Can We Build It? Yes We Can!


This year’s Paddle Raise aims to refresh the park’s aging fleet of heavy equipment, which is critical to both routine maintenance in the park and Acadia’s ability to recover from recent storm damage.

The regular care and maintenance of Acadia National Park demands significant effort and heavy equipment. Carriage roads, unpaved roads, vistas, bridges, and campgrounds all need the use of heavy machinery such as dump trucks, excavators, graders, and loaders.

Much of the current fleet of heavy machinery was acquired in the early to mid-90s as a part of the Carriage Road Campaign and is nearing the end of its useful life. This year’s paddle raise aims to refresh this fleet with new equipment that will last for the next 30 years.

The need for heavy equipment is more critical now than ever before. This equipment is essential not only for the routine maintenance of the park’s assets, but also for Acadia’s ability to recover from recent storm damage, which has been frequent and unprecedented in scale.

New equipment will enable the park to respond quickly, without delays associated with fixing old equipment or renting equipment and training operators on how to use it. The park’s top priority is to replace two dump trucks from 1997 that have seen heavy use over the past 27 years in maintaining the carriage roads and other gravel roads. New dump trucks will be much safer and more efficient.

We ask you to dig deep and raise your paddle high for heavy equipment for Acadia!

New Equipment Is Critical To Acadia

  • Heavy equipment is essential for the routine maintenance of the park’s assets
  • The park’s current fleet was purchased in the 90s and is nearing the end of its useful life
  • This equipment also bolsters Acadia’s ability to recover from recent storm damage

Equipment proves essential during work on Ocean Path in spring 2024 following intense winter storms. NPS Photo