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Maine State Parks Begin to Open

Maine state parks and historic sites are starting to open up for the season. Officials with the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL), under the Maine Department of Conservation, want to update visitors on several park situations around the state.

Sebago Lake State Park in Casco is opening Friday, April 29, according to Park Manager Andy Haskell. All the sites at Witch Cove will be open, which is about 125 sites, and the shower buildings also will be open, he said.

Campers will be able to choose a site and self register, Haskell said. Formal campground reservations for Sebago don’t start until Monday, May 23.

Haskell also said off-season rates will be in effect through May 22. They are:

Maine residents, $10 a night with no hook-ups; $15 a night with water and electricity;
Nonresidents, $18 a night with no hook-ups; $25 a night with water and electricity.
 
Lake St. George State Park in Liberty also has opened for camping, according to Park Manager Leland Griffin. At least three parties are coming this weekend, he said.

About 20 campsites are open so far; the remaining campsites haven’t yet dried out, Griffin said. Rates are the same for Maine residents and non-residents as those at Sebago, though Lake St. George doesn’t have hook-ups, he said.

Ice on the lake went out on April 19, and anglers are “doing quite well,” the park manager reported. While he hadn’t heard of any trout being caught yet, “they’re getting some nice salmon,” he said.

Park Manager Bob Crocker at Ferry Beach State Park in Saco wants visitors to know that the park is now open, though construction is taking place on Bayview Road, which runs in front of the park’s access road.

Bayview Road, which is undergoing reconstruction, is reduced to a one-lane, gravel road with flaggers stationed on it, and “traffic is slowing down,” Crocker said. Nonetheless, the gates of the park are open.

The construction crew has been working some Saturdays and may be working this Saturday, April 30, he pointed out. Crocker said he hopes that won’t stop visitors from enjoying what should be a beautiful spring day at the beach.

Finally, boaters will want to know that the floats are back in the water as of Friday, April 29, at Warren Island State Park, located off Lincolnville and Islesboro in the Penobscot Bay. The park is one of two island facilities managed by BPL.

Floats also will be installed at Holbrook Island Sanctuary, located in Brooksville, as of May 3.

For more information on Maine state parks and historic sites, go to: http://www.parksandlands.com