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Photo by Maine Department of Conservation (R.Cyr)

Aroostook State Park

Guidelines for Use of LMF Properties

Walking/Hiking Wildlife Observation/Study Cross-country skiing/Snow-shoeing Backcountry Camping Fishing Hunting/Trapping Snowmobile Trails Swimming 

Project Description

In a rolling landscape dominated by farms, Quaggy Joe Mountain presents a prominent profile. Alongside it lies Echo Lake, a popular brook trout fishery and swimming destination. Both these recreational resources lie within Aroostook State Park, the first state park ever created in Maine (in 1939). The Park, just 5 miles south of Presque Isle, draws area residents year-round to enjoy beach picnics, camping and hiking in summer and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling in winter.

With a grant from the Land for Maine’s Future Program, the Maine Department of Conservation was able to expand Aroostook State Park by purchasing at a bargain sale price a 93-acre parcel owned by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The addition enhances the park’s recreational capacity, a significant resource in an area with little other public land.