You are planning to go camping at Baxter State Park (BSP) for the first time and worry about making a reservation for your trip. You love camping at Baxter State Park but previously encountered some difficulties in booking or unsuccessful booking situations. The following article is for you.
I will provide you some necessary information as well as steps to make the most suitable reservation for your camping at Baxter State Park.
How To Make A Summer Reservation
When making a reservation at Baxter State Park in the summer, there are two booking timelines that you need to keep in mind: January 16th to June 15th and after June 15th.
FROM JANUARY 16TH TO JUNE 15TH
If you are going to camp during this time, follow these steps.
STEP 1: Check your schedule to find the nearest date to make the reservation:
All of your summer reservations will be displayed through the 4 Month Rolling Reservation system. BSP allows you to freely choose the start date of your reservation from January 16th to June 15th within the four-month window of your camping starting date.
STEP 2: Check what campsites or cabins are available:
To make sure you have a suitable campsite and refer to the area you want to camp in advance, visit the Reservation System Page.
When you visit, the page will display the campground’s name and the map for you to choose the most suitable campsite. The available cabin positions and the campsite locations will be displayed so that you can consider the desired location.
STEP 3: Make a reservation:
There are many ways to have your room reserved. You can go directly to the Reservation office at Baxter State Park. The office is open to guests from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm from Monday to Friday, except holidays. Especially from Memorial weekend through Columbus weekend, the office will be open seven days a week during this time.
Also, you can register by mail. You can make a camping reservation up to 7 days in advance of your start date. Please pay attention to check the reservation chart to select an appropriate date. You then download the reservation form and fill out the information then send it to Baxter State Park.
Besides, you have to book via number 207- 723- 5140. Please check the nearest date you want to make a reservation and call the phone number above to book.
Another shared way of making a reservation that you can try is online registration. To register online, you access the Reservation system, then create an account and perform the actions that the website instructs to complete the reservation.
You need to prepare information related to Credit card number, park or campsite preferences (check Reservation chart), arrival and departure date. In addition, you will have to provide some other personal information such as your name, address, phone number, email address. You also have to give the tent/ RV equipment type when you come to register.
You must make a reservation within four months from the end of your trip for online booking. Online Reservation chart makes it easier to pick the date for your booking.
Almost all camping site reservations can be made online. Some attractions include Chimney Pond, Russell Pond, Davis Pond, Wassataquoik Lake Island, which are not applicable for online booking. Buckhouse spaces, group sites, and accessible sites must be registered directly at the office.
AFTER JUNE 16TH:
After June 16th, campers can make a reservation at any time. You can make reservations via phone, email, offline and online registration. The steps are the same as above. Don’t forget to check the availability of campsites on the Reservation system.
One note that campers must remember is that pets should not be brought to the campsite. Oversize vehicles and motorbikes are also not allowed on grounds.
Reservation Limits and other policies
This is a significant prompt to know when making a reservation.
Baxter State Park will arrange and guarantee the accommodation and facilities for you for one or more nights of your stay. You can book up to 7 nights per campsite and up to 14 days for a total duration.
Children of all ages will be counted as an individual. It would be best if you informed the reservationist about the number of people at the party so that the Park can ensure a suitable living space.
If you book two nights or more, your reservation will only be held until 4:00 pm starting from the first night you make a reservation.
Groups of 13 or more people will be counted toward the group area.
Each group camping five or more people will be able to visit the Chimney Pond Campground once between July and August.
David Pond is only allowed to stay one night and must book one day in advance at Russell Pond and Chimney Pond Campground.
The Reservation for Wassataquoik Lake Island is valid for a maximum of 2 nights, and you must register the night before at Russell Pond or Chimney Pond Campground.
How To Make A Winter Reservation
Time for Winter Reservation
What time can you book winter camping in advance? What time is Winter Reservation? Is the booking in the winter different from the summer? These are the questions that we often meet when making a reservation at Baxter State Park.
Winter Camping Reservation at BSP will be counted from the first day of October. You can start registering the first working room in October.
The BSP’s office works from Monday to Friday every Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm to serve you. Your room must be reserved seven days in advance of your camping trip.
