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About Friends

Friends of Baxter State Park is an independent citizen group with a mission to preserve, support, and enhance the wilderness character of Baxter State Park in the spirit of its founder, Governor Percival Baxter. Learn more about our mission.

Baxter State Park

Baxter State Park is a 209,644-acre public wilderness area in northern Maine. Former Governor Percival Baxter gave the Park to the people of Maine with the mandate that it remain forever wild. Explore his park and his vision.


Volunteering is a great way to directly participate in the stewardship of the Park. From splitting wood to painting and maintaining trails, there’s something for everyone. Learn more about volunteer opportunities.


By contributing to Friends of Baxter State Park, you can help ensure that the Park forever remains the spectacular wilderness area that it is today. Learn more about donation options, or become a member today.

BSP Delays Season Due to COVID-19 Pandemic[April 15, 2020]

  After careful consideration, Baxter State Park has announced some changes to its 2020 season in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Park will remain open for walk-in day use below treeline, but will be closed to camping, vehicular access, and travel above treeline until further notice. The Park has established a target opening date of July 1. All camping and day use parking reservations affected by this change will be cancelled, and BSP staff will contact all those impacted...

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2020 Annual Meeting is Canceled[March 17, 2020]

As our communities strive to flatten the curve and mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control is recommending no gatherings of more than 50 people, nationwide, for the next eight weeks. Governor Mills has issued similar guidance for Maine, with a recommendation to cancel all gatherings of more than 50 people, or more than 10 people if seniors are in attendance. We have decided to cancel the 2020 Annual Meeting of Friends of Baxter State...

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Friends of Baxter State Park President Responds to Deceptive Ad Featuring Park Image[March 3, 2020]

Friends of Baxter State Park: Cherished park not part of power line debate. Ellen Baum, President of Friends of Baxter State Park, responds to the deceptive use of Baxter State Park imagery in an ad for Hydro-Quebec’s transmission line.  Published 03/03/2020 in Portland Press Herald BOWDOINHAM — Last Friday, I opened my morning paper to find a two-page color advertisement (Pages A4 and A5) from Hydro-Quebec in support of the Central Maine Power transmission...

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Baxter State Park Issues Response to Hydro-Quebec Ad[February 29, 2020]

In response to a two-page advertisement from Hydro-Quebec featuring Baxter State Park, which ran in Maine newspapers Friday, February 28, Baxter State Park Director Eben Sypitkowski issued a statement Saturday pointing out that it had “no affiliation with Hydro Quebec” and was not consulted in the making of the ad.  The Park's response reads:  Baxter State Park - On Friday, February 28, the Hydro-Quebec Maine Partnership placed a full-page,...

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