WINTER HARBOR — The long-anticipated opening of the new Schoodic Woods Campground, which will be operated by the National Park Service, is scheduled to take place Tuesday, Sept. 1.
On Wednesday, Sept. 2, U.S. Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) is scheduled to be on hand for the ribbon cutting.
Also speaking at the opening ceremony at 3 p.m. Sept. 2 at the new ranger station will be Acadia National Park Superintendent Sheridan Steele and Mark Berry, president and CEO of the Schoodic Institute.
The event is open to the public and visitors will be invited to tour the campground following the speakers’ comments.
Berry will make a presentation about the Schoodic Institute at the campground amphitheater at 4:30 p.m.
The campground will be open until Columbus Day weekend and campers will be given spots on a first come, first served basis.
Schoodic Woods includes 33 sites for RVs, 50 sites for tents and smaller campers, nine hike-to sites and two group camping sites that hold about 25 campers each.
Next year the campground will be open from Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day weekend. Reservations can be made through the National Park Service website.
The campground is owned by Schoodic Woods LLC, which is comprised of Lyme Timber Co. of Hanover, N.H., and a private family foundation.
Acadia Park Planner John Kelly said the park service has no idea how many campers will appear on Sept. 1.
The two Acadia campgrounds on Mount Desert Island — Blackwoods and Seawall — opened in the 1930s.
“Your guess is as good as mine,” Kelly said of the possible camper turnout Sept. 1.
Limited parking for the ribbon cutting is available in the campground parking lot.
Satellite parking will be available at the Masonic Lodge and the Winter Harbor town office on School Street.
The Island Explorer will provide free, continuous shuttle service between the satellite parking and campground from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.