There are a number of ponds and lakes that allow boating at Mount Desert Island. Each water body has its own rules and regulations, which is why anyone planning a boating trip needs to familiarize themselves with the park’s boating locations and their laws.

Rules, Regulations and Restrictions

During seabird and eagle nesting seasons, some lakes, ponds and islands remain closed to the public to ensure safety of the nests.

  • From April 1st till July 31st, the Heron Island and Thrumcap Islands are closed to ensure protection of the nesting seabirds.
  • From February 15th to August 31st, the Sheep Porcupine Island, Long Porcupine Island, Schoodic Island, Rolling Island, and Bar Island (Somes Sound), are closed to the public to ensure protection of the nesting seabirds or bald eagles.

All passengers on the boats need to carry a Coast Guard approved life vest. You are advised to wear a vest at all times as they can save your life. It is also a part of the State’s regulations that all the motorized watercraft be registered and meets the requirements of the US Coast Guard.

  • All motors having horsepower of over 10 are not allowed on Eagle Lake, Echo Lake, Hodgdon Pond, Jordan Pond, Lower Hadlock Pond, Seal Cove Pond, and Upper Hadlock Pond.
  • No internal combustion engines are to be brought on Bubble Pond, Witch Hole Pond and the Round Pond.
  • Half Moon Pond, Lower and Upper Breakneck Ponds do not allow any motors while Long Pond is open to all motors regardless of their horsepower.

Boating Activities

Communities surrounding the lakes and ponds have places that rent motorboats, sailboats, kayaks and canoes. There are also other activities such as:

  • Fishing
  • Nature Cruises
  • Sailing
  • Whale Watching
  • Commercial Ferry Services

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