Most state parks reopened after ‘minimal’ damage from Irene

By Kevin Miller, BDN Staff
Posted Aug. 29, 2011, at 12:14 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Most of Maine’s state parks and public recreation areas were open for business Monday morning or were scheduled to reopen in the afternoon after escaping Sunday’s storm with largely minor damage.

A handful of parks remained closed due to storm damage, however.

Sebago Lake State Park’s campground and day-use area were expected to be closed until Wednesday at the earliest due to tree damage. Likewise, the Mackworth Island recreation area near Falmouth also was closed due to tree damage, according to Jeanne Curran, spokeswoman for the Maine Department of Conservation.

Warren Island State Park, located in Penobscot Bay off the coast of Lincolnville, was open Monday, however, the island will not be staffed and Maine Department of Conservation officials were strongly discouraging visitors due to choppy waters in the bay.

Several parks were scheduled to open on Monday or were operating without power.

Mount Blue State Park in Weld was open but was without electricity or water, Curran said. Moose Point State Park in Searsport was scheduled to open at noon. The observatory atop Penobscot Narrows Bridge in Prospect was slated to open at 1:30 p.m. on Monday and will likely offer “gorgeous” views due to the lack of haze, Curran said. Nearby Fort Knox historic site opened earlier Monday.

“[Damage] was very minimal throughout all of our parks and we are very pleased with that,” Curran said.

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