Making a Summer Camping Reservation
Reservations may be made by mail, phone, online through the Park website, or in person at Park Headquarters up to four months in advance of the day of the desired reservation. For example, the earliest you could make a reservation for a trip beginning on July 15th would be four months earlier on March 15th. Site availability can be viewed on the Park website. Reservations can be made for up to seven days for any single site at the same campground, and up to 14 days total duration for a single visit to the Park. There is a limit of two reservations per person per day.
Some backcountry sites, and all bunkhouse spaces, group sites, and accessible sites cannot be reserved online. Please reserve these sites by mail, phone, or in person at Park Headquarters.
Please bring your reservation form with you when you visit the Park. Present it at the gatehouse and to the Ranger at the campground where you will be staying. If you are camping in the backcountry, please carry the reservation with you.
Making a Winter Camping Reservation
Winter camping reservations may be made anytime after November 1 each year. The Park defines the winter camping season as December 1 - March 31. Winter reservations may be made by mail or in person at BSP Headquarters in Millinocket. Reservations for winter camping must be received by Baxter State Park at least 7 working days in advance of your trip. Before making a winter camping reservation, please carefully review the information on the Park's Winter Use page.
Day Use Parking Reservations
If you want to climb Katahdin, you can make a Day Use Parking Reservation (DUPR) for Katahdin trailheads at Roaring Brook, Abol, or Katahdin Stream Campgrounds. This will reserve a parking space for you until 7:00am on the day of your reservation. After 7:00am, your space will be given away on a first-come, first-serve basis. This may seem early, but hiking Katahdin is at least a 10-hour day for most people, and starting much after 7:00am increases your chances of finishing in the dark.
Maine residents can make a DUPR for any time in the summer season as of April 1. Non-residents can make a DUPR two weeks or less prior to the date of their intended hike. A maximum of three DUPRs per month can be made by residents and non-residents. A parking reservation costs $5. Call Park Headquarters at (207) 723-5140 or make a DUPR online. When planning a trip for tomorrow, call the Hiker Information Line at (207) 723-4636.