Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands: July 2017 Events and News

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Events & News

July 2017

Maine State Parks

In this Issue:

Summer & the Livin' is Easy - Camp Free as a Park Host

branch lake and park host RV site

If you enjoy camping and helping others enjoy the outdoors, then consider becoming a Park Host. Branch Lake in Ellsworth has three volunteer Park Host positions available that serve the day-use visitors of this beach area and boat launch. 

In exchange for 20 hours per week of host duties, you'll receive a campsite with a 3-way RV hook-up. Each of the three sites has a picnic table and fireplace. There is also a public toilet on site.

To Apply:
Complete the Campground Host Application and email it directly to Mike Leighton ( 

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Share Your Skills & Muscle in the Great Outdoors!

mcc crews and volunteers on trail and doing water quality testing

Join in on the camaraderie of working on conservation related projects along side the MCC AmeriCorps National Service Members and Teams. On-going projects include:

  • Trail construction & maintenance
  • Watershed surveys
  • Invasive species removal

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. For all the details and the complete project listing visit the MCC Volunteer Opportunities and Events webpage. Select locations for July are listed below.

July Locations Include:

Bradbury Mt State Park (Pownal):

  • Wednesday, July 12th - Sunday, July 16th

Assist with blowdown/debris removal, cleaning and re-establishing drainage, sidehilling, corridor clearing, paint blazing and signage, repair/replacement of waterbars, and replacement of trail bridges.

Deboullie Public Lands (Eagle Lake):

  • Wednesday, July 12th - Sunday July 16th
  • Wednesday, July 26th - Sunday, July 30th

Help with trail corridor maintenance, repainting of the trail system, some stone step work and bog bridging.

Grafton Notch State Park (Newry):

  • Wednesday, July 26th - Sunday, July 30th 

Help construct stone staircases, waterbars and ditching on Eyebrow Trail and tread improvements, signage, and trailside feature improvements on the Table Rock Trail.

Lily Bay State Park (Beaver Cove, Moosehead Lake):

  • Wednesday, July 12th - Sunday, July 16th
  • Wednesday, July 26th - Sunday, July 30th

Assist with brushing back existing trails and roadways.

Mt. Kineo State Park (Moosehead Lake)

  • Wednesday, July 12th - Sunday, July 16th
  • Wednesday, July 26th - Sunday, July 30th

Assist with trail work including replacing old bog bridging, building water bars, and redirecting trails; focusing on the Carriage and Bridal Trails.

Penobscot River Corridor

  • Wednesday, July 12th - Sunday, July 16th
  • Wednesday, July 26th - Sunday, July 30th

Help with erosion control on campsites and some step work.

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Exciting New Trails Being Constructed - Moosehead Lake Region

person clearing new trail section and an after-clearing view

The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands continues to work with the Weyerhaeuser Company to expand hiking trails in the Moosehead Lake Region. July will see miles of new trail under development:

  • A new trail on Williams Mt. in Misery TWP between Jackman and Rockwood will provide a modest ridge hike to an historic fire tower site and views of the scenic Maine/Quebec border region.

  • Work east of Moosehead Lake on Baker Mt. will continue to extend recent trail work on adjacent #4 Mt. in Frenchtown TWP up the north slope of 3,521 ft. Baker Mt. 

    For more information on this regional trail effort and to get involved, visit or contact Rex Turner at 207-441-9152 (

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    Volunteer Trail Day on July 30th at Little Moose Public Lands led by Moosehead Trails

    westward view from proposed trail on Little Moose Public Lands showing and expanse of forest with mountains n the distance.

    Moosehead Trails, a volunteer trail stewardship group focused on non-motorized trails in the Moosehead Lake Region, is organizing a trail work day at Little Moose Public Lands near Greenville. Volunteers will help clear new trail linkages as part of an effort to add new day-hikes and backpacking opportunities. 

    The event will begin at 9:30 AM on July 30th. For more information and to share your interest, visit Moosehead Trails on Facebook or email

    Photo is the view westward from a proposed trailside vista on the Little Moose Public Lands.

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    Take Your Fit-Bit on a Natural Heritage Hike

    trail map and photo of Cutler Coast Public Lands Natural Heritage Hike

    Make your steps-per-day goal while engaging the senses and compelling curiosity by visiting some of Maine's most ecologically, geologically, and culturally interesting locations. 

    Twenty-five Natural Heritage Hike brochures are available online courtesy of the Maine Natural Areas Program. 

    Locations include:

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    Maine History - A President's Conservation Efforts Inspired by Maine and Her People

    Theodore Roosevelt credited his love of the outdoors and conservation ethic to his visits to Maine. In a letter written in March of 1918 Roosevelt described his hunting trips and visits to logging camps with Bill Sewall and Wilmont Dow and opened the letter with:

    "I owe a personal debt to Maine because of my association with certain staunch friends in Aroostook County; an association that helped and benefited me throughout my life in more ways than one."

    As a young man under the guidance of his lifelong friend and guide Bill Sewall, Roosevelt camped at the southern end of Mattawamkeag Lake and hunted and fished throughout the area. It was reported that, each day, Roosevelt would take his bible and hike to a beautiful point of land at the confluence of the West Branch of the Mattawamkeag River and First Brook where he would read the bible. A plaque at the site commemorates Roosevelt's love for the area. It was erected in 1921 by Roosevelt biographer Hermann Hagedorn. This location is now the 27-acre Bible Point State Historic Site.

    Getting There: Four wheel drive and a Maine Gazetteer or other up-to-date atlas is recommended.
    From Route 2 in Sherman, take the Lower Pond Rd. to Sly Rd. and follow to the end. Park and walk one mile to Bible point. Lat 45.950454, Lon -68.149813 

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    handwritten letter by Theodore Roosevelt

    activities montage: paddling, beach goers, hikers and birders

    July 2017 Events & Loon Plate Appreciation Day

    Loon Plate Appreciation Day - July 16th

    • All vehicles with a Maine Loon License Plate will be admitted free of charge at Maine State Parks and Historic Sites 9 a.m. to closing for day-use* on July 16th. No rain date will be available. *Exceptions: Acadia National Park, Allagash Wilderness Waterway (AWW), Baxter State Park, the Maine Wildlife Park (IF&W), Peacock Beach, Scarborough Beach, Swan Island (IF&W), Penobscot River Corridor (PRC) or the Penobscot Narrows Observatory in Prospect, though admission to Fort Knox State Historic Site will be free that day. 
    • Purchase a Loon/Conservation License Plate from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles online or at your town office. Thank you for your support of State Park and IF&W programs.

    Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site

    Crescent Beach

      Ferry Beach State Park

      Holbrook Island Sanctuary

      Mount Blue State Park

      Popham Beach

      Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park

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      For more information about Maine State Parks visit us at: or view our Year at a Glance of Park Events Calendar