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2023 ACAD News Release - Entrance Fee Increase (11-29-22)


National Park Service invites public comment on proposed entrance fee increase at Acadia National Park

BAR HARBOR, MAINE – The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing to increase the entrance fee at Acadia National Park to support projects that benefit visitors and protect park resources. The new entrance fee would become effective starting in 2023 and be required year-round. The NPS is requesting feedback on the entrance fee increase during a 30-day public comment period that will be open from November 30 through December 29, 2022. Comments must be submitted online through the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website at

The proposed entrance fee increase is as follows:


  Entrance Pass Current Fee Proposed Fee
  Private Vehicle (7-day) $30 $35
  Motorcycle (7-day) $25 $30
  Individual (7-day) $15 $20
  Annual $55 $70

The increase would make Acadia National Park’s entrance fees consistent with other iconic and highly visited national parks, including Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and Yosemite. The previous entrance fee increase at Acadia National Park was in 2018.

The vast majority of Acadia’s entrance fee revenue is retained locally and used to fund the Island Explorer bus system along with projects that benefit park visitors, particularly those that address deferred maintenance needs. The increased fee revenue will allow Acadia to expand service for the Island Explorer bus system, which is critical to addressing congestion and parking challenges throughout the park.

The entrance fee increase would not change commercial entrance fees for businesses operating in the park under a Commercial Use Authorization or the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes that can be used at Acadia National Park, including the Annual, Senior, Access, 4th Grade, Military Annual, and Military Lifetime passes.

Visitors under 16 years of age are exempt from paying an entrance fee.

Please contact John T. Kelly, Management Assistant, Acadia National Park, at 207-288-8703 or [email protected] for more information.

To view this news release online, visit Acadia News.

For more information on Acadia National Park, please or call 207-288-3338.

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Chamber Scholarship Recipients

Scholarships of $500 were awarded to three seniors at Sumner’s 2023 class night.  The students receiving the awards were:

Ainsley Alley, attending Southern Maine Community College

Christine Rivers, attending the University of Maine at Augusta

Victor Orozco-Delgado, attending Central Maine Community College

CONGRATULATIONS! We are looking forward to hearing great things about you!


Chamber Scholarship Recipients Through the Years

2022 Robin Faulkingham, attending Aveda Institute

2022 Colby McLean, attending Maine Maritime Academy

2022 Scarlet Capitano, attending Husson University

2021  Sam Bunch, Scarlet Capitano, Rhiannon Alley

2020  Simon Torrey, Alexis Hutchins, Warren Harden

2019  Colby McLean, Colby Hurd, Kamen McLean

2018  Sam Tracy, T. Janla, Kamen McLean

2017  Michaela Byers, Kamen McLean, Liam Flubacher

2016  Kamen McLean, McKay McLean, Taya Moore

2015  Chelsea Alley, Baramee Janla, Hannah Fleming

2014  Brailie Joy, Dylan Whitten, Jason Hoffpauir

2013  Jordan Rivers, Jarrod Jordan, Hannah Woodward

2012  Gabe O’Brien, Jessob Chipman, Hunter Rivers

2011 Morgan Whitten, Luke O’Brien, Jordan Rivers

2010  Morgan Whitten, Corey Abbott, Becca McLean

2009  John Stover, Luke O’Brien, Mathew Holmes

2008  Jessica Haycock, Ben O’Brien, Autumn Nelson

2007  Wes Gardner, Allison Drinkwater, Autumn Nelson

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