Acadia fee station to open

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK—On May 1, the fee station at Sand Beach as well as the stations at the campgrounds and visitor centers will open for the summer season on May 1.

There are two changes compared to previous years. The park is now requiring that all passes – either a decal on the windshield or a hanging tag – be displayed at all times that vehicles are in the park. Previously the entrance fee was $10 per week in the spring and fall shoulder seasons, and $20 during the main season. All weekly entrance fees are now $20.

The park services estimates that increasing the weekly entrance fee to $20 during the shoulder season should generate an additional $225,000 annually – money that will be used to operate the Island Explorer, the free shuttle that transports residents and visitors to sites across the island and in the park.

Over the last several years, park staff has expanded efforts to inform visitors and residents about the importance of purchasing a park pass even if they do not physically pass through a fee station.

“Fee money has made it possible for us to improve facilities and programs that enhance the visitor experience,” said superintendent Sheridan Steele, “and our goal is to continue to find ways to accommodate residents and visitors and make them aware of Acadia’s unique qualities.”

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