Cobscook Bay State Park

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Cobscook Bay State Park

Maine

(207) 726-4412

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Overview

Cobscook Bay State Park is ideal for the camper seeking solitude and beautiful scenery. The Park, surrounded on three sides by the salt waters of Cobscook Bay, has more than 100-well-spaced and secluded campsites. Many of these campsites are located at the water's edge and provide excellent vantage points to observe the ebb and flow of the tides. In fact, Cobscook is a Maliseet-Passamaquoddy word for boiling tides. The average tide is 24 feet with some running as high as 28 feet. At low tide adventuresome campers may dig for the delicious soft shell clam.

More than 200 different species of birds, including the American bald eagle, have have been identified in the Park and in the nearby Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge. Wildflowers abound in woodlands and meadows and along the roadsides

Map of Cobscook Bay (ME)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.855747, -67.171955

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Activities

  • Boating

    Motorized boats, kayaks and canoes are allowed on the bay. The Park offers a boat launch for those with the experience to handle boating in challenging conditions (with rapids created by fast-moving tides).

  • Camping

    Camp only at established sites, many of which can be reserved in advance at www.campwithme.com. Cobscook Bay State Park is a great base for family camping and explorations in easternmost Maine. Many of the park's 106 campsites (both for tenting and RVs) border Whiting Bay, a sheltered inlet within the larger bay.

  • Fishing

    The Bay has an abundant amount of fish, including smelt, alewives, shad, sea-run brook trout, striped bass and the Atlantic salmon.

  • Hiking

    Cobscook Bay State Park has two short trails appropriate for walkers of all ages. The Nature Trail, which begins near the Park entrance, offers a forested, one-mile path that leads through forests, passes along a brook and then rises to two scenic outlooks with views out over Whiting Bay and Burnt Cove. The trail up to the outlook has a short, steep and rocky section: take extra care here in wet weather. The Nature Trail ends by two campsites, allowing walkers to return on a gravel road (for a two-mile round trip).

    The Shore Trail (also known as the Anthony's Beach Trail) is a 0.75-mile loop path that begins beside campsite 17, following near the shore to the boat launch, and then winding back through woods to come out between campsites 18 and 20. Many visitors enjoy shoreline explorations as well, but please don't wander into waterfront campsites and be mindful of fast-moving tides.

    If you are not camping at the park but want to hike the trails, stop at the park entrance to obtain a map and pay the day-use fee.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic facilities are located throughout the park.

  • RVing

    Cobscook Bay State Park is a great base for family camping and explorations in easternmost Maine. Many of the park's 106 campsites (both for tenting and RVs) border Whiting Bay, a sheltered inlet within the larger bay. The campsites offers ad dumping station.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming is permitted int he bay. Please swim at your own risk

  • Winter Sports

    During the winter the park trails are use for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Seasonality/Weather

While daytime summer temperatures average about 68° F. (20° C.) in eastern Maine, evenings and gray days can be chilly. The Downeast area is famous for fog, so be prepared for low visibility (particularly if boating). In winter, expect daytime temperatures around 18° F. (-8° C.) and take extra care in snow and icy conditions.

In late spring and early summer, be prepared for mosquitoes, black flies and midges (no-see-ums). While the area is not heavily infested with deer ticks, there are some so check yourself daily to prevent Lyme disease.

Park Partners

Friends of Maine State Parks

Friends of Maine State Parks was created in 1997 by individuals interested in ensuring the preservation of Maine's unique state park system and is a non-profit organization open to anyone who shares these goals.

* Provide informational, referral and networking services on issues of interests pertaining to State Parks and Historic Sites * Advocate and oversee on matters of importance to the character and purpose of State Parks and Historic Sites * Sponsor and cosponsor events that assist the promotion of State Parks and Historic Sites * Conduct quarterly educational programs with topics of interest pertaining to State Parks and Historic Sites * Sponsor an annual fall Picnic for all its members

Directions

Driving

U.S. Route 1, four miles south of Dennysville

Phone Numbers

Primary

(207) 726-4412

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