Bureau of Parks and Lands

COVID-19 Related Camping and Day-use Information for Maine State Parks and Public Lands

Browntail Moth Alert - The browntail moth has been in Maine for over a century, and we are currently experiencing a population outbreak. The continued hot, dry conditions are contributing to its population growth and spread throughout the state. At present, parts of Cumberland County and Maine's midcoast and Capital regions are experiencing the worst of the outbreak. This area includes Bradbury Mountain, Camden Hills, Lake St. George, and Warren Island State Parks. 

Browntail moth caterpillar hairs can cause a skin rash on humans like that caused by poison ivy and difficulty breathing when inhaled. 

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The browntail caterpillar's emergence during spring is terrible timing for those planning visits during May and June. Browntail caterpillars mature in late June or early July, pupate in their cocoons, and emerge as moths approximately two weeks later. During late July early August, the risk for browntail moth activity and exposure declines. With browntail moth hairs remaining in the environment, the risk of exposure is continuous in dry conditions.

We ask everyone to review the commonly asked questions located on the Maine Forest Service Website and visit the Maine CDC website for more information.

Many of our State Parks are not affected by browntail moth, and we are happy to assist with camping reservations in other areas or make alternate recommendations.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused by the browntail population outbreak.

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Maine Public Lands Annual Report Released

Next Superintendent of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway Announced

4/28/2021: Mark Deroche has been selected as the next Superintendent of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway (AWW). Mark has a lifelong passion for the AWW, exemplary management and outdoor skills, and commitment to working with Waterway partners to sustain and enhance this treasured Maine asset for years to come. Mark is also a Master Maine Guide with decades of experience leading adventures throughout the AWW. He has most recently served BPL as the Northern Region Manager for Maine State Parks, and he previously served as the Manager at Lily Bay State Park and as an Assistant Allagash Ranger based at Round Pond. He replaces Matt LaRoche, who recently retired after 44 years of exemplary service to the state.

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2021 Camping Reservations Call Center Opened on 2/1/2021

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Parks & Historic Sites: Days & Hours

Parks may be visited year-round, from 9:00 a.m. to sunset daily unless otherwise posted. Fees are collected at the booth by staff or through self-service stations.

For current status:
Please call the park or historic site directly.

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Park Amenities, such as water, restrooms and buildings, are shut down for the winter season as dictated by weather. Primitive toilets may be available at some locations.

Parking - Most parks and historic sites are not plowed during the winter due to seasonal staffing. A few parks are only plowed when the manager is on duty.

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Drone, Unmanned Aircraft (UAS) Policy

The general use of drones (UAS) is prohibited in Maine State Parks, Historic Sites, or DACF Boat Launches without direct oversight and guidance of an approved law enforcement agency or by the issue of a Special Activity Permit.