Frequently Asked Questions                 

                        About Eagle Island                           

                   

 

                Eagle Island 2021 season update:

Eagle Island will open for the 2021 season on June 15. As in years past trails will remain closed until July 15 to allow birds to fledge their nests. 

Please Note: a considerable amount of mold has been discovered throughtout the house and library. As a result the house and library will be closed for visitors until the situation can be remedied. The State of Maine is actively working to make sure the house and library are safe for visitors before opening them to the public. 

The hand held wand tours previously provided free by The Friends have been discontinued but the narrative from the tours can be found on this website under "Narrative Tour". Follow along with your phone if desired. 

The Welcome Center will open June 15. The Friends will be providing docents to answer questions, show our Welcome to Eagle Island video, the Admiral Peary video, and man the Trading Post.

The Friends remains committed to helping The State of Maine's Bureau of Parks and Lands preserve Eagle Island for all future generations. If possible please consider making a tax deducible donation in any amount through our secure Square account found on the home page of this website.   

 How do I get to Eagle Island ?

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

Transportation to Eagle Island during the summer season of 2021 can be arranged through:

Casco Bay Sights-n-Lights                             Captain Len Duda                              1945 Harpswell Island Road  Bailey Island, Maine 04003   207 -837 -1788   www.cascobaysightseeing.com             cascobaysightsnlights@gmail.com          

Seacoast Tours of Freeport Maine      Peter Milholland Captain / Owner

P.O. Box 194 South Freeport, Maine 04078             207 -798-2001 www.SeacoastToursME.com                      peter@SeacoastToursME.com

 

Bill Saxon Boat Tours South Harpswell, ME

207 -798 -0445 popsaxton@gmail.com

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 as Eagle Island is a bird sanctuary. After July 15 the entire island is open for exploration. 

 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?

  There are hiking trails throughout the island. Picnic tables are   available on all corners of the island. There is a small beach for those adventuous enough to take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean. 

 Are there events for kids? 

  There are trails to explore and a small beach for swimming.

 Are tours available?

 The free hand held wand tours previously provided by The Fiends has been discontinued until further notice. The narrative from the tour can be found on this website if vistors would like to follow it using their phones.  Docents are available daily as well to answer questions and provide guidance to the island. 

 Is there food available? 

  There is NO food for sale on Eagle Island. We do offer cold bottled water for sale in the Trading Post. 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?

  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: friendsofpearyeagleisland@gmail.com 

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