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Aroostook State Park
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Aroostook State Park © Kathryn E. OConnell
Aroostook State Park © Kathryn E. OConnell
Aroostook State Park © Kathryn E. OConnell
Aroostook State Park © Kathryn E. OConnell
Aroostook State Park © Kathryn E. OConnell
Aroostook State Park © Kathryn E. OConnell
Aroostook State Park © Kathryn E. OConnell
Aroostook State Park © Kathryn E. OConnell
Aroostook State Park © Kathryn E. OConnell
Aroostook State Park Trail blazing © Kathryn E. OConnell
Aroostook State Park
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87 State Park Rd
Presque Isle, Maine   04769-5248
(lat:46.6155 lon:-68.0084) map location

Phone: 207 768-8341
Reservations: 800-332-1501
Aroostook State Park bears the distinct honor of being Maine's first state park. In 1938 interested citizens of Presque Isle donated 100 acres of land to the State of Maine, and following that gesture, the park became reality in 1939. Today the park totals nearly 800 acres thanks to subsequent donations and purchases.

Aroostook State Park is the ideal starting point for discovering the North Maine Woods, the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, and the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec. Encompassing Quaggy Jo Mountain and Echo Lake, the park offeres a unique chance to study our geologic past. In fact, Quaggy Jo is the shortened form of its Indian name, Qua Qua Jo which translates to twin peaked.
1. Aroostook State Park offers swimming in Echo Lake, a pristine freshwater lake.
2. Lifeguards are not always present; swim at your own risk.
3. The park provides changing facilities near the beach area for swimmers' convenience.
4. Swimming is allowed from sunrise to sunset throughout summer months and early fall season.
5. Canoeing or kayaking can also be combined with swimming activities on Echo Lake.

The park offers a variety of boating options for visitors. Echo Lake, located within the park boundaries, allows motorized and non-motorized boats with public boat launch available. Canoeing is also popular on this lake due to its calm waters. Additionally, South Shore Brook Pond provides opportunities for canoeing or kayaking in a serene environment surrounded by nature.
Enjoy fishing in two freshwater bodies, Echo Lake and Presque Isle Stream. Species include brook trout, landlocked salmon and smelt. Ice-fishing is popular during winter months on the lake. Fishing gear rentals are available for convenience.

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Aroostook State Park offers picnic tables and grills near Echo Lake. Visitors can enjoy scenic views while eating outdoors.
In Northern Maine, a park offers various bicycling options. Be aware that trails range from easy to challenging.

Mountain biking is popular here due to the rugged terrain and scenic views. Caution should be exercised on steep paths.

The South Peak trail provides an intense uphill ride for experienced bikers; it's not recommended for beginners or casual riders.

For less strenuous rides, consider Quoggy Jo Loop Trail which has gentle slopes but still requires careful navigation around rocks and roots.

During winter months, fat tire bikes are allowed on groomed snowmobile tracks - remember safety gear in icy conditions!

Always wear helmets while riding as some areas can have loose gravel leading to potential falls.

Remember: respect wildlife by keeping distance and leaving no trace behind you during your cycling adventure!
Birdwatchers can enjoy spotting a variety of species including warblers, sparrows and hawks. The park's diverse habitats such as wetlands, forests and fields attract different bird types. Birding is best during spring migration season but offers opportunities year-round. Visitors may also participate in organized bird walks led by experienced guides.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
February 6 hiking & skiing
park review stars; one to five So glad this park is close to home. I love the hike and the cross country ski trail
March 7
park review stars; one to five
November 10 The Best cross country trails!! by Born to ski
park review stars; one to five It is sooo quiet in the park when I ski there I know I can hear the snow flakes fall!! Absolutely beautiful!!
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