Duck Harbor Campground

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Isle Au Haut, Maine - (207) 288-3338

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Duck Harbor Campground Isle Au Haut Reviews

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Ducking into a pleasant Harbor May 27, 2014
This is your standard national park campground, which means it is a pretty sweet deal. I didn’t stay here, but I did get to perform an up close and personal inspection since I was on the island so early in the season that the campground was uninhabited. This is not a high occupancy zone - only five lean-to shelters available (you may pitch tents on the site of your lean-to). However, the facilities are excellent, especially given the remote location.

There are three latrines serving the handful of lean-tos. I visited one and it was the cleanest outhouse EVER, though obviously the season hadn’t really gotten underway yet. The lean-tos are nicely spaced and the site rests on a pretty hill overlooking Duck Harbor. Fire rings and picnic tables abound to accommodate your dining activity. You are allowed to collect down/dead wood, but you won’t find any for sale (nor anything else). The main minus is that the water pump is located several hundred yards from the lean-tos, so you’ll have to stretch your legs when it is time to replenish. You also need to pack out your trash as there are no containers (difficult to service given the back woods location – no rangers reside there).

Back on the plus side is the ridiculous price. You pay only $25 for a “special use permit” which covers all occupants and all nights! Occupancy is limited to six per lean-to and maximum stays are three nights during “high season” (June 15 – September 15), five nights if you want to freeze your butt off (May 15 – June 14 and September 16 – October 14). You need to submit a reservation form to secure your site.

Back on the minus side, you are far removed from civilization. From June 15th through September 15th the daily mail boat to Isla au Haut stops at the dock by the campground, but there are no moorings so you cannot boat there yourself. When the mail boat doesn’t stop at Duck Harbor, you’ll need to get off at Town Landing and hike almost five miles to Duck Harbor. And that’s the distance you will need to traverse for supplies – the island’s only grocery/convenience store is located near Town Landing and operating hours are a very narrow window – 2:30 to 4:30P daily!

To get your reservation from or get more info, you can call the national park at 207-288-3338 or visit their web site at
Info board at entrance to Duck Har…
One of five lean-tos available.
Easily the cleanest campground out…
Yes, it was RAINING!
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