Aroostook State Park

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Aroostook State Park
Maine State Park
Country  United States
State  Maine
County Aroostook
City Presque Isle
Elevation 978 ft (298 m) [1]
Coordinates 46°36′13″N 68°00′39″W / 46.60361°N 68.01083°W / 46.60361; -68.01083Coordinates: 46°36′13″N 68°00′39″W / 46.60361°N 68.01083°W / 46.60361; -68.01083 [1]
Area 904 acres (366 ha) [2]
Established 1938 [3]
Management Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
Location in Maine
Website: Aroostook State Park

Aroostook State Park is a 904-acre (366 ha) protected area of Aroostook County, Maine. Located off U.S. Route 1 on the south side of Presque Isle, the park encompasses Quaggy Jo Mountain and Echo Lake. "Quaggy Jo" is an altered version of the mountain's Native American name, "Qua Qua Jo," which means "twin-peaked."[3]

History[edit]

The park was formed in 1938 as the first of Maine's state parks three years after the creation of the Maine State Park Commission. It was formed through the donation of 100 acres (40 ha) of land by local businesspeople. In 2009, the park was expanded with the addition of 145.6 acres (58.9 ha), which cost the Department of Conservation $60,000.[2]

Activities and amenities[edit]

The park offers a 30-site campground, boating, swimming, fishing, birding, hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Aroostook State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ a b Lynds, Jen (September 15, 2010). "Land to be added to state park in PI". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Aroostook State Park". Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 

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