Visits to Maine's state parks increased nearly eight percent last year, despite the wet summer and weak economy. State officials in Maine say it's the most number of visits to Maine's state parks in the past seven years.
State officials say 2.34 million visits were made to state parks such as Sebago Lake, Camden Hills and Mount Blue in 2009, compared with 2.18 million visits in 2008. It's the largest state park attendance in the past seven years, state officials say.
Several state parks saw a significant increase in the number of visitors, including Fort Point, where visits were up nearly 72 percent. Visitors also flocked in greater numbers to Kettle Cove, Damariscotta Lake, Quoddy Head, Holbrook Island, Bradbury Mountain, and Eagle Island.
The most popular campgrounds were Sebago Lake State Park with 84,173 overnight visits, Camden Hills State Park with 23,403 overnights, and Mount Blue with 21,337 overnights. Eight state campgrounds saw increases in nightly occupancy, with the greatest increases at Warren Island and Aroostook state parks.