Frequently Asked Questions                 

                        About Eagle Island                           

 Please refer to the Corona virus update tab on the homepage for up to   date information on visiting Eagle Island. 

 How do I get to Eagle Island ?

 Eagle Island is water accessible only. There are several moorings available for personal water   craft.

 For 2020 Eagle Island launch service is suspended until further notice.   The use of a personal dinghy is highly encouraged. Personal dinghies   may be tied up to the north side of the float and kayaks may be kept on   the beach above the high-water mark. 

 For the 2020 season the following means of transportation to Eagle Island   are available:

 From Freeport:

 Casco Bay Wild Charters: Captain Mike Brown 207-865-9611


 From Portland:

 Fogg’s Water Taxi and Charters   207-415-8493

 Are there restrooms? 

 Yes there are 2 composting toilets available on the island. There are no sinks, no running   water or hand pumped water.  

 Please note: Eagle Island does not meets ADA standards and has   major barriers. Mobility impaired people, even with assistance, will   be unable to access the island. 

 Per The State of Maine:​

  • Overnight use of moorings is prohibited.

  • Stay on designated trails. Trails are for walking only.

  • Pets must be kept on a leash and under control at all times; please pick up after your pet.

  • Fires are strictly prohibited on the Eagle Island. The Island does not have any grills or designated areas for making fires.

  • Do not pick or remove anything natural: please leave it for others to enjoy.

  • Enjoy wildlife from a distance: do not feed or disturb animals or birds.

 When is Eagle Island open? 

  Eagle Island is a State of Maine operated State Park that is open from June 15 to Labor Day and   usually a few weekends only through September. 

 When are the trails open?

 The nature trails on Eagle Island are closed until July 15 due to nesting birds. Eagle Island is a   bird sanctuary. After July 15 the entire island is open for exploration. 

 How much is admission to Eagle Island 

  per The State of Maine State Park fees, Eagle Island admission is $4.00 for seniors $6.00 for   adults $2.00 for children 

 How long does it take to get to Eagle Island? 

   From South Harpswell, Maine it's about a 10 minute boat ride.

   From Bailey Island, Maine it's about a 20 minute boat ride.

   From Freeport, Maine it's about a 40 minute boat ride. 

   From Portland, Maine it's about a 60 minute boat ride. 

 What is there to do on Eagle Island?

 Please note the house, the library, and the Welcome Center will   remain closed until further notice due to Covid 19.

 There are hiking trails throughout the island. Picnic tables are available on all corners of the   island. The house is actually a museum and remains very much like it was when the Peary   family lived there. Admiral Peary's library is also open and includes a polar bear pelt. There   are many artifacts to see from Admiral Peary's North Pole expeditions  

 Are there events for kids? 

  The docents of The Friends of Peary's Eagle Island have developed a Scavenger Hunt that kids   find exciting. A short list of items to find on the island and in the museum keeps kids   entertained and a reward is offered no matter how many items the children locate. It's fun   and educational. There are also trails to explore and a beach for swimming.

 Are tours available?

 For the current 2020 season the hand held wands that are provided   for self guided tours on the island are not available. The same   narrated tour heard on the wand can be found under "narrated   tour" at the top of this page. It remains a FREE tour and can be   accessed through one's phone. 

 Is there food available? 

 There is NO food for sale on Eagle Island. The Trading Post in The Welcome   Center is closed for the season. so it is advised to bring one's own   water this year. There are several picnic areas with tables available for use   stationed around the island. No fires are allowed anywhere on the island. 

 Can I bring my dog?

 Eagle Island is a Maine State Park and the rules governing all State Parks apply to Eagle Island. 

 They can be found by visiting the State of Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands website. 

 What about souvenirs?

 The Welcome Center is currently closed until further notice. 

 Eagle Island has a small Trading Post in The Welcome Center. Items are for sale such as: hats   with the Eagle Island logo, The Arcadia Images of America book  "Eagle Island, Admiral Peary's   Harpswell Home" , coffee cups with the Eagle Island logo, stuffed animals, pins, and other   small items. A docent will help you with a purchase.  

 Where can I get more information about Eagle Island?

 Contact The Friends of Peary's Eagle Island through our email address   at: 

 Or contact the State of Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands.

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The Friends of Peary's Eagle Island

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Harpswell, ME 04079


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June 15th - Labor Day

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