Maine State Park Attendance Increases 8% in 2021, Resetting All-Time Visitation Attendance Record

January 6, 2022

For more information contact: Jim Britt at: Jim.Britt@maine.gov

State Park camping reservations to open

AUGUSTA - Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Commissioner Amanda Beal and the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL) announced an 8% increase in final attendance for Maine State Parks in 2021 compared to the previous all-time attendance record in 2020. In 2021, Maine State Parks welcomed more than 3.3 million visitors, compared to 3 million in 2020. In addition, three of the last four years have reported record-breaking visitation across Maine's 12 State Park campgrounds and 48 State Parks and Historic Sites collectively.

By November 2021, Maine State Parks had already surpassed the 2020 record. Beginning with a tremendous turnout for annual First Day Hikes and regular visitation for winter park use, including hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, record-breaking camping and day-use visitation continued straight through summer and fall.

"It is great to see more people than ever enjoying our trails, campgrounds, beaches, and ponds. Our beautiful State Parks are go-to destinations for Maine residents and visitors as they look to find accessible and welcoming outdoor recreation opportunities," said Commissioner Beal, who greatly enjoys hiking in Maine's State Parks, having first summited Bradbury Mountain at age 5. "On pace with increased park visitation are the number of compliments for our State Park staff, which is well-deserved as they have worked diligently over the course of this busy year to ensure an enjoyable experience for visitors!"

"Many of us have realized that the safest, healthiest, and most enjoyable place to be in the pandemic is outside," said BPL Director Andy Cutko. "In 2021 we welcomed back many out-of-staters who didnt visit Maine in 2020, and we saw continued strong visitation from Mainers of all ages. Im proud to say my family contributed to the camping numbers for multiple State Parks, and I'm thankful to our staff and volunteer campground hosts for running our operations so smoothly."

In 2021, best practices and key learning from 2020 ensured BPL staff were prepared to protect the health of coworkers and park visitors. Covid-19 sparked park amenity curtailments and temporary closures during the 2020 season. BPL continues to adapt its plans as new health advisories are issued.

Camper Alert: Maine State Park camping reservations open February 1, 2022. State Park camping reservation details are as follows:

  • Sebago Lake State Park ONLY - Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 9:00 AM, (storm date if Maine State Government is closed - Wednesday, February 2, 2022)
  • ALL Maine State Park Campgrounds - Friday, February 4, 2022, 9:00 AM, (storm date if Maine State Government is closed Monday, February 7, 2022)
  • Book camping reservations online @ CampWithME.com or reach the camping reservation call center by dialing (800) 332-1501 from a Maine (207) area code; or (207) 624-9950. Seasonal reservation call center hours are 9:00 to 4:00 Monday to Friday, excluding holidays.
  • Group Campsite and Picnic Shelter Reservations for ALL Parks, Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 9:00 AM. Note that group and shelter reservations are by PHONE ONLY and should be made directly with the individual parks. Find park phone lines, instructions, and fees on BPL's Group Camping webpage and the Group Shelters webpage.

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Photo courtesy Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands

Photo courtesy Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands

Photo courtesy Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands

Photo courtesy Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands