Cobscook Bay State Park

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Cobscook Bay State Park
Maine State Park
Low tide
High tide
Broad Cove in Cobscook Bay State Park
Country  United States
State  Maine
County Washington
Territory East Central Washington
Township Edmunds
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 871 acres (352 ha) [2]
Established 1964 [3]
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 public recreation area occupying 888 acres (359 ha) on the western shore of Cobscook Bay in Washington County, Maine. The park offers a view of dramatically changing tides that on average can rise to 24 feet (7.3 m) high with some reaching as high as 28 feet (8.5 m). The name Cobscook is a Maliseet-Passamaquoddy word for boiling tides. The state park is located on Whiting Bay approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) south of Dennysville and 6 miles (9.7 km) north of Whiting. It is managed by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.[3]


The park was created in 1964 when the Federal government offered to lease to the state of Maine lands that remain part of Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge. The long-term agreement was arranged at no cost to the state.[3][4]

Activities and amenities[edit]

The park offers hiking trails, picnicking, camping, boat launch, and bird watching. Over 200 species of birds have been noted, including the American bald eagle.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Cobscook Bay State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "Outdoors in Maine: State Parks, Public Lands, and Historic Sites" (PDF). Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. September 2016. Retrieved August 9, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Cobscook Bay State Park". Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ When the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge was closed during the U.S. federal government shutdown of 2013, the state park was effectively closed as well, which prompted Governor Paul LePage to declare he would order the sheriff to use force to keep the park open should another shutdown occur. (See 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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