Boating

boater
Boater dons life vest.

A number of lakes and ponds on Mount Desert Island permit boating. Each body of water has specific watercraft restrictions. Please remember:

  • During eagle and seabird nesting season, some islands are closed to the public. Please respect posted closures, which include:
    • February 15 to August 31 - Bar Island ( Somes Sound ), Long Porcupine Island, Rolling Island, Schoodic Island, and Sheep Porcupine Island are closed to protect nesting bald eagles or seabirds.
    • April 1 - July 31 - Heron Island and Thrumcap Islands are closed to protect nesting seabirds.
  • All towns have launching areas for saltwater near town docks and municipal piers.
  • The law requires you to carry a Coast Guard approved life vest for each passenger. A better idea is to wear them. It could save your life!
  • Canoes, kayaks, sailboats, and motorboats can be rented in surrounding communities. A variety of commercial vessels offer ferry service, fishing, nature cruises, sailing, and whale watching excursions.
 

Watercraft Regulations
State regulations require that all motorized watercraft used in the state are registered. Additional U.S. Coast Guard and state requirements include:

  • If the boat is less than 16 feet long, or is a canoe or kayak of any length, each person on board must have a wearable Type I, II, or III PFD.
  • If the boat is 16 feet or longer, each person on board must have one wearable PFD (Type I, II, III), plus at least one throwable device (Type IV) on board.
  • Children 10 years of age and under must wear a Type I, II, or III PFD while on board all watercraft.

Watercraft Restrictions
Aunt Betty Pond
Internal combustion engines prohibited. No launch facilities.

Bear Brook Pond (Beaver Dam Pond)
No motors. No launch facilities.

The Bowl
No motors. No launch facilities.

Breakneck Pond, Lower
No motors. No launch facilities.

Breakneck Pond, Upper
No motors. No launch facilities.

Bubble Pond
Internal combustion engines prohibited. Bar Harbor water supply. No pets in water; no swimming, windsurfing, paddleboarding, oarboarding, or SCUBA; and no snowmobiling or boating within 1000 feet of water intake. (H.P. 142 - L.D. 175, 1973). Vehicles designed for use on public highways are prohibited on the ice. (Town of Bar Harbor Ordinance 06.05.05.01)

Duck Pond
No motors. No launch facilities.

Eagle Lake
Maximum 10 HP engines for boats. Bar Harbor water supply. No pets in water; no swimming, windsurfing, paddleboarding, oarboarding, or SCUBA; and no snowmobiling or boating within 1000 feet of water intake. (H.P. 142 - L.D. 175, 1973). Vehicles designed for use on public highways are prohibited on the ice. (Town of Bar Harbor Ordinance 06.05.05.01)

Echo Lake
Maximum 10 HP engines for boats. Launch facility at Ikes Point.

Fawn Pond
No motors. No launch facilities.

Hadlock Pond, Lower
Maximum 10 HP engines for boats. Northeast Harbor water supply. The pond is closed to pets in water, swimming, windsurfing, paddleboarding, oarboarding, and SCUBA (H.P. 142 - L.D. 175, 1973).

Hadlock Pond, Upper
Maximum 10 HP engines for boats. Northeast Harbor water supply. The pond is closed to pets in water, swimming, windsurfing, paddleboarding, oarboarding, and SCUBA (H.P. 142 - L.D. 175, 1973).

Half Moon Pond
No motors. No launch facilities.

Hodgdon Pond
Maximum 10 HP engines for boats. No launch facilities.

Jordan Pond
Maximum 10 HP engines for boats. Seal Harbor water supply. The pond is closed to pets in water, swimming, windsurfing, paddleboarding, oarboarding, and SCUBA (H.P. 142 - L.D. 175, 1973).

Lake Wood
Internal combustion engines prohibted. No launch facilities.

Long Pond (Mount Desert Island)
No horsepower limit. Southwest Harbor water supply. No swimming and no SCUBA within 1000' of intake. Personal watercraft prohibited.

Long Pond (Isle au Haut)
No restrictions.

Round Pond
Internal combustion engines prohibted. No launch facilities.

Seal Cove Pond
Maximum 10 HP engines for boats. Unimproved boat launch.

Seawall Pond
No motors. No launch facilities.

Sargent Mountain Pond
No motors. No launch facilities.

The Tarn
No motors. No launch facilities.

Witch Hole Pond
Internal combustion engines prohibited. No launch facilities.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Phone:

(207) 288-3338

Contact Us