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Campgrounds open soon at Spednic Lake, Gravel Island and Scot Brook - Apr. 10, 2014


St. Stephen
The St. Croix International Waterway Commission will open its campgrounds at Spednic Lake, Gravel Island, and Scott Brook on May 23.
The SCIWC, a non-profit organization, manages and maintains additional over 50 campsites and boat launches throughout the waterway on behalf of Maine and New Brunswick.
Abby Pond, executive director of SCIWC, said campsite rates, rules, and reservation policies have been updated in order to improve campersí experiences and to allow the commission to better manage the campgrounds.
Pond said the commissionís non-serviced campsites are a great place base for canoeing, tubing, fishing and kayaking adventures. Due to the remoteness of the area electricity, dumping and water services are not available at these campgrounds but vault toilets are provided. Firewood and maps are also available to purchase from staff.
Pond said these sites have become increasingly popular and reservations are highly recommended, particularly for weekends and holidays. Remote, water-only access sites in Maine and New Brunswick are available for free on a first-come, first-serve basis, as they have been in the past.
Campers can make reservations either through the online reservation system beginning at 9 a.m. April 14 at http://www.stcroix.org/what-we-do/programs/recreation/make-a-reservation or by telephone, beginning May 5, at (506)784-6815.
Monthly and seasonal rates are available to those who wish to camp at Spednic Lake Provincial Park. Anyone interested is asked to contact Pond at 466-7550. Pond said a draw will take place April 14 to select those who will be successful in their applications for an allocated site there.
Those successful in the draw will be notified immediately. If an allocated site is not booked as a seasonal site, it will become available for daily reservations. This new method of allocating long-term bookings was adopted to create transparency and ensure fairness.