Cobscook Bay State Park

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Cobscook Bay State Park
Maine State Park
Broadcove low.jpg
Broad Cove in Cobscook Bay State Park at low tide
Country  United States
State  Maine
County Washington
Township Edmunds (unorganized)
Elevation 43 ft (13 m) [1]
Coordinates 44°50′29″N 67°09′01″W / 44.84139°N 67.15028°W / 44.84139; -67.15028Coordinates: 44°50′29″N 67°09′01″W / 44.84139°N 67.15028°W / 44.84139; -67.15028 [1]
Area 888 acres (359 ha)
Established 1964 [2]
Management Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
IUCN category V - Protected Landscape/Seascape
Location in Maine
Website: Cobscook Bay State Park

Cobscook Bay State Park is a Maine state park surrounded on three sides by the salt waters of Cobscook Bay. It is located of U.S. Route 1 approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) south of Dennysville and 6 miles (9.7 km) north of Whiting. The park contains 888 acres (359 ha) of land and provides magnificent views of the ebb and flow of the tides. The name Cobscook is a Maliseet-Passamaquoddy word for boiling tides. Tides on average rises to 24 feet (7 m) high with some reaching as high as 28 feet (8.5 m). The park is a haven for bird watching with the park's over 200 species of birds, including the American bald eagle.[2] In Whiting Bay visitors can dig to gather clams, for the park is the only state park that allows visitors to engage in clamming. Cunningham Mountain provides an excellent vantage point for watching sunrise.[3]

In the news[edit]

The park is located on land leased from the neighboring Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, a fact which caused controversy during the U.S. federal government shutdown in 2013 when refuge personnel closed the refuge and, by extension, the state park. The move was criticized by Governor Paul LePage, who stated that in the event of another shutdown, he would order the Washington County Sheriff to forcibly open Cobscook Bay State Park if necessary.[4]



  1. ^ a b "Cobscook Bay State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ a b "Cobscook Bay State Park". Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ National Geographic Guide to the State Parks of the United States. National Geographic Society. ISBN 9781426208898. 
  4. ^ Cox, Tim (October 18, 2013). "LePage vows Cobscook Bay State Park won’t be closed by federal action again". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 

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