Acadia National Park Boating Overview

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Otter Cliffs, Acadia National Park.
Otter Cliffs, Acadia National Park. (Adam Jones/Digital Vision/Getty)

Acadia National Park Highlights

  • Hop aboard the majestic 151-foot Margaret Todd to view Acadia National Park's pristine wilderness from the sea.
  • Downeast Friendship Sloop Charters offers two- to six-hour sails ranging from exhilarating ventures to romantic sunset excursions.
  • Channel your inner helmsman on a two-hour sailing lesson around Sutton Island with Mansell Boat Rental Company.
  • Rent your own vessel and see Acadia's famed Cadillac Mountain from offshore.
  • Step back in maritime history on the tall ship Rachel B. Jackson. This schooner offers sensational views of Acadia National Park with daily sails from Bar Harbor.

Freshwater Boating
A variety of lakes and ponds on Mount Desert Island permit boating. There is a ten-horsepower limit on Jordan Pond, Eagle Lake, and Echo Lake. There is no horsepower limit on Long Pond. Motors are not permitted on Upper and Lower Hadlock Ponds.

Saltwater Boating
All towns have launching areas for saltwater near town docks and municipal piers.

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.


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