The following guidelines are for everyone’s convenience and will make your visit
to the Preserve run more smoothly and hopefully make your stay more enjoyable.
NEW - Payment Policy: The staff of Stephen Phillips Preserve are committed to providing
you a space for your camping desires. Due to growing requests for campsites, we
have adopted a new payment policy primarily because of the high demand for sites
and the difficulties of re-booking last-minute cancellations. Please review the
Payment for your site(s) is due in full a minimum of 7-10 days prior to your arrival.
Anyone wishing to pay by check may do so by mailing a check no later than 14 days
prior to arrival.
The Stephen Phillip’s staff will attempt to reach you by phone 7 days prior to your
arrival to confirm and obtain credit card information for your stay. If you have
not received a call due to phone issues or “mailbox full” problems, it is your responsibility
to call the campground with your payment information as soon as possible.
Please note, once your campsite reservation is paid, you are committing to your stay.
Please let us know of any changes you wish to make to your dates, number of people,
dogs, etc. when paying for your stay. If you are unsure of the exact number of
individuals travelling with you, please make your best estimate. We will make an
adjustment on the numbers (if necessary) once you arrive. If you have reserved a
canoe, the rental fee will be included in your site confirmation payment.
If other members of your party are paying separately, they need to call ahead to
pay. You will be responsible for any additional people camping with you that have
not paid prior to your arrival. Any additional fees are due at check in.
Deposit Policy: A $20 non-refundable reservation deposit is required at the time
of reservation for each site held. Reservations lasting more than 7 days will require
an additional $20 deposit for each 7 days held.
Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must be made no later than 14 days prior to
your reservation arrival date. There are no refunds for cancellations once your
payment is made, including early departures. Stephen Phillips Preserve is a wilderness
campground setting featuring tent sites, campfires, and lake access. We must note
that – given we have no control of weather patterns (such as rain and wind) that
arise – we do not refund camping fees for cancellations made less than 10 days of
planned arrival. Please be prepared for adverse weather should they arise.
Check In/out: Arrival time is 1:00 PM Youmustcheck in or make arrangements ahead
of time before going to your site. We will have your permit ready for your arrival
so all you need to do is sign it. If you will arrive after the office is closed,
you must call ahead and make arrangements. By law you must have a permit to have
a campfire. We accept Visa, Master Card, or Discover. Departure time is 11:00 AM.
Covid-19: We will continue to follow CDC guidelines and Maine state mandates as they
continue to be updated.
Fireplaces:DO NOT MOVE THE FIREPLACES. The Forest Service determines where they
are built. Moving them can result in State fines and the termination of the permit.
Never leave a fire unattended even for a few minutes. Also, it has been our experience
that glass and metal do not burn, so please do not put them in the fireplaces. Please
do not peel the bark from Birch trees. It will kill them. Firewood can be purchased
at the office.
Picnic Tables: If you move a picnic table, please put it back in the original position
before you leave. It is difficult for one person to move alone.
Trash: This Preserve is a Carry In – Carry Out facility. If you must use the dumpster,
it is located in the office area between the two sheds. All recyclables (aluminum
cans, plastic bottles, glass, tin cans with no labels) must be put in our recycle
bins. Be sure all trash is bagged and tied securely. Please help keep our sites
clean and do your part by recycling. Please do not put garbage down the outhouse
hole; use the bag provided.
Pets: Pets are welcome. However, they must be kept on a leash at all times to ensure
they do not disturb others. You are responsible for cleaning up after your pets.
There is a minimal fee per dog per night. In respect of your fellow campers, please
keep dog(s) from barking excessively. We will need a copy of your dog’s license
and rabies information. Please bring it with you or email us a copy ahead of time.
Canoe Rentals: Canoe rentals are available at the office. Paddles and adult life
preservers are provided. If you have small children you must bring a preserver that
fits them. Canoes are limited so let us know ahead of time so we can hold one for
Quiet Time: Please respect other nearby campers by reducing noise at 10 p.m. Sound
carries across the lake and can be disturbing to some.