Maine Camping Reservations Drop 3% in '08
Overall reservations at state-owned campgrounds in Maine dropped by 3% in 2008, but slightly more Mainers made reservations, the Bureau of Parks and Lands reported this week.
A total of 12,764 campground reservations were made during 2008, compared to 13,156 in 2007. The bureau blamed the decline on rainy weather and increased gas costs, according to MaineToday.com.
The number of resident reservations hit 7,845, compared to 7,786 in 2007. Non-resident reservations were 4,919 in 2008, compared to 5,370 in 2007, a decline of 8%. During the season, state tourism officials suggested that Maine residents vacation close to home in order to save on gas costs.
"Maine residents realized the value of a 'stay-cation' and took advantage of the beauty and recreational opportunities of their own state park campgrounds," said Will Harris, director of the bureau. "They also found the ease of making reservations online."
Campground reservations for 2008 generated a net income of $824,620.99, funds that go into the state's General Fund for use by all state agencies. Last year, the net income was $834,395.
Daniels said the most popular park for camping in 2008 was Sebago Lake State Park, with a total of 3,187 reservations made. Campers spent a total of 12,482 nights at that campground. The next most popular was Camden Hills State Park, with 1,589 reservations and 4,106 total nights.