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Cobscook Bay State Park

Cobscook Bay State Park
Maine State Park
Broad Cove in Cobscook Bay State Park at low tide
Country  United States
State  Maine
County Washington
Location Dennysville
 - coordinates 50|25|N|67|9|0|W|type:landmark_region:US-ME name=


Area 888 acres (359 ha)
Founded 1937 as part of Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge
Management Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands
IUCN category V - Protected Landscape/Seascape
Location of Cobscook Bay State Park in Maine

Cobscook Bay State Park is a state park, surrounded by the salt waters of Cobscook Bay, and located four miles (6 km) south of Dennysville, Maine. The park contains 888 acres (3.59 km2) of land and provides magnificent views of the ebb and flow of the tides. The name Cobscook is a Maliseet-Passamaquoddy word for boiling tides. Tides on average rises to 24 feet (7 m) high with some reaching as high as 28 feet (8.5 m). The park is a haven for bird watching with the park's over 200 species of birds, including the American Bald Eagle.[1] In Whiting Bay visitors can dig to gather clams, for the park is the only state park that allows visitors to engage in clamming. Cunningham Mountain provides an excellent vantage point for watching sunrise.[2]

The Park is located on land leased from the neighboring Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, a fact which caused controversy during the U.S. federal government shutdown in 2013 when Refuge personnel closed the Refuge and, by extension, the state park. The move was criticized by Governor Paul LePage who also stated that in the event of another shutdown, he would order the Washington County Sheriff to forcibly open Cobscook Bay State Park if necessary. [3]


From Dennysville, drive south on U.S. Route 1 for five miles (6 km).



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