The Governor has declared a "Resident Fee Holiday" period!"

According to a press release from the Governor's Office today, "Governor Paul R. LePage has signed a financial order granting Maine residents free day use of Maine State Parks and Historic Sites from Saturday, August 11 through Monday, September 3. This action is taken in recognition of public support for Maine State Parks after record-breaking attendance levels beginning in 2010."

Very nice!  Picnic time!  So, make sure that you arrive in a vehicle with Maine license plates on it, and you're home free!

There will be free admittance to the following State Parks: Androscoggin Riverlands, Aroostook, Birch Point, Bradbury Mountain, Camden Hills, Cobscook Bay, Colburn House, Colonial Pemaquid, Crescent Beach, Damariscotta Lake, Eagle Island, Ferry Beach, Fort Edgecomb, Fort Kent, Fort McClary,  Fort Point, Fort Popham, Fort Pownall, Fort O'Brien, Grafton Notch, Holbrook Island, Lamoine, Lake St George, Lily Bay, Moose Point, Mt Blue, Owls Head Light, Peaks-Kenny, Popham Beach, Quoddy Head, Range Pond, Rangeley Lake, Reid, Roque Bluffs, Two Lights, Sebago Lake, Shackford Head, Swan Lake, Vaughan Woods, Warren Island and Wolfe's Neck Woods.

Camping fees will still be collected.  Free admission does not apply to these locations:  Acadia National Park, the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Baxter State Park, Peacock Beach, the Maine Wildlife Park, Scarborough Beach State Park, Swan Island, Fort Knox Historic Site, the Penobscot River Corridor or the Penobscot Narrows Observatory in Prospect and Songo Lock.

"Maine State Parks and Historic Sites have experienced record-breaking attendance in recent years," said Governor LePage. "Our park staff have worked very hard to enhance the visitor experience with new offerings, year-round events and educational programs for all ages. Public support has never been higher. This is our way of saying thank you to the Maine people. Please take this opportunity to visit a Maine State Park or Historic Site and make some memories with family and friends."

More information on Maine State Parks can be found HERE!