group-campingIt’s never too early to start planning a camping trip.  Maine’s Parks are taking reservations now for the 2017 camping season.  Here’s what you should know about group camping on Maine’s public lands before you reserve your space.

Things to know before you go

The Bureau of Parks and Lands recommends reserving group campsites in advance, as well as group picnic areas and shelters.  A group is considered 7 or more people.  Don’t bring firewood from outside of Maine- buy it where you burn it, and help keep unwanted pests and diseases out of Maine.  Group camping fees are $50 to reserve a site (non-refundable), $50 per night for up to 10 people, $5 per person, per night for each additional person beyond 10, and an additional 9% Maine lodging tax.  Reservations for the 2017 camping year start February 1st at 9 a.m. for each location.

Where you can camp with a group in Maine

Aroostook State Park – Two group tenting sites are available, one up to 25 campers and 1 for up to 50 campers with an Adirondack shelter.  Call (207) 768-8341 for reservations.

Bradbury Mountain State Park – One group tenting site available for up to 50 people. Call (207) 688-4712 for reservations.

Camden Hills State Park – Five group campsites for up to 35 campers each.  Sites are located on the ocean side of the park.  Bathroom facilities with hot showers.  Call (207) 236-0846 for reservations February – April and (207) 236-3109 for reservations May – October.

Cobscook Bay State Park – Two secluded tenting sites available on the water.  One site up to 12 campers and one site up to 30 campers.  Call (207) 726-4412 for reservations.

Lamoine State Park – Two group tenting sites available, can be combined for up to 60 campers.  Call (207) 941-4014 February – March and (207) 667-4778 April – October for reservations.

Lily Bay State Park – One group tenting site on secluded Mud Brook for up to 50 campers.  Features a large fire ring, hand pump for water, several picnic tables, an outhouse and Adirondack shelter.  Call (207) 695-2700 for reservations.

Mount Blue State Park – Four group sites available, three tenting only, one RV site.  Two are walk-in lakeside sites for up to 40 campers with an Adirondack shelter.  One site is at the base of Mount Blue for up to 40 campers with an Adirondack shelter.  Call (207) 585-2261 October- April, and (207) 585-2347 May – September for reservations.

Rangeley Lake State Park – Three wooded group tenting sites.  Two are walk-in lakeside sites for up to 35 campers each, one is not on the lake for up to 35 campers and has an Adirondack shelter. Call (207) 585-2261 February- March, and (207) 585-2347 April- October for reservations.

Sebago Lake State Park – Fourteen group tenting sites.  Some camping trailers 20′ or shorter may be permitted, call the park for details.  Sites are for up to 15 campers, some have Adirondack shelters.  Offers water access, swimming, drinking water, trails, picnic areas, campfire rings, hot showers and flush toilets.  Call (207) 693-6231 for reservations.

Warren Island State Park – Three large tenting campsites accessed by boat only.  Located on 55 acres, each site is for up to 16 people with a combined maximum capacity of 50 campers.  Each site has a fire pit, picnic table and outhouse.  Bring your own kayak, canoe or boat.  Call (207) 941-4014 for reservations.

Good times are ahead

Gather the gang, check your calendars and start planning your summer group camping adventure.  The early caller gets the best campsites!

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