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Maine State Parks
Baxter State Park
Maine's largest park covering 204,733 acres. It is home to Maine's highest peak, Mt. Katahdin which rises 5,271 feet above sea level. There are 40 peaks and ridges besides Katahdin in the park. The trail system features over 180 miles of trails popular with hikers, mountain climbers, and naturalists. Baxter State Park operates 10 campgrounds, eight of which are drive-in, the other two are hike-in backcountry campgrounds. For more information call (207)-723-5140.
The Allagash Wilderness Waterway
A canoe camper's paradise. This 92-mile corridor of lakes and river connects several large public reserved land units and is surrounded by a vast, privately-owned commercial forest. The area is also used extensively in the winter for ice fishing and snowmobiling even though there are no groomed trails. Telephone (207) 941-4014.
Mt. Blue State Park
Encompasses of 5,021 acres. A campground, sand beach with bathhouse, hot showers, flush toilets, boat launch, amphitheater, and nature center are found in the Webb Lake area. The nearby Center Hill Area provides a scenic picnic spot and nature trail as well as an extensive multiple use trail open to ATVs, horses, walkers, and mountain bikes. Mt. Blue is also a popular day hike. A naturalist leads scheduled hikes and programs during the summer months. Adirondack shelters are available for large group use, and canoes may be rented. The park maintains cross-country ski trails, a major snowmobile trail, and an ice rink during the winter. Telephone Memorial Day - Labor Day (207)585-2347; off-season (207)585-2261.
Coobscook Bay State Park
An 888 acres park located in Downeast Maine about 25 miles from Eastport, the nation's easternmost city. It has campsites and shelters on the water's edge, boating, hot showers, picnic area; hiking and groomed cross-country ski trails. Telephone (207)726-4412.
Reid State Park
Located along the scenic mid-coast of Maine. It's 766 acres include nearly a mile and a half of sand beaches, dunes, marshes, ledges, and ocean plus a warm saltwater pond for swimming, making Reid one of Maine's most popular saltwater parks. Facilities include a snack bar, picnic areas with charcoal grills or fireplaces, and bathhouses with freshwater showers. Telephone (207) 371-2303.
Camping and Hiking in Maine
Acadia National Park
Located in Maine on the rock-bound shore of Mount Desert Island. Here you will find granite cliffs side by side with sand, cobblestone beaches and glacier-carved mountains rising from the sea, cupping deep lakes in their valleys. Blackwoods and Seawall are the two campgrounds in Acadia. One vehicle, six people and two small tents or one large tent are allowed at a campsite. Hikers will find 120 miles of trails and 50 miles of carriage trails for hiking and walking. For more information call (207)-288-3338.
Grafton Notch State Park
Covers 3,112 acres and offers several hiking trails that extend through this spectacular, scenic area at the end of the Mahoosuc Range. The 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail passes through the park on the way to the trail's northern terminus, Mt. Katahdin. Sights include: Screw Auger Falls, Spruce Meadow, Mother Walker Falls, Old Speck Mountain, and Moose Cave. Facilities include picnic tables and grills. Telephone the park for more information. May 15 through October 15 (207)824-2912; off-season (207)624-6075.
Camden Hills State Park
Where the mountains meet the ocean. It offers 30 miles of wooded hiking trails starting from five different trailheads. Spectacular views of West Penobscot Bay await hikers from atop Mt. Battie, Mt. Megunticook and Bald Mountain. A 112-site camping area includes flush toilets and hot showers, picnic area and rocky shoreline are all part of this unique park. For more information call (207)236-3109 (May 1 - October 15) and (207) 236-0849 (October 16 - April 30).
Off Route 27, north of Carrabassett Valley and east of Stratton. This range of mountains is approximately 17 miles long, with six major summits on Maine Public Reserve Land. Various parts of the range can be accessed by a network of trails, or adventuresome hikers can challenge the 11mile Bigelow Loop. The northern portion of this triangular loop is part of the Appalachian Trail which traverses some of the peaks. Magnificent views over Flagstaff Lake to Canada and the surrounding mountains and lakes make this one of Maine's best vantage points.
Hunting and Fishing in Maine
Grand Lake Stream
The most concentrated number of Registered Maine Guides in the state of Maine. Deep with tradition and knowledge these experienced individuals will offer a fishing or hunting experience you will never forget. The hunter can engage in the services of guides who know the area and understand the habitat of the game sought. A variety of game birds and big game are abundant including partridge, woodcock, black duck, bear, deer and more. For more information write the Grand Lake Stream Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 124, Grand Lake Stream, Maine 04637.
The Katahdin Region
A wonderful area for bear, moose and deer trophy hunting. With vast woods surrounding the townships, wildlife abounds. Hunters will find deer, bear, beaver, grouse, pheasant, fox, rabbit, bird are plentiful. Fishermen have endless lakes and rivers to choose from. The East Branch of the Penobscot is well known for its small-mouth bass, trout and salmon. The West Branch holds international fame for landlocked salmon as well as boasting small-mouth bass. Trout, pickerel and perch are also popular species throughout the region. Local guide services can assist in planning, outfitting and guiding you on your hunting or fishing experience of a lifetime! For more information call Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce at (207) 723-4443.
The Upper Kennebec Valley
One of the best areas in the state to fly fish for wild, native brook trout and salmon. And once the ice is out on Moosehead Lake, sometime in May, the salmon, lake trout and brook trout are swimming close to the surface. Some of the finest smallmouth bass fishing in the world happens on remote and beautiful stretches of both the Kennebec and Penobscot Rivers, Catching fish at these locations is absolutely guaranteed. In the fall, moose, deer, bear, grouse, woodcock, ducks and a wide variety of small game take center stage. While hunting is good throughout the region, it's the trophy-sized large game attracting outdoorsmen to the northern towns of Bingham, Moscow, The Forks, Jackman, and Rockwood. Bears weighing more than 500 lbs., moose with a rack spread more than 50", and bucks weighing in excess of 200 lbs., dressed, have been recorded here. For more information contact the Kennebec Valley Tourism Council at 1-800-393-8629.
The Maine Guides Association
Not a location, but an organization that can provide visitors with Registered Maine Guides who can bring sportsman to the best hunting and fishing spots in the state. They can be reached at (207) 785-2061.
Another organization that is dedicated to the hunting and fishing industry in Maine is the Maine Sporting Camps Association. You can write to them at P.O. Box 89 Jay, Maine 04239.
Other Maine Outdoor activities
Maine also offers the following outdoor activities:
Boating and Windjammer Cruises