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Camping in Maine


Maine offers all varieties of camping: from family camping along 

Maine's popular coast to a more wilderness experience in the North Maine Woods.



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Why choose Maine for your next camping trip:


Variety of Camping

Maine has every type of camping available. Whether you prefer the solitude of wilderness camping on one of Maine's remote lakes or the excitement of family entertainment at popular Old Orchard Beach - Maine

Diverse Wildlife

Moose, deer, eagles, loons, osprey are all part of the Maine landscape. Bring your camera and your birding guide to enjoy all the natural wonders of Maine.

Clean Environment

Maine is considered one on the cleanest envoronments on the East Coast from pristine forests to the rugged Maine coast. Maine's rich tradition of living off the land and using the resources that are available in our state has made us a wonderful vacationland.

Safe Communities

Maine cities and towns are considered some of the best areas to raise a family in the country. That small town feeling makes people from "away" feel at home. You will find Maine people friendly and ready to help. Don't be afraid to ask.

Family-Oriented Destinations

Old Orchard style camping with amusement parks and arcades vs. Acadia National Park with carriage trails, natural geological formations and sand beach. You can't beat the destinations we have to offer.

Four Season Recreational Opportunities

Maine has a season for any type of recreational activity you are interested in. We have warm days during the summers perfect for boating and swimming. The fall with brilliant colors of Maine's forests is ideal for foliage seekers. We have the famous winters of Maine that offer snowshoeing, skiing, and miles of snowmobiling. Spring has beauty of mild days and cool nights great for hiking and spring skiing.

Making Reservations at Maine Campgrounds:

Maine has a variety of camping options available to you. We have private campgrounds that have plenty of amenities. State Parks that have hiking , boating, and historic options. There are also campgrounds that strictly have camping for RV's

Making a Reservation at a Private Campground:

If you are able to call ahead to the campgrounds we would recommend you do so. Campgrounds usually fill up quickly during peak times such as the Fourth of July. Most will hold the reservation until a certain time during the evening before they give it to someone else. If you cannot call ahead try to start looking for a campsite before 4 PM in the evening. It is a lot easier to set up camp in day light than at 10 PM at night.

 

Making a Reservation at a State Campground:

Many of the twelve state parks with campsites are available by reservation. We would suggest you contact the following state agency for more information: There is a fee for camping.

Bureau of Parks and Lands

Maine Department of Conservation

State House Station #22

Augusta, Maine 04333

Tel. (207) 287-3821

webmaster_doc@state.me.us

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Making a Reservation at Baxter State Park

Baxter State Park was a gift to the citizens of Maine in 1931 by former Governor Percival Baxter and upon his death in 1969 had become roughly 200,000 acres. Making reservations at Baxter State Park is much different than other state facilities. Most of summer Baxter's campground are full. There is a vehicle length restriction in place which means larger RV's are not allowed in the Park as well as trailers.

Reservations are strongly recommended and are the only way to guarantee space. Reservations must be confirmed and paid for in advance. Baxter State Park does not accept phone reservations. For more information contact:

Reservation Clerk

Baxter State Park

64 Balsam Drive

Millinocket, Maine 04462

(207) 723-5140

When the allotted campsites and lean-to's have been filled the park will turn away campers. There are plenty of private campgrounds in the area. There is a fee for entering the park as well as the campground fee. They do not accept credit cards.

Making Reservations on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway or the Penobscot River Corridor:

In both of these areas the campsites are available on a first come first served basis. There is no reservation system in place. You will be assessed a fee to access these areas through checkpoints run by the landowners. Bowater and North Maine Woods are the two companies that run checkpoints in the area. Bowater operates checkpoints north of Rockwood, Greenville, and Millinocket. North Maine Woods operates gates close to Ashland, Allagash, and Eagle Lake. The checkpoints close around 11pm and reopen around 5 am. They do not take credit cards.

Making Reservations in the North Maine Woods Management Area:

North Maine Woods operates a variety of camping areas north and south of Millinocket including areas around Gulf Hagas and the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. They are usually require a reservation. Most of the campsites are in areas which are working forests. There is fee to enter the checkpoint and a campsite fee. They do not take credit cards.

