Maine state parks, historic sites begin to open for season

Posted April 28, 2011, at 4:20 p.m.
Last modified April 29, 2011, at 2:54 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine state parks and historic sites are starting to open for the season.

According to a press release from the Maine Department of Conservation, Sebago Lake State Park in Casco opened Friday, April 29.

All the sites at Witch Cove will be open, about 125 sites, and the shower buildings were open, according to Park Manager Andy Haskell.

For the next few weeks, campers will be able to choose a site and self-register, Haskell said. Formal campground reservations for Sebago don’t start until Monday, May 23. He said off-season rates will be in effect through May 22. They are Maine residents, $10 a night with no hook-ups; $15 a night with water and electricity; and nonresidents, $18 a night with no hook-ups; $25 a night with water and electricity.

Lake St. George State Park in Liberty also has opened for camping, according to Park Manager Leland Griffin. At least three parties are coming this weekend, he said.

 

About 20 campsites are open so far; the remaining campsites haven’t yet dried out, Griffin said. Rates are the same for Maine residents and nonresidents as those at Sebago, though Lake St. George doesn’t have hook-ups, he said.

 

Ice on the lake went out on April 19, and anglers are “doing quite well,” the park manager reported. While he hadn’t heard of any trout being caught yet, “they’re getting some nice salmon,” he said.

 

Park Manager Bob Crocker at Ferry Beach State Park in Saco said the park is now open, though construction is taking place on Bayview Road, which runs in front of the park’s access road.

 

Bayview Road, which is undergoing reconstruction, is reduced to a one-lane, gravel road with flaggers stationed on it, and “traffic is slowing down,” Crocker said. Nonetheless, the gates of the park are open.

 

The construction crew has been working some Saturdays and may be working Saturday, April 30, he said.

 

And boaters will want to know that the floats are back in the water as of Friday, April 29, at Warren Island State Park, located off Lincolnville and Islesboro in the Penobscot Bay. The park is one of two island facilities managed by BPL.

 

Floats also will be installed at Holbrook Island Sanctuary, located in Brooksville, as of May 3.

For information on Maine state parks and historic sites, go to http://www.parksandlands.com

 

 

 

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