Acadia National Park Cracking Down on Visitors Without Park Passes
The fine for visiting Acadia National Park without a proper park pass is $130.00, and Park Rangers are starting to crack down to ensure visitors have a proper entrance pass.
Park passes are an important part of Acadia National Park’s operating budget. The National Park Service retains 80 percent of the fees collected from annual and weekly entrance pass sales to invest in critical improvements that directly benefit visitors at Acadia National Park, including maintaining and enhancing visitor facilities. Entrance pass revenues are essential for funding the operation of the Island Explorer bus system, which serves Acadia and its surrounding communities.
The operator or registered owner of the vehicle can avoid the $130 fine by obtaining an entrance pass or showing proof of having had an entrance pass that was not displayed within 24 hours at any one of the following fee collection locations: Sand Beach Entrance Station, Hulls Cove Visitor Center, Thompson Island Information Center, Blackwoods Campground, Seawall Campground, Schoodic Woods Campground, and Village Green Information Center.
Acadia National Park does offer a yearly pass, and it is discounted to $25.00 between Thanksgiving and December 31st.