,” Charlene Daniels, BPL reservations supervisor, said in a press release. “We will end the season with high public use and many happy campers in the parks!”
Lily Bay State Park in Greenville also has been filled for the weekend of Sept. 11-13, the 36th Annual International Seaplane Fly-in event, Daniels reported.
For the weekend of Aug. 14-16, a total of 10 state park campgrounds also were completely full, except for Aroostook and Cobscook, the reservations supervisor said. August park use figures are expected to be available next week, she said.
Last year, more than 2.2 million people visited Maine’s state parks and historic sites, adding about $100 million to the state’s economy. Earlier this season, overall park attendance was down about 11 percent, but appears to be rebounding with the return to excellent weather.
Numerous people also have been calling about camping in the state’s public reserve lands, according to park staff. Camping in these areas is remote, wilderness-style with no amenities and strict carry-in, carry-out rules and no-campfire regulations. There are no fees for using them.
The reservation season ends Sunday, Sept. 13, and off-season camping starts Sept. 14, which means they are filled first come, first served at the campgrounds. Off-season rates also apply, starting at $10 for Maine residents per night and $18 for nonresidents.
For information, including downloadable maps, campsite descriptions and guidelines, go to www.parksandlands.com.