Sunday, April 11, 2010

Cobscook Bay State Park to Open This Weekend

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From the Valley Voice


Cobscook Bay State Park to Open This Weekend


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A fifth Maine state park campground will open early this year because the weather is expected to be good and the park is ready, according to Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands officials.

Cobscook Bay State Park, located in Edmunds Township, Washington County – truly Down East Maine – will open this weekend, according to Mike Leighton, BPL regional park manager. It is the earliest that the campground has ever opened, he noted. The usual opening is in May.

“We’re opening because we can,” Leighton said with a laugh, “and because the demand is there. With this early season, people want to recreate, and because the weather has been so favorable, we can open up the water system without fear of its freezing.”

Leighton predicted that northern Maine’s other state park campgrounds would open more in keeping with the usual schedule. Aroostook State Park, located in Presque Isle, is still in “mud season,” the regional manager said, but will “open as soon as they can.”

Lamoine State Park most likely will open May 1. Peaks-Kenny and Lily Bay state parks “still probably will open early,” but not unusually early as other state campgrounds have, Leighton said.

Maine state park campgrounds already open for camping include Camden Hills, Lake St. George, Bradbury Mountain and Sebago Lake, all of which have opened unusually early, according to BPL officials.

Cobscook Bay State Park is an 888-acre park surrounded on three sides by Cobscook Bay and two main hiking trails. It was the site earlier this year of a very successful “Take It Outside” Winter Family Fun Day that brought out about 700 people to enjoy winter activities at the park.

All 106 camp sites will be open for use this weekend, according to Park Manager Matt McGuire. The opening is about one month earlier than usual, he noted.

“We’re taking advantage of the warm weather and early spring to get people to the campground,” McGuire said. “We’re getting calls coming in all the time – about a dozen just this week.”

The campground has a shower building and vault toilets, all functioning, but no hook-ups. There is both a tent loop and a RV loop for campsites, many of which are located on the water. Campers should call the park ahead of time for fees, which vary for Maine residents and non-residents.

McGuire predicted that Cobscook would be a popular park this year, because of the variety of activities available and because of the excellent camping opportunities.

“We’re a great park site for activities for the family and a great vacation site,” McGuire said. “Cobscook is a unique and beautiful state park.”

For more information, call the park at: (207) 726-4412

A complete park description with maps can be found at:http://www.parksandlands.com

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