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Baxter State Park COVID-19 Update for July Opening[July 3, 2020]

Baxter State Park is open for day use and camping to residents of Maine and non-residents who have met the quarantine and testing requirements according to the state’s Keep Maine Healthy plan. Please refer to the Keep Maine Healthy Plan for an up-to-date list of states whose residents are exempt from meeting quarantine and testing requirements.  If your reservation is affected by these requirements, please contact Baxter State Park Reservations directly at 207-723-5140,...

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COVID-19 Update: BSP to expand recreational access on June 15[June 2, 2020]

We wanted to share the latest news about changes to Baxter State Park's summer season in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Baxter State Park Authority met on Friday, May 29, and considered detailed plans from Park staff for reopening the Park safely. On Tuesday, June 2, the Park released a statement outlining those plans. Here are some key updates: Open Now: Trails closed due to the 45-acre Abol fire on May 21 reopened for public access on June 1. This includes the Appalachian...

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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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Get Ready for the Warm Winter Weekend![December 28, 2019]

Our annual Warm Winter Weekend is one of our most popular trips for members. Please join us from March 19 – 22, 2020, at New England Outdoor Center. Outdoor winter activities abound at NEOC, including snowshoeing, cross country skiing for classic and skaters, snowmobiling, and ice fishing. Day trips to Baxter State Park, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Penobscot River Trails, and the Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area have taken place in the past. We all enjoy...

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Katahdin in the News on MPBN[December 28, 2019]

Listen to MPBN as they present a panel of experts discussing Katahdin’s historic role and cultural and economic importance, featuring Barry Dana, teacher, artist, former chief of Penobscot Nation, David Little, landscape artist, author, "Art of Katahdin: The Mountain, The Range, The Region," Jym St. Pierre, board secretary, Friends of Baxter State Park; Maine director, RESTORE: The North Woods; editor, Maine Environmental News and Howard Whitcomb,...

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