New Nat’l Park Campground Coming
People who want the experience of camping overnight in Maine’s only national park are expected to have a third option this summer, the Bangor Daily News reported.
Technically, the new campground on the Schoodic Peninsula, on the eastern side of Frenchman Bay, will not be on park property, as the Seawall and Blackwoods campgrounds on Mount Desert Island are. But Acadia officials say they are working on an agreement with the property owner, Lyme Timber, that would allow the park to operate and maintain the campground, which will be located between the village of Winter Harbor and the park’s picnic area at Frazer Point.
Officials said construction on the campground is expected to begin soon and to be completed later in the year. Peter Stein, Lyme Timber managing director, said Wednesday that getting permits for the campground proposal so far has cost Lyme Timber “more than $100,000” but he did not have a total cost estimate for the project.
Stein said a philanthropic family foundation that prefers to remain anonymous has purchased an interest in the “critical” 3,200-acre property to ensure it is conserved, that there is permanent public access to it, and to help plan what sort of improvements might be made. The camping facilities are intended to replace the loss of camping facilities on the Schoodic Peninsula when the 148-acre Ocean Wood Campground in neighboring Gouldsboro closed in 2009, Stein said.
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