The largest wild island in Casco Bay, Whaleboat’s scenic campsites, rocky shoreline, gravel beaches, and expansive meadow invite endless exploration.
A grassy meadow and dense shrubland separate wind-ravaged spruce forest at either end of the island. The island’s uplands are bordered by cobble beaches, fringing salt marsh, ledges, and dramatic cliffs. There are no trails on the island, but hikers can follow the rocky shoreline during low tide.
The island’s former owners protected Whaleboat through the donation of two conservation easements. In 2002, they sold the island to MCHT to ensure it would remain an undeveloped island and be open to the public in perpetuity. Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) was able to purchase the entire 122-acre island thanks to generous donations from area residents and support from the state’s Land for Maine’s Future program.
Whaleboat Island is located west of Harpswell Neck in Casco Bay. The closest public boat ramp is the Mere Point launch in Brunswick, just over 5 miles to the north-northeast. (Please note that as of June 2021 overnight parking is no longer allowed at Mere Point.) A private boat ramp at the Dolphin Marina in Harpswell is also available, roughly one mile to the southeast.
This island is owned and protected by Maine Coast Heritage Trust. To learn more, visit their website.