Category: state agencies
Goals: To acquire, design, construct, operate, maintain, and interpret state parks; preserve, operate and interpret state historic sites; and provide and manage public facilities for boats, ATVs, and snowmobiles. To provide multiple-use management for all of the state's public reserved lands and submerged lands that are held in trust for the benefit of the public.
Boating Facilities Development Division - boat launch facilities on saltwater; Operations and Maintenance - access to significant natural and historic areas; Planning and Research - inventory of park/recreational facilities in coastal towns; Submerged Lands Program - manage submerged lands for public benefit including fishing, fowling, navigation, and recreation. The Bureau is authorized to grant leases for dredging, filling, erection of permanent structures, and installation of cables and pipelines on submerged lands owned by the state. Coastal Island Registry - review titles to determine private vs. state ownership; and maintain maps and records identifying all islands. Island Recreation Program - manage program to provide public with dispersed recreational opportunities on state-owned islands.
Sixty-three boat launch sites on saltwater; 14 coastal parks with hiking, picnicking, camping, swimming, fishing, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing; interpretive programs for groups and the general public at Ferry Beach, Wolfe's Neck Woods, and Holbrook Island Sanctuary; 10 coastal historic sites; guided tours, outreach programs, and free publications, such as Outdoors in Maine, and Your Islands on the Coast. Knowledge of state ownership in tidal waters and great ponds; assistance in processing applications that involve these resources; grant leases and easements for appropriate use of state-owned submerged lands; official maps with island registry numbers for all coastal islands; records of state vs. private ownership; and natural resource information on some islands managed by BPL.
Resources: see above
County: Cumberland Hancock Kennebec Knox Lincoln Penobscot Sagadahoc Waldo Washington York
Region: southwest coast Casco Bay midcoast Mt. Desert Island downeast central