Steps to make winter reservations.
STEP 1. Check the availability
Before you have your room reversed, you need to check the availability of these campsites or cabins at your desired location.
Check your schedule to ensure your camping site will not be entirely at that time. Give yourself as many options as possible. You can check the availability on BSP’s Reservation online page.
During the time you camp in BSP in winter, the Park will give you some items to enjoy your amazing trips more. Please check the Winter Camping Page to see the item suggested for each campsite.
STEP 2. Fill out the form.
After deciding the appropriate time and place, you download the Forms reservation and fill in the form.
If you want to register directly, don’t forget to print your completed form before going to the Baxter State Park Headquarter office.
A note to avoid confusion for you is that there are two types of registration forms: one for camping in couples or groups and another for anyone who wants to go solo. Be careful when downloading the form not to choose the wrong form.
You need to determine the total number of members in the party to select the appropriate area in the cabin. Remember that children of all ages will still count as an individual so please consider the number so that Baxter State Park can serve you best.
STEP 3. Make winter reservation
This is an important step, so there are some things you need to note.
When you book a room, you should pay attention to the appropriate payment. You can check this information on the Fee Page.
If you register via mail, make sure your envelope must be stamped and include your address. Envelope size must be legal or business size.
You can make a reservation via mail or go directly to the office to register in person. Online reservations will not be supported this time.
Reservation must be placed seven days in advance. Therefore, you must calculate the appropriate date to make registration. The address of the Baxter State Park headquarters is printed on the reservation form.
One other thing to note is the first working day of October is the start date that allows winter reserving registration.
It would help if you asked the clerk for check-in time and check-out time to avoid confusion as well as penalties when receiving or leaving at the wrong time. If you want to check- in sooner or check- out later than expected, please inform the clerk to be answered and provided accordingly.
Last but not least, you must notify the policies and procedures for campers visiting in the winter. Baxter Park in winter is a wild location full of majestic scenes and breathtaking landscapes. However, there will also be some positions with potential dangers in some areas.
Therefore, to ensure safety as well as your camping experience, please follow our Winter Visitor Policies and Procedures. We offer guidelines, suggestions as well as necessary tips for visitors when camping in the winter at BSP
How To Make A Parking Reservation
Finding a parking spot on vacations or in crowded places is always a nightmare. Therefore, parking reservation is always a solution that many tourists choose to make things easier.
To facilitate visitors finding and choosing a suitable parking location, BSP has developed the Day Use Parking Reservation (DUPR) system.
Making parking reservations guide
Here, I will share some things you need to know to use this system.
People living in Maine can sign up for the DUPR system any time starting April 1st. You need to bring your driver’s license and completed registration form to the office.
For visitors who are not Maine residents, you must register up to 2 weeks in advance before the date you intend to start camping.
Reserving with the DUPR system is valid up to 3 times per month for all visitors.
When using DUPR, you will be charged $ 5.00 for each use.
You should update the availability of DUPR every day to ensure that you will find the right parking slot at the time you start your trip. You can check the current parking status and register online.
For Katahdin hikers, BSP will accept all DUPR registration calls until 3:00 pm the day before.
After 3:00 pm, all information regarding the parking status will be updated to Park’s Hiker Information Line. You can contact 027-723-4636 for parking information.
Also, you can check online for the number of reserved spaces or empty by the next day.
Once the Tongue Gate is open, unreserved slots are open to all visitors. Visitors who arrive first will be allowed to use the available parking spaces first.
Your pre-booked parking position will be effective from 7:00 am on the day you start your trip. You must be present by 7:00 am to take your DUPR spot. If you are late, the system will cancel your subscription and reserve the vacant position for future visitors.
As the system is still under development, for now, The Day Use Park Reservation will only support visitors climbing Katahdin.
If you have any difficulty or trouble regarding making park reservations or have questions about your in-day parking, please contact 207-723-4636 for assistance.
Since DUPR is currently only available for Katahdin parking, all parking lots in other areas will be operated according to the first-come, first-serve rule. It would be best to take note of this information to arrange a time to arrive early and pick a good parking spot.