Rules & Regulations for the Penobscot River Corridor

SUMMARY: These rules govern public recreational uses of the Penobscot River Corridor.

Chapter 2 - Rules and Regulations for lunch and campsites in the Penobscot Corridor, Lobster Lake and Chesuncook Lake.

The following rules and regulations are established by the Maine Department of Conservation pursuant to 12 M.R.S.A., Section 1803, Subsection 6, and 12 M.R.S.A., Section 1825, Subsection 4.

General Rules

  1. Fees: resident - $6.00 per person, per night; nonresident - $12.00 per person, per night. Children under 10 free. PLUS: a 9% Maine Lodging Tax and North Maine Woods Fee is also charged.
  2. Camping is allowed only at sites designated by the Bureau of Parks and Lands. Parties of more than 12 are restricted to group sites. Authorized campsites are marked and may consist of a number of individual cells, picnic tables, and fireplaces.
  3. Open fires are allowed only in fireplaces provided by the Bureau. Camp stoves fueled with sterno, propane or gasoline will be allowed in any safe condition.
  4. The cutting of live trees is prohibited.
  5. Litter: Trash must be carried out of the area.
  6. Firearms are not to be discharged on lunch or campsites.
  7. Occupancy of any one site for more than 7 consecutive nights is prohibited; however, at the end of the 7-night period, the Bureau may authorize an extension on a night-to-night basis.
  8. Tents, vehicles, trailers, or equipment must not be left unoccupied on any site for more than one night.
  9. The Sandy Point section of Horseback Brook camping area is for tents only.
  10. Sites must be vacated by noon on the last day of permit occupancy.
  11. Ice houses that are placed on Lobster Lake must be removed from the property owned and/or administered by the Bureau of Parks and Lands within three (3) days of the close of ice fishing season on that lake.
  12. Quiet Time: Campers are required to be quiet between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.

Group Sites

  1. Beginning the first working day in January of each year the Horserace Brook, Salmon Point and Omaha Beach group campsites may be reserved from the Bureau of Parks and Lands on a first come, first served basis. Failure to make use of a reserved campsite may forfeit future reservation privileges, unless reservations are canceled at least one week in advance of reservation date.
    • To reserve a group site on the PRC call (207) 592-1153 and leave a message with your phone number and email contact information. Please allow several days for the PRC Manager to return your call.
  2. Special group lunch sites may be reserved from the Bureau of Parks and Lands at Horserace Brook, Salmon Point, Log Cable Crossing, Bateau Take Out and Abol Ledges.


  1. The launching or retrieving of whitewater craft on the Lower West branch of the Penobscot River by commercial whitewater outfitters (as defined in 12 M.R.S.A. 7363) is prohibited, except at sites designated by the Bureau of parks and lands. For safety reasons access may be allowed at other locations with prior approval of the Bureau. Designated commercial access sites are: McKay Station, Big Ambejakmockamus, Horserace Brook, Bateau Take Out, and Nevers Corner.