For those who enjoy camping at Maine’s many scenic state parks, a long-awaited day has finally arrived. The reservations system for the 2013 camping season opens at 9 a.m. on Friday, February 1.
On that first day, the Division of Parks and Public Lands will accept reservations only for Sebago Lake State Park and only for a minimum of four nights. However, on Monday, Feb. 4, the reservations system opens at 9 a.m. for all state park campgrounds.
“The Sebago Lake campground is one of the most popular in the state, and campers tend to stay there longer than at other state parks,” said Will Harris, director of the Division of Parks and Public Lands, part of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. “By spacing out the reservations over a few days, we’re trying to provide better and quicker service to our camping public.”
Campers have four ways to make reservations:
- Online at www.CampWithMe.com, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- By calling in-state at 800-332-1501; or out-of-state at 207-624-9950 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on business days.)
- By mailing reservations to: Division of Parks and Public Lands, ATTN: Reservations, 22 SHS, Augusta, ME 04333. Mailed Sebago Lake reservation requests must not be postmarked before Feb. 1, 2013 or Feb 4 for all other parks.
- By dropping off completed reservation forms, which will be processed during business hours at the Augusta office.
Park and Public Lands officials say the online service allows the public to create or cancel a reservation at 12 different state parks and provides the ability for a user to reprint a campsite permit as needed. The current online system, launched in 2010, can handle heavy traffic. Last year, 1,185 campsite permits were processed online during opening day, peaking at a pace of 65 different reservations in a one-minute period. All told the online system booked more than 17,300 permits for the entire season.
For more information and complete registration details, as well as a tutorial to make an online reservation, go to: www.CampWithMe.com/