Public Boat Launches

One of the best ways to see Maine is on the water. Though land in Maine is 95 percent privately owned, there is public access to much of the water. Listed below are state-supported sites in Hancock and Washington counties, both freshwater and tidewater.

Information: Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands (287-3821) or the local municipality.


  • Dedham; Mill Stream*
  • Eastbrook;  Molasses Pond, Scammon Marsh
  • Ellsworth; Graham Lake, Green Lake, Leonard Lake*
  • Franklin; Donnell Pond, Georges Pond
  • Gouldsboro; Jones Pond
  • Mariaville; Graham Lake*
  • Mount Desert; Long Pond
  • Orland; Craig Pond, Toddy Pond, Heart Pond*
  • Otis; Beech Hill Pond
  • Penobscot; Pierce Pond
  • Surry; Lower Patten Pond
  • T 3, ND; West Lake
  • T 4, ND; Duck Lake — Lower Unknown Lake*— Middle Unknown Lake*
  • T 8, SD; Graham Lake
  • T 10, SD; Tunk Lake
  • T 41, MD; Gassabias Lake*


  • Edmunds Twp.; Great Works Pond*
  • Bar Harbor; Frenchman Bay
  • Blue Hill; Blue Hill Harbor
  • Brooksville; Penobscot Bay
  • Ellsworth; Union River
  • Lamoine State Park; Frenchman Bay
  • Lamoine; Frenchman Bay
  • Penobscot; Northern Bay
  • Southwest Harbor; SW Harbor
  • Stonington; Deer Isle Thoroughfare
  • Surry; Patten Bay
  • Swan’s Island; Burnt Coat Harbor —Mackerel Cove
  • Tremont; Bass Harbor, Seal Cove
  • Verona Island; Penobscot River



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