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BAXTER STATE PARK
DAY USE REGULATIONS

No special permission is required for day use below tree line. However, in the interest of public safety we strongly discourage people from traveling alone in the winter; party size of at least 2 is strongly recommended, 3 or 4 is better! Day users are requested to check in and out at Park gates, volunteer registration points or Park Headquarters, by phone if more convenient. This is for the safety of users in the event of an accident or emergency and helps us keep statistics on Park use.

The following equipment is strongly recommended as a minimum for all cross-country ski or snowshoe trips in the Park:

  1. Topographic or trail map;
  2. Compass;
  3. Sunglasses or goggles;
  4. First aid kit;
  5. Matches in waterproof container;
  6. Flashlight;
  7. Appropriate clothing for rapid weather changes;
  8. Spare ski tip for cross-country skis;
  9. Ax.

WINTER USE CLASSIFICATION POLICY

1. Objective:
To reduce personal injury to the public users of Baxter State Park during the winter camping season by using a daily coding system based on current weather and projected weather forecasts.

2. Coding System:

a. Green - Weather conditions favorable for day-use and climbing.
b. Yellow - Weather conditions favorable but changing. Weather forecast implies deteriorating conditions. Use caution in Park use.
c. Red* - Park use restricted or terminated when:
1. Actual temperature is -30 degrees F or colder.
2. Wind chill is -50 degrees F or colder.
3. Rain/sleet conditions exist.
*Campers in outlying campgrounds are restricted to bunkhouse facilities.
All overnight users of Baxter State Park will stop at Park Headquarters in Millinocket, or the closest manned Ranger station, for weather forecast and code-day information.

One (1) outdoor thermometer and one (1) wind chill chart are necessary equipment for winter camping parties.

Baxter State Park
64 Balsam Drive
Millinocket, Me. 04462
(207) 723-5140




Baxter State Park - Baxter State Park is in the heart of Maine, with Mt. Katahdin as its crown jewel. Hiking, climbing and other recreational activities await you in Baxter State Park.

Winter Rules - The Baxter State Park Authority has developed a set of procedures and guidelines for winter use in an effort to assist Park users in planning trips to Baxter State Park, to promote safety of all persons using the Park and to protect the Baxter State Park Authority and its staff from unnecessary search and rescue efforts.

Day Use Regulations - No special permission is required for day use below tree line. However, in the interest of public safety we strongly discourage people from traveling alone in the winter; party size of at least 2 is strongly recommended, 3 or 4 is better! Day users are requested to check in and out at Park gates, volunteer registration points or Park Headquarters, by phone if more convenient. This is for the safety of users in the event of an accident or emergency and helps us keep statistics on Park use.

Technical Climbing - Get the latest in rules and regulations before you head out on a climb.

Winter Camping Regulations - Camping in the winter is not for everyone, so check this page before you venture out to the Park for a winter camping adventure.

Administrative Procedures Governing Winter Activities - The Baxter State Park Authority encourages winter use of the Park; but is vitally concerned with the safety of winter visitors. Users of the Park in the winter must comply with the Rules and Regulations of the Park.

Recommendations For Winter Visitors - Food, not clothing, is the source of your heat, so a diet high in carbohydrates, along with some fats, is recommended. Dry foods, such as pasta, rice and powdered potatoes, cheeses, and freeze dried meals are good choices because of their light weight.

Alpine Skiing Regulations - Get the latest in rules and regulations before you head out on a climb.

Day Use Hiking Guide - Those of us who work for Baxter State Park cherish the land we manage and hope you will strive to respect both the land and its inhabitants during your visit here.

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