For More Information Contact:

North Maine Woods, Inc.

PO Box 421

Ashland, Maine 04732

What kind of camping equipment should I bring:

Maine offers a variety of camping options and experiences that will make your visit to Maine an enjoyable one. It is very important to be prepared when you visit the Maine Woods for an overnight or a week.

Maines favorite saying "If you don't like the weather wait a minute" can either make your camping trip in Maine an enjoyable one or one you would rather forget.

Be prepared for your camping trip to Maine by bringing the following. Of course, wilderness camping may require different equipment than "tailgate camping" at one of Maine's family campgrounds.

Sleeping bag - Be sure to bring a sleeping bag which is "Holofill" because it will dry faster when wet and retain heat if it gets wet.
Tent with "no-see-um" netting with a rain fly (tarp) and tent stakes (make sure you have all the parts before leaving home. Having extras is a plus.)
A ground cloth to protect you and your tent from the ground
A tarp to set up to cover your cooking and eating area. The tarp is handy to set up if you are caught in the rain.
Sleeping pads
Some waterproof containers to keep your essentials dry like matches, film, camera's, food, medication, or a wallet. A suggestion though if you are on medication - be sure to split it up so that it is in two safe places.
A flashlight or two
Extra batteries for the flashlight
The appropriate pot or pan depending on what your cooking
Cooking and eating utensils
A large jug for drinking water - most campgrounds have water sources. Wilderness camping or camping on hiking trails may vary - please check ahead.
Biodegradable soap and scrubbies to clean your dishes
Towels to dry your dishes with
Some type of cook stove - don't expect to have a fire all the time. Also a stove is easier to use when it is pouring down rain.
A cooler for any items that need to be kept cool
Extra rope
Extra Trash Bags
Tent Repair Kit (usually comes with new tents)
A deck of playing cards or a good book
A camera with lots of film.

Everyone has a different camping style and this list should change if you are RV Camping, Tailgate Camping, or Wilderness Camping.

What sort of weather should I expect:

In Maine we have a common saying "If you don't like the weather ... wait a minute, it'll change" At any time of year, Maine's weather can be completely different depending on where you are in Maine. It can be perfectly sunny along the coast, but raining cats and dogs in the western mountains. Try to be prepared for just about anything and keep one eye to the sky.

Along the coast:
(Bar Harbor, Boothbay, Camden, Portland, etc)

The coastal sea breeze can keep Maine's coast 10 to 20 degrees cooler than just a few miles inland. In the winter - the coastal areas typically are warmer and receive less snow due to salt from the ocean. However, Maine's coast has more fog than inland Maine and can make for difficult driving along Maine's popular coastal Rt. 1.

During the summer, evening temperatures can drop into the 40's, and even the 30's in the spring and summer months. Daytime highs generally reach 70's with occasional 80's and 90's.

A fair bit of warning with regard to water temperature's along Maine's coast. In late August, the warmest you might find the water is in the 60's - but, expect much cooler water when venturing in.

 

Inland:
(Bangor, Waterville, Newport, Millinocket, etc)

Summer temperatures are a pleasant 70's to 80's with occasional spells of 90's. Humidity is fairly mild, but occasionally can seem high. Long dry spells in the summers are rare.

Winter months can be very cold, with wind chills in sub-zero ranges. Snow amounts vary throughout the state - but snow generally begins in November and goes through March.

 

Western Mountains:
(Jackman, Bethel, Rangley, etc)

The high elevations in Maine's western mountains tends to create a cooler climate. Higher elevations can see low temperatures in the evenings - even during the summer months. Temperatures can range in the 60's and 70's during the summer months. Low evening temperatures are generally in the 40's and 50's.

Winter months can bring heavy snow. Driving in this mountainous region requires caution, especially during the height of snow and ice season.

 The rule of thumb in Maine is be prepared for just about any type of weather in Maine. Check out the local forecast in the area you plan to visit.

