AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine state officials say visitors are being denied access to a beautiful state-managed and state-funded park in Washington County during peak foliage season because of the government shutdown.
Gov. Paul LePage says a U.S. Fish and Wildlife official told the state Friday that it could not reopen Cobscook Bay State Park in the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge even though the park is run and staffed by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Bureau of Parks and Lands.
The Obama administration has offered to let states foot the bill to reopen national parks.
The state says Cobscook Bay is operated through an agreement between the state and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The park closed on Oct. 1 and is the only Maine state park affected by the shutdown.