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Baxter State Park Winter Rules
Baxter State Park Authority
State of Maine

Dear Friend:
Thank you for your interest in visiting Baxter State Park during the winter season.

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.

These procedures and guidelines are necessary because of the potential dangers associated with use in remote areas with arctic winter conditions. Please read the enclosed RULES AND REGULATIONS AND ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES GOVERNING WINTER ACTIVITIES before applying to the Park Director for special winter use permits; changes in practice and policy are incorporated each year.

The winter season in Baxter State Park runs from December 1 - April 1. Reservations for overnight use of Park facilities may be obtained from the Reservation Clerk at Park Headquarters, through the mail or in person, from November 1st to March 15th. All information requested (Trip Itinerary with the list of party members, Certifications of Physical Fitness for all Party members and Certifications of Training and Experience for both the Leader and alternate leaders along with the appropriate fee) must be received by the Reservation Clerk. The trip leader or co-leaders are responsible for gathering all certifications necessary for each party member. THE REQUESTED INFORMATION AND FEES MUST ACCOMPANY ALL RESERVATION REQUESTS.


All reservations, payments and refund for each party will be processed through the Trip Leader. Money Orders or bank checks must be used for the payment of camping fees. ALL PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE RETURNED. Request for refunds must be received at least seven (7) days in advance of the reservation date. A $25.00 fee will be charged for each refund requested. Should your application not be accepted by the Director, the remittance will be refunded in full.

There are four types of winter activity in the Park:

DAY USE: Primarily cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the Togue Pond and Matagamon area. No special permission is required. Day-users are requested to check in and out at the self-registration box at the gate or Headquarters (by phone, if more convenient).

Snowmobiles are allowed in the Park in restricted areas. See attached Rules, #21.

WINTER CAMPING AND HIKING: Camping in authorized campsites: Lean-to's, tent sites, bunkhouses, cabins, picnic areas; skiing and snowshoeing below timberline.

TECHNICAL CLIMBING: Any trip off marked trails, above timberline, or across Knife Edge, as well as ice or snow climbing.

ALPINE SKIING: Any use of skis above timberline. Winter fees are as follows: (Revised 1992)

  • Tent sites $8.00/person/night
  • Lean-to's $8.00/person/night
  • Bunkhouse* $13.00/person/night
  • *except Chimney Pond $25.00/person/night
  • Cabin (Daicey & Kidney Pond) $20.00/person/night

The following information is provided to help you in your trip planning:

The public highway leading to the South Entrance of the Park (Togue Pond Gate) from Millinocket is plowed as far as Millinocket Lake, where parking area is provided. Winter visitors to Baxter State Park are advised to take the "Golden Road" from Millinocket Lake for 10 miles and park in the provided parking area near Abol Bridge on the West Branch of the Penobscot River. Bowater/Great Northern does not allow parking at any other points along their road.

The public highway leading to the North Entrance of the park from Patten (Rt. 159) is plowed as far as the Matagamon parking lot about 1/4 mile beyond the bridge over the East Branch of the Penobscot River.

All Park visitors are encouraged to stop at Baxter State Park Headquarters, off Route 157 in Millinocket (right next to McDonald's), for the latest Park and weather information. Headquarters hours are 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. Monday-Friday. Finally, if there is any further help we can give to assist in trip preparation or planning, please don't hesitate to write or call.

Irvin C. Caverly, Jr.
Baxter State Park
Recommendations for winter visitors.


  • Millinocket - Millinocket Lake 10 miles
  • Millinocket Lake - Abol Bridge (parking) 10 miles
  • Abol Bridge to Abol Beach 1.5 miles
  • Abol Bridge to Togue Pond via Old Road/Snowmobile Trail 6 miles
  • Abol Bridge to Togue Pond via Abol Beach & perimeter rd. 4 miles
  • Togue Pond to Roaring Brook 8 miles
  • Roaring Brook to Chimney Pond 3.3 miles
  • Roaring Brook to Russell Pond via Russell Pd. trail 7.2 miles
  • Russell Pond to Pogy Pond 3.7 miles
  • Russell Pond to South Branch Pond 9.6 miles
  • Togue Pond to Abol Campground 5.7 miles
  • Abol Campground to Katahdin Stream Campground 2.0 miles
  • Katahdin Stream to Daicey via road system 3.6 miles
  • Katahdin Stream to Kidney via road system 4.1 miles
  • Katahdin Stream to Nesowadnehunk Field Campground 9.1 miles
  • Nesowadnehunk Field Campground to South Branch Campground (via perimeter and spur road) 19.3 miles
  • South Branch Pond Campground to Trout Brook Farm Campground 7 miles
  • Trout Brook Farm Campground to Matagamon parking lot 4.2 miles
  • Nesowadnehunk Field Campground to McCarty Field bunkhouse via perimeter road and Dwelly Pond trail 9.8 miles
  • South Branch Campground to McCarty Field bunkhouse via perimeter road and the McCarty Field spur road 10.8 miles
  • Daicey Spur Road 1.5 miles
  • Kidney Spur Road 1.5 miles
  • South Branch Spur Road 2.3 miles
NOTE: Obviously, the time required to complete any mileage in the winter is enormously variable. Try to factor in changes in snow/ice conditions, elevation gains, trail-breaking exertion, group experience, etc., when planning your trip. Then add a healthy margin for the unexpected: equipment failure, illness and other assorted wilderness challenges.

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

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