NPS Proposes Adding Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument to its Reservation System

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The National Park Service (NPS) has recently proposed adding Katahdin Woods and Waters, located in Maine, to the NPS Reservation System at beginning in August 2021.

The reason for this proposed addition is the dramatic increase in visitation. With the higher number of visitors to the area, it makes a lot of sense for the Katahdin Woods and Waters to be added to the reservation system.

A 30-day public comment period will be open from June 14 through July 14, 2021. During that time comments can be submitted at the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website.

“Adding campsites, lean-tos and Haskell Hut to would improve trip planning and visitor enjoyment,” said Superintendent Tim Hudson. “Visitors planning trips to Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument during peak use times will benefit from seeing real-time availability and the ability to make reservations outside of standard business hours.”

Various Campsites and Lean-tos

The following sites are proposed for the reservation system:


  • Big Seboeis
  • Big Spring Brook Wes
  • Esker
  • Haskell Deadwater
  • Lunksoos
  • Pond Pitch West
  • Sandbank Stream
  • Stair Falls West
  • Upper East Branch
  • Wassataquoik


  • Grand Pitch
  • Katahdin Brook
  • Lunksoos
  • Wassataquoik

Huts: Haskell Hut (winter use only)

Currently, all campsites and lean-tos are first-come-first-serve spaces, so adding the reservation ability would help campers know what’s available and help the park plan resources and personnel.

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