87 State Park Road
Presque Isle, ME 04769
Operation Dates: Open All Year
WELCOME to Aroostook
Aroostook State Park bears the distinct honor of being Maine's
first state park. In 1938 interested citizens of Presque Isle donated
100 acres of land to the State of Maine, and following that gesture,
the park became reality in 1939. Today the park totals nearly 800
acres thanks to subsequent donations and purchases.
State Park is the ideal starting point for discovering the North Maine
Woods, the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, and the Canadian provinces of
New Brunswick and Quebec. Encompassing Quaggy Jo Mountain and Echo
Lake, the park offeres a unique chance to study our geologic past. In
fact, Quaggy Jo is the shortened form of its Indian name, Qua Qua Jo
which translates to twin peaked.
Echo Lake, west off U.S. Route 1, south of Presque Isle
Campsites, a showerhouse, and a beach with a lifeguard are provided
A kitchen shelter built with loon license plate money can
be used by campers daily during the summer season. Please contact the
park for information on group use of the kitchen shelter. Echo Lake is
stocked with Brook Trout and public boat access is available.
trails and canoe and paddleboat rentals are popular activities.
Groomed cross-country ski trails are available in the winter. G roomed
snowmobile trails also cross through the park.
Forests and Wildlife
The park's natural areas are typical of northern Maine. Its forest
consists mainly of a mixture of spruce, fir, beech and maple. Cedar
stands can be found in low, swampy areas.
While squirrels and
chipmunks are most frequently seen, fox deer, moose and bear also call
the park home. Hawks, owls, woodpeckers and birds of all kind are
found at Aroostook State Park.
Hiking on nearby Quaggy Jo Mountain and trout fishing on Echo Lake are
popular local activities.
North Peak Trail: (1.25 miles) Starts at the day-use parking area.
Scenic views through upland hardwoods and conifers.
North-South Peak Ridge Trail: (1 mile) This trail meanders along
the ridge between the two peaks through areas with diverse forest
South-Peak Trail: (.75 mile) Steep and rugged, but an interesting
climb starting from the campground and following a rocky outcrop to
The 4 mile cross-country ski trail can also be used as a summer
hiking trail. Some of the Park trails leave park property, and
abutting land owners have given permission to the visiting public to
access the land. Please respect landowners' rights as well as their
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