Whispering Pines Campground to Shut Down 

Whispering Pines Campground in Orland has been around since the late 1970’s, but after this summer, it’s closing down.The campground is owned by Dwight Gates and his wife. Gates says he always camped in Maine as a youngster, and in 1977 he bought Whispering Pines.Seasonal campers have been coming to the campground since it opened, and Gates says the best part is watching kids grow year after year.Campers say they’ll miss the campground, but even more than that, they’ll miss the owners.”Dwight and Sandy bring us fresh blueberries, they check and make sure everything is ok. They tell us stories. They have their own campfire every night that we’re welcome to go join them at,” said Barbara Blythe, a camper.”One of the things that you don’t see, is a gate. It is open, it is available to all. It’s a sign to me of being welcomed into a campground. Come on in, see what we have to offer. If you like it, we’d like you to stay,” added Dan Moore, another longtime camper.Gates says he hates to close the campground, but because of age and minor health issues, it’s the decision that had to be made.