Originally published in Seasonal Guide, June 27, 2014
Accessing the water
Be sure to follow Maine State law, available in detail at maine.gov/ifw/laws_rules/boatlaws.htm. Keep an eye out for ledges and lobster buoys and always, always wear a life jacket.
Town wharf, behind the firehouse in Blue Hill village, Water St. There is a float and a ramp. This wharf is inaccessible at low tide.
South Blue Hill, Rte. 175, a wharf with a float, ramp and parking. Heavily used as a working wharf by fishermen, but open to the public.
^In East Blue Hill, there is a public dock as well, and Herrick B. Memorial Landing on East Blue Hill Rd. at Peter’s Cove.
Naskeag Point at the end of Naskeag Rd., accessible via Rte. 175 to the village. Float and ramp. Parking available.
^Bagaduce River access, on Rte. 176, Bagaduce Rd. A 0.1-mile path leads through the woods to the river. No vehicle access to river, parking is on side of road.
Dodge’s Point town landing. At the end of Town Landing Rd., off Rte. 176. Ramp and float.
Betsy’s Cove town landing, with float and parking. Northeast corner of Buck’s Harbor, off Rte. 176.
Town dock, ramp, float, launch and tie-up available, located in the heart of downtown Castine along Water St. Parking is available.
Public launch area just south of Deer Isle village, across from the Mill Pond—room to back a trailer in when the tide is right, or to launch kayaks. Limited parking.
The Bridge End Property in Little Deer Isle, on the left just before you cross the bridge to the mainland. Owned by the town, includes a small parking area and a beach.
Partial tidal launching off Rte. 175 on Town Landing Rd., right after Northern Bay Market if approaching from the south. Fresh water: Pierce Pond and Wight Pond.
Tidal access on Benjamin River. Town dock, located Carter Point Rd., off Rte. 175.
Bagaduce River access. Rte. 176, Graytown Rd., next to Camp Stream bridge.
Fresh water: Walker Pond, public access via road off Rte. 15 on Caterpillar Hill. Boat launch and parking available. Also, hand-carry access to Black Pond.
The public landing is at the eastern end of Main St., near the Stonington Fire Department. There you will find the public landing with a float. (There is a two-hour limit to tying up there.)
Launch a boat from Colwell Ramp at the foot of Seabreeze Ave.—turn right onto Colwell’s Lane just before entering the ferry terminal. Parking is for loading and unloading only.
Town landing, on Wharf Rd. Ramp, trailer access, parking available.
Fresh water: Lower Patten Pond.