Last week's storm caused damage at state parks from the midcoast all the way to the Moosehead region.
Walkways at Popham Beach State Park were torn up by last week's storm, but the parking lot and bathhouses were not damaged. Credit: Courtesy of Margot Carpenter / Maine Public

The winter storm that pummeled Maine late last week left damage at some of Maine’s state parks.

Andy Cutko, director of the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, visited Popham Beach State Park on Wednesday, and he said he had thought the damage would be worse.

“I was expecting it to be quite severe,” he said. “We definitely sustained minor-to-moderate dune erosion, but the parking lot’s intact, the bathhouse is intact, and I was actually impressed at how resilient a system it is.”

Cutko said the storm underscores the importance of preserving dunes, which protect coastal areas during storms. He said state crews also are assessing damage to a bridge at Reid State Park, and erosion at Ferry Beach and Crescent Beach state parks.

Inland parks also were affected by the storm. At Lily Bay State Park on Moosehead Lake, Cutko said more than 80 trees are down across trails and roads. Trails at Sebago Lake State Park also are blocked by downed trees, as are many snowmobile trails.

He said chainsaw crews will be working over the next few weeks to clear trails and roads in the parks.

This article appears through a media partnership with Maine Public.