COVID-19 Related Camping & Day-use Updates

Updated November 13, 2020

All State Parks and Historic Sites are currently open for day use; some have parking restrictions in place.

COVID precautions and what to expect when you visit these beaches and parks:

  • Reduced Parking - To address the potential for crowding issues, some Parks may have reduced parking.
  • Reduced Length of Visit - Please be prepared to limit your stay so that others may enjoy the Park too.
  • Physical Distancing - Essential to our ability to keep these Parks open. Please keep at least 6 feet from staff and from others not in your household.
  • Wear Masks - All visitors are required to carry a mask at all times and be prepared to wear one in all public settings: in buildings and outdoors. Read the current Executive Order.
  • Restrooms - Facilities may be limited, so plan accordingly. Please bring your own hand sanitizer.
  • Quarantine - Beginning on November 16, 2020, State Park and Public Land use is for residents of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont without need of a 14-day quarantine or testing. People traveling from Massachusetts are no longer exempt from Maine's quarantine or negative test requirement. Travelers from Massachusetts and all other visitors must continue to follow the 14-day quarantine requirement or negative COVID-19 testing. All visitors are required to carry a mask at all times and be prepared to wear one in all public settings: in buildings and outdoors. Read the current Executive Order.
  • Monitoring & Changes - We will monitor conditions and make changes to policies as necessary. We need your cooperation, so thanks for your patience and support!

Camping

  • State Park Campgrounds - All State Park campgrounds are currently closed for the season. Beginning on December 15, winter camping in Maine State Parks is open to residents of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont without need of a 14-day quarantine or testing. People traveling from Massachusetts are no longer exempt from Maine's quarantine or negative test requirement. Travelers from Massachusetts and all other visitors must continue to follow the 14-day quarantine requirement or negative COVID-19 testing and must complete a Certificate of Compliance form indicating: 
    1. that they have received a negative COVID-19 test result, 
    2. that they will quarantine in Maine for 14 days, or
    3. that they have already completed their quarantine in Maine.

    The Certificate of Compliance form must be provided to check in to all campgrounds. Visitors may be asked to furnish proof of the negative test upon request. The Certificate of Compliance form and additional COVID-19 travel details are available here.

  • All visitors are required to carry a mask at all times and be prepared to wear one in all public settings: in buildings and outdoors. Read the current Executive Order.
  • Reservations at State Park Campgrounds - Those with camping reservations affected by these policies may (1) contact the Reservations Center to re-book to a later date, or (2) receive a full refund. Refunds for the reservation fee may be made online.
  • Backcountry & Remote Camping - Beginning on November 16, 2020, is open to residents of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont without need of a 14-day quarantine or testing. People traveling from Massachusetts are no longer exempt from Maine's quarantine or negative test requirement. Travelers from Massachusetts and all other visitors must continue to follow the 14-day quarantine requirement or negative COVID-19 testing. All visitors are required to carry a mask at all times and be prepared to wear one in public buildings and when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Remote Camping Guidance (PDF)

Plan a back-up location to visit. Help stop overcrowding as seen here at Tumbledown Mountain Public Land recently.

Day-Use

All Maine Public Lands trails, and roads remain open. Beginning on November 16, 2020, State Park and Public Land use is open to residents of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont without need of a 14-day quarantine or testing. People traveling from Massachusetts are no longer exempt from Maine's quarantine or negative test requirement. Travelers from Massachusetts and all other visitors must continue to follow the 14-day quarantine requirement. All visitors are required to carry a mask at all times and be prepared to wear one in all public settings: in buildings and outdoors. Read the current Executive Order. Some of our Public Lands are receiving heavy use. The Maine Trail Finder is a good resource for identifying lesser-known trails.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Now is not the time to take risks

  • If you want to get outside, your first choice should be to stay close to home.
  • Outdoor adventures need to be safe. The emergency response community, including Maine Forest Rangers and IF&W Wardens, has its hands full. Accidents on the trail and in the woods create unnecessary strain on our first-responders.
  • Weather and conditions, especially further north and in the mountains, are still variable with cold water, cold temperatures, and snow/ice present at times and in places. Gravel logging roads may be muddy and vulnerable to damage from vehicles. Remote locations throughout Maine’s woods may have limited or no cell phone coverage. Plan ahead and be prepared.
  • Don't rely on shopping for supplies and food in destination communities; be prepared with everything you need when you leave home, and practice Leave No Trace outdoor skills. Bathroom facilities are likely not available, even where typically present.
  • BPL recommends that everyone follow careful guidance when recreating in the outdoors.

BPL is monitoring the COVID-19 situation and is committed to following the state's updated policies to help slow the spread of COVID-19. With time and everyone's cooperation, we will get back to our regular routines. In the meantime, camping policies will evolve as conditions change. Visit our website and follow our social media platforms for updates. Please follow FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

For specific questions, please contact 207-287-3200 or e-mail DACF@maine.gov.