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Preserves great for camping

There’s nothing quite like spending the night on an island off the Maine coast. Maine Coast Heritage Trust offers island campsites up and down the coast for you to enjoy. Please note that some island campsites require pre-registration, especially for groups; see detailed info on the preserve pages.

Battle Island

This small island preserve in Hancock County features lovely views of the Bagaduce River Estuary and many vantage points to spot wildlife.

Black Island and Little Black Island

This 337-acre preserve, part of Frenchboro, features quiet picnic spots, rugged beauty, and breathtaking ocean-side camping.

Calderwood Island

This 75-acre island northeast of the Fox Island Thorofare boasts open meadows, inviting beaches, and sweeping views of Penobscot Bay.

High Island

Just a stone’s throw from the St. George mainland, 20-acre High Island welcomes visitors to camp, picnic, hike, and take in spectacular views from its rugged shoreline.

Hog Island

Once owned by famed author E.B. White, Hog Island’s beaches and granite ledges invite exploration on the eastern edge of Eggemoggin Reach.

Jed’s Island

Located in Morgan Bay, this mostly wooded 15-acre island is surrounded by gravel beaches and a rocky shoreline that welcomes daytime and overnight visitors alike.

Lanes Island

Located near the mouth of the Royal River, Lanes Island in Yarmouth has drawn visitors to its sandy shores for centuries.

Marshall Island

Ed Woodsum Preserve encompasses all of 985-acre Marshall Island, one of the largest undeveloped islands on America’s eastern seaboard and home to remote campsites, rugged trails, and picturesque sand beaches.

Merchant Row

Located between Stonington and Isle au Haut, this breathtakingly beautiful archipelago features eight MCHT island preserves open for exploration.

Pond Island

Located in eastern Penobscot Bay, this 32-acre island preserve features breathtaking views, extensive beaches, and diverse wildlife habitats.

Pond Island (Frenchboro)

This 241-acre preserve invites exploration and showcases spectacular scenery from the mountains of Acadia to the seemingly endless string of islands leading to Isle au Haut.

Saddleback Island

This 78-acre island Merchant Row island preserve features stunning coastal scenery for daytime and overnight visitors alike.

Stave Island

Located in Gouldsboro, this 121-acre island preserve’s bold southern shoreline features spectacular views of Frenchman Bay, Mount Desert Island and the peaks of Acadia National Park.

The Goslings

This trifecta of small islands features idyllic sand beaches and inviting campsites in the heart of Casco Bay.

Thomas Island

The largest of a three-island archipelago in Mount Desert Narrows, Thomas Island offers an off-the-beaten path experience just minutes from Acadia National Park.

Tinker Island (McKenney Preserve)

The McKenney Preserve on Tinker Island in Tremont provides scenic vistas along its expansive beach-lined shores.

Treat Island

Located between Eastport and Lubec in the deep waters of Passamaquoddy and Cobscook bays, Treat Island has a rich history and abounds in natural beauty.

West Sister Island

Located in outer Blue Hill Bay, this preserve’s cobble beach offers stunning views of the distant peaks of Acadia National Park and surrounding islands.

Whaleboat Island © 2005, Paul Rezendes

Whaleboat Island

The largest wild island in Casco Bay, Whaleboat’s scenic campsites, rocky shoreline, gravel beaches, and expansive meadow invite endless exploration. 

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