AUGUSTA — Maine’s most popular campground park – Sebago Lake State Park – will open this weekend for camping and day use, according to the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands in a press release.
“We’re very pleased that the hard work has paid off, and the Sebago Lake State Park campground and day-use area will be open for the long Labor Day weekend,” Will Harris, BPL director, said Wednesday. “We hope people will come out and enjoy their Labor Day weekend with us.”
“It will be obvious something happened last weekend at the park,” Tom Morrison, BPL director of operations, said. “But the park certainly will be safe and pretty cleaned up.”
The details of the staggered park opening are:
- 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2, Naples area campground, including Naples Beach and Witch Cove Beach, will open for reserved and non-reserved sites; All campers with reservations between now and the weekend should check on their reservations by calling: Sebago Lake booth, (207) 693-6613; or the BPL Reservations Office, open 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday and Friday, at 800-332-1501 or (207) 624-9950.
- 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 3, Casco day-use area to open.
Sebago Lake State Park, opened in 1938, is located on Maine’s second largest and its deepest lake. The 250-site campground is a traditional favorite vacation spot for families. Last year, there were more than 91,500 camping nights spent at the campground, and about 165,000 people visited the park for day use.
While the park endured a great deal of tree damage and lost power during Sunday’s storm, no buildings, infrastructure nor recreational vehicles and campers were damaged in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene. In addition, no one was injured, according to park officials.
Morrison said that power has been restored to the day-use area and to park headquarters. Central Maine Power (CMP) “is working its way along” through the park, he said. Electrical power, which operates the water, sewer and lights, remains out at the campground. Park staff will run power off a generator, if necessary, the director of operations said.
A crew of 24, including BPL staff, Maine Forest Service forest rangers, and Maine Conservation Corps, plus campground hosts, have been working nonstop to clean up fallen trees, limbs and other debris at the park, which was closed following Sunday’s massive storm and high winds.
MDOC staff members have been working at cleaning up large, downed trees along the beachfront and in the campground. A team of six Maine Conservation Corps members, who are skilled trail builders, were deployed from another project at Grafton Notch State Park and were sent to Sebago to help out, Harris said.
The Maine Forest Service (MFS) sent a crew of four forest rangers, plus the Forest Protection Division’s chipper and chipper truck, to help with the cleanup.
Visitors and campers may still see brush piles and large-diameter tree material on the ground through the weekend. Chipping and cutting still is continuing throughout the park, the BPL officials said.
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