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Mainland Area, Bear Island Re-opened Day Use Only   

The visitor center and the mainland area reopened on October 1, 2018. The 0.5-mile loop TRACK Trail on the mainland reopened on October 20, 2018. The kayak launch is closed, and kayak trails remain closed. The boat ramp remains closed. Bear Island is open for day use only. Huggins Island and Jones Island are both closed. There is no ferry service for the rest of the season. All campsites closed through December 31, 2018. Please see Bear Island Current Information for campsite reopening information.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, October 24, 2018

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The peace of the woods, the crackle of the campfire, trying different s'mores recipes — who amongst us doesn't love camping? From its past as a necessary part of exploration to its present status as an excursion and break from our daily lives, camping is something that is held near and dear by most people who do it. Whether you enjoy camping in a van or living out of a backpack for a week, camping is personal and treasured by us all. In this podcast, we discuss everything from wearing socks while sleeping to a perfect camping environment. Join Rangers Jess and Crystal and guest Ranger Brian as we discuss the finer side of camping and maybe even share a couple of our favorite camping hacks to make your experience even better.


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