What sorts of clothing should I bring for my camping trip in Maine?:

Having the right type of clothing can make your visit to Maine very enjoyable. Many of you will visit the coast and the moutains and foothills of our fine state and it is always important to be well prepared for your adventure in Maine.

Each Person Should Have

Two Full Sets of Dry/Warm Clothes
Shorts and T- Shirts
Rain Jacket and Pants
  • Light Nylon Windbreaker
  • Wool Sweater or Jacket
  • Wool Hat
  • Bathing Suit (If you plan to swim)
  • Wool Gloves
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Insect Repellent, Sunscreen, and Lip screen
  • Personal Hygiene Items
  • Brimmed Hat or Visor

Try to bring clothing that will keep you warm even it gets wet. Wool, polypropylene, and pile works well for that. It also helps to dress in layers.

If you plan to hike on any of Maine's fabulous trails be sure you use a pair of boots or shoes that are comfortable and have been "broken in". It reduces the risk of blisters.

Always keep your eye to the weather and have your rain gear handy. "If you don't like the weather wait a minute"

Black Flies are the unofficial Maine State bird - according to Maine Humorist, Tim Sample. Knowing how to cope with them will make your visit to Maine much more enjoyable. Insects can provide a challenge for even the most perfectly planned weekend outing.

Black Fly season lasts, on average, from Memorial Day to the Fourth of July. The season will start earlier in some parts of the state, especially southern Maine, and end later in northern Maine. Black flies are mostly found in wooded, wet areas with with large amounts of standing water. Summer breezes are your best insect repellent as the flies like hot calm days.

Black fly likes to crawl on you before it bites and can leave a bite that iches and swells. While some people may have quite a reaction to them - the bites are more annoying than harmful.

The best way to prepare for them is to dress in long sleeves and pants. Tuck your pants leg into your socks so the black flys do not crawl up your legs and put a rubber band around your shirt sleeve. Put a bandanna around your neck to prevent them from crawling down your shirt. The less skin exposed the better off you are. Bug netting is also a good defense if you plan on spending long periods of time in wooded, wet areas.

Mosquitoes and minges (no-see-ums) are not as relentless as the black fly but can leave just as nasty a bite. These insects also go after exposed skin. Insect repellents work well.

If you must use an insect repellent - try to use a product that contains more than 80% DEET. Be sure to follow the products directions carefully. Products that contain 90+ % of DEET are desirable. Typically, DEET SHOULD NOT be applied directly to the skin. And remember, a small amount goes a long way.

Also be sure to have a tent that has proper netting and all the zippers work. Tents should have "no-see-um" netting.


Maintaining Maine's Clean Environment:

Maine has some of the largest tracts of unspoiled and unpopulated wilderness in the Northeast. It also a rich tradition of recycling. All the citizens of Maine would encourage you to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Maine has a "carry in - carry out" policy for its state parks and campsites. Many private campgrounds have the same policy. Here are some tips to help you reduce the amount of garbage you might produce while camping in Maine.

Avoid individually packaged items such as hamburger patties, juice boxes, and pudding packets.
Try to use powdered soft drinks so there are less bottles and cans. Remember Maine's bottle bill - All soda, juice and other drink containers can be returned for their 5 cent deposit. Bring foods in bulk so there is less packaging.
Avoid disposable items such as razors, flashlights, and sterno cans.
Use ceramic or metal dishware that can be used over and over. Avoid paper plates, plastic utensils and other "disposable" products whenever possible.
#2 Plastics are recyclable in Maine. When shopping for supplies - always try and look for these first.
Carry Out the garbage you produce do not burn it. If you do burn it make sure the fire is out and you have cleaned the fireplace of any trash not burned.
Use Bio - Degradable soap when doing dishes and never dump soapy water into Maine's lakes and rivers. Also, do not wash your hair or bathe in Maine's lakes and rivers.

Be sure you ask what the campground policy is regarding trash. Some campgrounds have bins where you can leave your recyclables. Be sure you leave your campsite clean for the next visitor.

Thanks for keeping Maine clean.

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