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Last hurrah for Schoodic's Ocean Wood Campground

Posted by Hilary Nangle  May 5, 2009 07:27 AM

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Ocean Wood, one the state’s best private campgrounds for the non-humongo RV set, was recently auctioned, but the lawyer who purchased it is allowing it to operate this summer.
If you’re a camping fan with a tent or a mini, reserve now. You won’t be disappointed. The no-frills, eco-sensitive campground in Birch Harbor, Maine, is on a wooded finger of land projecting eastward from the Schoodic peninsula, near the end of the Schoodic Loop Road. Best sites are the 17 wilderness ones, most oceanfront, reserved for tents.
It is for sale. “If we can fill up the campground with a prosperous summer, perhaps the new owner will be more open to keeping it and enjoying if for what it is,” says Nancy Ragusa, who's been camping here for 17 summers.
Of course, such a spectacular chunk of real estate so close to the Schoodic section of Acadia National Park will command more than chump change. There's hope the new owner might be willing to sell it to a land trust, which would preserve it from development. In the meantime, campers can enjoy one last summer at this gem.

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8 comments so far...
  1. Noooooooooo! I just recommended the place to some friends. Keep us informed!

    Posted by Dave March June 30, 09 12:17 PM
  1. love the place and so sorry to hear that Mike won't be taking care of the place. It is very special - hopefully we won't see condo's - due to be up there in August - thanks for the update

    Posted by Kathy June 30, 09 03:48 PM
  1. Best place on Earth! A long drive from Boston, but worth it. One of the few oceanfront campgrounds in the area -- it's a special place with a really wonderful vibe. Great place to enjoy nature, very respectful and clean, quirky owner, etc.

    Posted by Sarah N July 22, 09 06:15 PM
  1. Somehow, I refuse to believe that one of my favorite places on Earth will no longer be me and the rest of the appreciative public. Surely, someone will rescue this amazing piece of property from greedy developers! I plan to write to my senators. Although Maine is broke, maybe there's a way to add this property to Acadia National Park?

    Posted by Heather M. Houston July 31, 09 02:07 PM
  1. Only had the pleasure of being there twice, but it lives in my memory as one of the best campgrounds I've ever been in. Hope the new owner finds a way to make it work - i hope to get back up to maine one of these days and find ocean woods still there!!

    Posted by Kathy K August 12, 09 09:24 PM
  1. I just came back from my 16th summer at Oceanwood. I traveled all the way up to Eastport looking for a replacement. Nothing like it. Picture camping on a private oceanfront campsite, listening to the waves all night long. Gone forever!! I can't believe we can bailout all these banks and would let a national treasure sink. The sharks are circling as the new owner has a map of the Oceanwood Campground being cut up and sold into little chunks to build mansions and condos. Will they like looking at each other in their exclusive community? Or will the natural beauty be destroyed by greed? I think the latter. To experience Oceanwood the last hurrah will be the weekend of October 29th, 2009. Do yourself a favor and experience it now.

    Posted by Yvette Tillema September 8, 09 09:27 AM
  1. Heading up there this weekend for maybe our last time in 20 years. My heart breaks by the thought. Our 4 boys and our many nieces and nephews have grown up with Ocean Wood as an annual camping tradition. (not to mention my parents who came upon it years ago, as Mike was just clearing sites.) Let's pray that the Powers that be, work in their miraculous ways to save Ocean Wood from development.

    God Speed to all of you who have been blessed by the Spirit of Oceanwood!
    We are all fortunate to have been able to experience such a place and feeling.

    Posted by M. Manville October 22, 09 10:37 PM
  1. don't be so passive and let it go... it will take action to make the miracle
    what did the sharks by it for? they stand to make a huge over the top profit.
    write the acadia national park, the maine parks service, the land trust.. et al... let's use the maine land fund.. k. spitfire

    Posted by karin Spitfire November 27, 09 09:02 AM
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