Maine state parks set 21-year attendance record

Posted Jan. 05, 2011, at 5:42 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands says more people visited Maine state parks and historic sites last year than in any year in the previous two decades.

Officials say the total attendance of 2.6 million was a jump of nearly 11 percent over the previous year and was the highest in 21 years. Maine Department of Conservation Commissioner Eliza Townsend said Wednesday that the figures show the value that Mainers place on 48 state parks and historic sites.

The sunny, warm summer also had a lot to do with it. The most popular park for day use in 2010 was Reid State Park in Georgetown, with 181,149 visitors, followed by Popham Beach State Park in Phippsburg. Sebago Lake State Park in Casco saw a 36 percent jump in day use.