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    Acadia

    National Park Maine

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  • Carriage Roads Closed

    All park carriage roads are closed until further notice to prevent damage during the spring thaw. For more information: (207) 288-3338

  • Trail Closures: Peregrine Falcon Nesting

    Precipice Cliff and Valley Cove areas are closed to all public entry until further notice for peregrine falcon nesting season. More »

  • Blackwoods Campground is open

    Blackwoods Campground is open and is sites are available by self-registration at the campground. More »

  • 2014 Season Openings

    Park Loop Rd, Cadillac Mountain Rd, & Hulls Cove Visitor Center is open. Call (207) 288-3338 or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AcadiaNPS) for more information More »

  • Jordan Pond boat ramp parking lot is closed for construction

    It's scheduled to reopen on June 28. There may be intermittent openings at the discretion of the contractor. The North Lot parking area will remain open for access to the Jordan Pond House Restaurant & hiking & biking trails.

Tidepooling

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The longer you watch, the more you'll see.
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wading

Where

 

Self Guided:

  • Bar Island Sand Bar: Great for young children. Accessible off Bridge street for about 1.5 hours on either side of low tide.
  • Ship Harbor and Wonderland: West side of Mount Desert Island

Ranger Programs: Check the Schedule of Events for times.

  • Life Between the Tides: June, September, October at Ship Harbor
  • Beyond the Beach: July and August at Sand Beach
 

When

 

Before you head out to the intertidal zone on your own, check online for a tide chart. The best times for tidepooling are the extreme low tides of the full and new moons ("spring" tides).

 

Tips and Safety

 
Remember these marine animals are not indestructible. Our careless handling and footsteps can do damage that the changing tides cannot. When you visit the intertidal zone, keep in mind these tips for your safety and for the protection of marine life:
  • Do not wade or sit in tidepools.
  • Rocks and algae are slippery. Watch your step.
  • Never turn your back on the ocean: rogue waves can occur at any time.
  • Wear suitable clothing and closed-toe shoes.
  • Sea creatures live everywhere. Be careful where you place your feet.
  • If you move animals or rocks, return them to the same spot.
  • Do not pry animals from rocks; you may injure them in the process.
  • Re-cover animals you find under rocks or seaweed so they won't dry out.
  • All living creatures are protected in the park. Take only pictures.

Did You Know?

A Passamaquoddy birchbark basket with the image of a moose on it

The Passamaquoddy Kit is an educational tool for teachers to help teach students about Passamaquoddy culture in Maine. The kit is a collaboration between the Abbe Museum and Acadia National Park staff.