Duck Harbor Campground

A park ranger meets with a visitor at a campsite on Isle au Haut.
Park rangers visit with campers at the Duck Harbor Campground.

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Duck Harbor Campground is located on Isle au Haut, a rugged island off the coast of Stonington, Maine. Remote and inaccessible to automobiles, Isle au Haut is linked to the mainland by mailboat.

Five primitive sites are available at Duck Harbor from May 15 to October 15 by advance reservation only. You must have a reservation to camp. Camping is permitted in designated sites only, and party size is limited to six persons per site.

Campground Information:

  • Five lean-to shelters, three-sided with roof and floor. Dimensions are 8' tall, 8' deep, and 12.5' wide. Use of tents is limited to what can fit inside the shelters.
  • Fire ring
  • Firewood: Dead and downed wood may be collected near the campground. Please do not bring your own firewood to reduce the spread of non-native insects.
  • Picnic table
  • Composting toilet
  • Hand pump for water located 1,600 feet from shelters.
  • No pets allowed in the campground
  • All trash must be carried out
  • Checkout: 11 a.m.
  • Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Generator use is prohibited.
  • Maximum length of stay: 3 nights/4 days.
  • Campers are limited to one stay per calendar year.
  • Prepare for camping in the backcountry and pack relevant camping gear. This is not car camping.

Ferry

  • Isle au Haut is linked to the mainland by a ferry from Stonington. No auto ferry exists. The ferry runs year-round to the town landing. From mid-June through late September it also travels to Duck Harbor. The mailboat operates on a first-come, first-served basis. Be there at least one half hour before departure.
  • Check with Isle au Haut Boat Services company for schedule. Remember: If you choose to reserve a campsite when the ferry is not travelling to Duck Harbor, you must hike over 4 miles to the campground from the Isle au Haut Town Landing.

Reservations


Advance reservations are required. Campsite reservations can be made beginning on April 1st each year at 10:00am (EST). The first night is May 15th and the last night is October 14th. Duck Harbor Campground is very popular. Please plan your trip in advance.

For more information on the island, visit our Isle au Haut page.

Last updated: October 18, 2017

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PO Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Phone:

(207) 288-3338

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