Gov. LePage declares resident fee holiday at Maine state parks

Day use free Aug. 11 through Labor Day
Aug 09, 2018

Augusta — Gov. Paul R. LePage has signed an order giving Maine residents free day use of Maine state parks and historic sites from Saturday, Aug. 11, through Monday, Sept. 3.

This action is taken in recognition of public support for Maine state parks after record-breaking attendance levels beginning in 2010, according to a press release from the governor's office. Some restrictions apply (see below), and park fees for Maine residents will be reinstated Tuesday morning, Sept. 4.

"Maine State Parks and Historic Sites have experienced record-breaking attendance in recent years," LePage said. "Our park staff have worked very hard to enhance the visitor experience with new offerings, year-round events and educational programs for all ages. Public support has never been higher.

"This is our way of saying thank you to the Maine people," the governor said. "Please take this opportunity to visit a Maine state park or historic site and make some memories with family and friends."

"Day use" is from 9 a.m. to closing (sunset at most locations, but check at park entry).

The "fee holiday" will not extend to camping of any sort. Camping fees will continue to be collected.

Note: Free admission does not apply to camping fees or day use at Acadia National Park, the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Baxter State Park, Peacock Beach, the Maine Wildlife Park, Scarborough Beach State Park, Swan Island, Fort Knox Historic Site, the Penobscot River Corridor or the Penobscot Narrows Observatory in Prospect and Songo Lock.

Sites offering the fee holiday are:

Androscoggin Riverlands, Aroostook, Birch Point, Bradbury Mountain, Camden Hills, Cobscook Bay, Colburn House, Colonial Pemaquid, Crescent Beach, Damariscotta Lake, Eagle Island, Ferry Beach, Fort Edgecomb, Fort Kent, Fort McClary, Fort Point, Fort Popham, Fort Pownall, Fort O'Brien, Grafton Notch, Holbrook Island, Lamoine, Lake St George, Lily Bay, Moose Point, Mt Blue, Owls Head Light, Peaks-Kenny, Popham Beach, Quoddy Head, Range Pond, Rangeley Lake, Reid, Roque Bluffs, Two Lights, Sebago Lake, Shackford Head, Swan Lake, Vaughan Woods, Warren Island and Wolfe's Neck Woods.

For more information about Maine state parks and historic sites, visit parksandlands.com.

For more information about the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, visit maine.gov/dacf.

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