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Helpful Hints for Total Eclipse on April 8

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Get ready for the total eclipse next month, thanks to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and


  • Expect a high volume of traffic. Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle.
  • Do not rely on GPS in rural locations.
  • It is advisable to stay on paved roads due to mud season.
  • Cell phone coverage is unreliable in remote areas.


  • Maine State Park campgrounds are closed in April.
  • Baxter State Park will be closed to camping.
  • Katahdin trails will be closed.
  • None of the campsites or access roads are maintained during the winter months in the North Maine Woods and are inaccessible without causing damage to the privately owned roads. Attempting access presents a high likelihood of getting stuck in a remote area along with a host of other hazards.

Private Land

  • All outdoor recreational users rely heavily on the generosity of Maine’s private landowners who allow access to their property. As you venture out to enjoy the eclipse in Maine, it is imperative that you respect landowners!
  • Always ask for permission whether or not there are signs requesting that you do so.
  • Know your boundaries, and always leave the land as you found it, if not better.
  • ATV trails in Maine are not open to riding and landowner permission is required to operate ATVs off-trail.

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