Portions of lake and pond shorelines may be privately owned. Please respect private property. Several ponds and lakes on the island are public drinking water supplies where swimming, wading, and pets are prohibited. Please follow posted regulations.
Eating freshwater fish containing mercury can be harmful if consumed in quantities. For safe-eating guidelines, consult the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website here.
Boaters: Clean your boat before you float. Watch out for hitchhiking plants on boats and equipment. A single invasive plant or plant fragment can infest an entire lake or stream. Dispose of plants on high, dry land away from lakes and ponds.
State of Maine fishing licenses are required for Maine residents 16 years or older and non-residents 12 years or older. Fees vary based on resident/non-resident status, age, and length of license. Licenses can be purchased at many area retailers, as well as online through the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife here.
Ice fishing season: generally January through March. Many larger ponds and lakes in the park are popular locations for ice fishing. Please be cautious on frozen bodies of water and ensure that ice thickness is sufficient to support your weight.
A license is not required to fish in the ocean. There are, however, safety concerns:
Ocean fishing areas include:
Fish and Areas
Half Moon Pond
Lower and Upper Breakneck Ponds
Lower Hadlock Pond
Seal Cove Pond
Upper Hadlock Pond
Witch Hole Pond
Motors over 10 horsepower are prohibited on:
Internal combustion engines are prohibited on:
No motors are permitted on:
There is no horsepower limit on:
Did You Know?
The Civilian Conservation Corps performed important work in Acadia National Park, including clearing brush, setting stones, and constructing Seawall Campground. Today park headquarters is located in the former CCC camp.