Cobscook Bay State Park
|Cobscook Bay State Park|
|Maine State Park|
|Territory||East Central Washington|
|Elevation||43 ft (13 m) |
|Area||871 acres (352 ha) |
|Management||Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry|
|IUCN category||V - Protected Landscape/Seascape|
|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.
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.
Activities and amenities
- "Cobscook Bay State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
- "Outdoors in Maine: State Parks, Public Lands, and Historic Sites" (PDF). Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. September 2016. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
- "Cobscook Bay State Park". Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
- 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.)