Some Maine Department of Conservation staff will continue to be on duty for the October state closure day, according to department officials.

Maine state parks and historic sites will be open, including all campgrounds, for the state shut-down day on Friday, Oct. 8, according to Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL) officials. The parks also will be open for Columbus Day weekend and holiday.

Maine Forest Service forest rangers also will remain on duty to provide law enforcement and forest protection in the Maine woods, according to MFS officials.

All Maine state parks and historic sites will be open, with park staff present. All state park campgrounds also are open. Regional and central offices will be closed.

“This probably will be our last big foliage weekend, and we are encouraging everyone to get out and enjoy the color,” said Will Harris, BPL director.

Three fall foliage events will be held over the weekend at state parks. They include guided fall foliage hikes and a river paddle. The events are:

• Fall foliage river paddle: Sunday, Oct. 9 at 10 a.m., Androscoggin Riverlands State Park, Turner.

• Guided fall foliage hike: Saturday, Oct. 9 at 10 a.m., Shackford Head State Park, Eastport.

• Guided fall foliage hike: Sunday, Oct. 10 at 1 p.m., Camden Hills State Park, Camden.

For more specific information about the hikes/paddle, including difficulty and meeting places, plus park information, all park activities and admission fees, go online to: For foliage information, go to:

Visitors also can find information by calling the individual parks for more information and for the camping fee schedule.

The new Maine State Parks Passport is available free of charge at state parks and historic sites, where visitors also will find the passport box containing the individual state stamp with which to mark their passport. Visitors also can purchase state park seasonal passes at any state park: $35 for individuals; $70 for vehicle passes.

Statewide, there will be roughly 30 to 40 Maine Forest Service forest rangers on duty during the shutdown day and the holiday weekend.

The forest rangers will perform their regular duties, responding to complaints, conducting inspections and performing law-enforcement activities.

People are reminded to be cautious with all fires and to contact their local fire departments or the Maine Forest Service for fire permits. For more information, go online to

For more information, call Will Harris, Bureau of Parks and Lands director, at 287-4961, or Bill Williams, Maine Forest Service Forest Protection supervisor, at 287-4991.

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