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Friends accepting applications for 2021 Conservation Fellows[May 7, 2021]

Due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic, Friends will be offering a modified version of the Baxter Youth Conservation Corps in summer 2021. Our BYCC Conservation Fellows program offers youth from the Katahdin region the opportunity to pursue paid leadership and conservation work during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are now accepting applications for eight full-time positions for this summer, with an application deadline of May 28, 2021.  Fellowships will be offered to those...

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Baxter State Park: New Species Discovery Delays Opening[April 1, 2021]

Baxter Bunion  Millinocket, ME  April 1, 2021 State of Maine officials say Baxter State Park is closed to visitors until further notice as new rumors of magical creatures surface.  The report of fairies in the Park, on the heels of last month's Bigfoot revelation, is allegedly the reason for the indefinite closure of Maine's 200,000-acre wilderness. Continue reading. ...

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New Children’s Book about Percival Baxter[March 16, 2021]

Barbara DeVito Bourgoine, a retired literacy teacher from Readfield, Maine, has a long history of visiting Baxter State Park. Bourgoine has channeled her love for the Park into an amazing children’s book called Percy’s Patience: The Story of Governor Baxter and Baxter State Park. Young Percy Baxter dreamed of a better world and exhibited great perseverance throughout his life. Baxter State Park, his great gift to the people of Maine, is a result of his determination...

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March 3 Proclaimed as Baxter State Park Day[March 3, 2021]

Governor Janet Mills has proclaimed March 3, 2021, as Baxter State Park Day in honor of the 90th anniversary of the park’s creation. In her proclamation, Governor Mills urged "all Maine people to recognize and celebrate the determination, foresight, and generosity of Governor Percival Baxter on this, the 90th anniversary of his original enduring gift to the people of the State of Maine." (read proclamation here) Percival Baxter made his initial gift of 5,960...

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2020 Sign Auction[November 12, 2020]

Friends of Baxter State Park Holds Fourth Annual Sign Auction It's one of the most exciting things we do each year! This year’s auction includes a total of 20 signs including some from favorite camping spots like Daicey Pond and Katahdin Lake. There are also signs from the iconic Dudley, Cathedral, and Abol trails on Katahdin. “The Dudley Trail was named for legendary guide and storyteller Roy Dudley,” said Aaron Megquier, the Executive Director of Friends...

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2022 BSP Calendar Submissions Open[October 6, 2020]

Friends of Baxter State Park is currently accepting photograph submissions for the 2022 Baxter State Park calendar. This is a great way to support Baxter State Park with your photography and have your images professionally published! We are looking for landscapes, people, wildlife, plants, park features, and more. The deadline for submitting photos is October 31. It's quick and easy to submit your photos via Dropbox or through the mail. Download detailed submission guidelines...

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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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