Baxter State Park Informational Video
On Tuesday night the ME Army National Guard evacuated a male patient with life-threatening medical issues from Chimney Pond Campground. The patient was transported directly to EMMC. Our thanks to our friends in the Guard and kudos to the Ranger staff for a the professional work on the rescue.
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Baxter State Park is Hiring a New Director!

The Baxter State Park Authority seeks an active, experienced individual to serve as the Director of Baxter State Park. The Director works for the Authority to preserve and protect the Park’s natural resources and manage recreational use in accordance with the Park’s Deeds of Trust. The 209,664 acre Park includes 10 organized campgrounds, several dozen backcountry sites, over 225 miles of hiking trails, including on Mt. Katahdin, ...and 29,537 acres of managed forest.

Please use the link below to find more information and application instructions.

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Now Hiring: Possibly hiring, depending on how positions shift in over the course of Feb-March….if you are interested in these positions, please indicate that on your application. Full Time Po…

Going to the Eastern Maine Sportsmen's Show today? Make sure to check out our booth! The 3D Park map donated by the Friends of Baxter is on display and has been incredibly helpful for answering everyone's questions! We will be there from 9-4 today and we will also be at the Presque Isle Sportsman show next weekend.


Conditions Report:
North: Ranger Russ Porter Reports 40+ inches of snow in the north end of the Park. This snow is heavy, sticky, and tough going on a sled. The Park Tote Road has been broken out from the boundary to North Branch Camps.
South: Ranger Dave Loome reports 30-48" of snow total with 10-24" from the last storm (more in spots). Heavy powder makes breaking trail difficult so plan on longer travel times.

Photos from Rangers Jen Sinsabaugh, Russ Porter, and Dave Loome.

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Ranger Mike Winslow Reports a fresh 17" of snow fell at Chimney Pond in the last storm. Here is a video he shot of Ranger Greg Hamer helping to break out the Chimney Pond Trail. Notice the tow rope attached to the front of his snowmobile...

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Baxter State Park is seeking help from the public in identifying two individuals who ignored posted trail closures and entered several restricted areas of the park on snowmobiles. This occurred around 10:30 AM on Friday, March 9. These actions caused excessive rutting and damage to the Roaring Brook road trail which is a vital hauling trail and required most of a day to repair.

The incident contrasts with a season otherwise marked by courteous riding on our shared trails.

Th...e two individuals in question were described as one male in his late forties or early fifties with stubble and prescription glasses, and one younger man perhaps in his twenties. The two were seen riding an older model green Venture, and a white and red newer model snowsled. One of the two was wearing a camo backpack. Please call Baxter HQ if you have information regarding these individuals. 207-723-5140

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Check out the new mountain models and park model generously donated by the Friends of Baxter State Park

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Friends of Baxter State Park

Mountain model celebration on March 15th!

Please join us on Thursday, March 15th to celebrate the completion of ten new terrain models for Baxter State Park. Th...ese new high-resolution, state-of-the-art 3D models were produced by Solid Terrain Modeling, the same company that makes terrain models for the National Geographic Explorers Hall and Smithsonian Institution. Friends of Baxter State Park coordinated and funded this project with the support of five generous donors, and donated the new models to Baxter State Park in December 2017. Now’s your chance to see these new terrain models before they are installed in their new homes all over the Park this spring. Come check out your favorite hiking and fishing spots as you've never seen them before!

All are welcome, and light refreshments will be provided.
The event will be at the Millinocket Memorial Library, from 5:00 - 7:00pm on Thursday, March 15th.

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Every winter Park staff organize a mountaineering trip to teach winter skills and build teamwork. This year Ranger Mike Winslow organized an ascent of Hamlin Peak. Ranger Russ Porter, Trail Specialists Rebekah Morrisson and Liz Thibault, Resource Manager Eben Sypitkowski, and Interim Naturalist Steve Dunham all participated. The ascent was successful and although it was not clear, the sun did make an appearance.

Ranger Bruce White discovered this group of springtails (a.k.a. snow fleas) violating the park's group size policy. These tiny hexapods normally live in the soil but due to an anti-freeze-like protein in their body they are able to remain active in freezing conditions. No summons was issued but the group was asked to disperse.

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The Friends of Baxter State Park were generous enough to donate new mountain models to the Park. We have begun donating the old models to area schools. Senior Field Supervisor Mike Martin stopped by Katahdin High School's outdoor education class today to drop off a Katahdin model and a Traveler Loop model.

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Russell Pond Conditions: Ranger Russ Porter reports that the trail is still intact but that the snow is crusty and the springs and streams are starting to open up. Be careful on the ice!

Snowmobile Trail Update: Please use caution if traveling in the area around Matagamon gate as there is a broken down UTV in the trail about 1/2 a mile from the gate.

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Like birdwatching? Turn your sightings into data for the Maine Bird Atlas!

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Maine Bird Atlas

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is pleased to announce that the Maine Breeding Bird Atlas has launched! Check out the website to learn about the atlas and how you can get involved:

2-22-18 North End Snow Conditions: Ranger Russ Porter shared these photos and reports that the warm temperatures resulted in minimal snow loss on trails but a substantial hardening of the snow-pack. Shell ice now covers South Branch Pond.

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Temperature: 15 Cloud Cover to: Clear
Wind speed: 0-6 mph
Direction: South
Previous 24 Hours ...
Temperature: High: 51 Low: 14
Precipitation: Type: Rain Amount: 0.03 inches
Snow Depth Estimate: 40 inches
Winter Snow Total: 96 inches

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2-21-18 Snow Condition Report: Snow in the southern portions of the park has settled a few inches and was the consistency of mashed potatoes yesterday. Slush was forming on the ponds and crossings will be poor until that can refreeze. The warm weather was enjoyed by several park users yesterday and appeared to have a greater effect on their fashion choices than on the snow conditions.

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Temperature: 48 Cloud Cover to: 4,900 feet
Wind speed: 5-10 mph
Direction: South
Previous 24 Hours ...
Temperature: High: 48 Low: 31
Precipitation: Type: Rain Amount: 0.97 inches
Snow Depth Estimate: 46 inches
Winter Snow Total: 96 inches

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Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Visiting Artist Program! Program and application information can be found here:

Overview Katahdin and the surrounding landscape have been capturing the imagination of artists and writers since the mid 1800’s, when famed American landscape artist Frederic Church began his visit…