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Old 04-01-2018, 01:05 PM
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Just starting to plan a thirty (or so) day camping trip to Acadia National Park this summer but really have no idea which month is the best - June, July or August. I plan on taking my F-150 so I can drive around anywhere within reasonable distance to fish from shore, hop on a charter, hit up a good restaurant or find internet access. Any and all comments and suggestions regarding the following would be greatly appreciated:

Camping - Any particular camp grounds that are preferred? I'd like to be near the shore for saltwater fishing but it looks like the campsites are filling up fast and I'll have to move spots at least once during my stay? Should I move more than once to see different areas? Can I use a generator, etc.?

Shore fishing gear - Took a look at my surf gear and it's pretty ancient so I think I'll grab some new stuff. I don't want to buy $$$ gear as it'll essentially be open to theft from strangers for a month so I logged onto Tackle Direct and saw they had a BOGO on the Fin-Nor MLS60CP Megalite Spinning Reel. I ordered a pair and am thinking I'll get a a pair of 11' Tsunami XT Sapphire Surf Rods to make a decent cheap set. Does that sound like a good combo for the area? What else would I need for shore fishing? I'm thinking about building a bait launching canon out of PVC pipe... think that'll be helpful for the general area?

Shore fishing spots - Can anyone help on where to go and tell me what species will be in play, best times, etc??

Offshore charters - Are there Tuna in the area during the summer? I see a few head boats online but also saw one charter boat that advertises Tuna/Shark charters during the summer but they are really scarce with details. If there are Tuna around I would love to jump aboard a charter that does splits so I don't get sunk for the whole cost. Any recommendations would be great...

Freshwater fishing - Is it worth it in the summertime? Not into large or small mouth bass but trout, salmon, etc... are in my wheelhouse. Any fishing for them in the summer months nearby? I have plenty of light spinning gear but not sure on tackle for the area?

Hiking and Biking - I'll bring a bike with me so any particular trails and hikes that stand out. Any vistas to drive to?

Food - Any restaurants that are a can't miss and grocery stores that are recommended?

AT&T - How is the cell and data service from AT&T in the general area? Anybody know if there is any coverage in the campgrounds or good coffee shops, etc. nearby with wifi?

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Love Acadia. Been there 9 times.. Things book fast. If you want quiet .Bass harbor camp ground .( my favorite the potting shed cabin) If you want close to crown jewels of the park .Oceanside koa or woodlands( not as nice as ocean but ok) Yes there is freshwater fishing in and around the park eagle lake,echo lake,Jordan pond.ECT and nearby just north of Ellsworth. Bicking awesome.hiking awesome.saltwater shore fishing not really so much though you can try around bass harbor.( honestly I leave my tackle at home as I've only have limited time and so many trails, paths ECT..)
Highly recommend vagabond/ Masako queen Sw harbor is a fun fish/ lobster haul trip.. Not serious but fun during week.. They go deep on weekend to mt desert rock . Mainly Cod,Pollack and other ground fish. If you do the fish/ lobster haul you Can have your lobsters..yes your lobsters steamed at beals lobster pound for a couple of $$.. (P.s when asked always volunteer.. Trust me) As for tuna or shark charters,call chamber of commerce always great info no matter where u travel. Gulf of Maine can be sharky,seen quite a few on whale watch trips .
Book whale watch trip in bar harbour, I recommend last trip of day closest to full moon.( captain of the friendship 7 seems to favor the portside),either way get there early and get 1 of the bows. Great sunset on the ride back.. Dress warm.
As for when, we like 3rd week of August the local schools are open and the crowds tend to be less.
I could go on.. I fell in love with this area about 15 years ago.. If you never been you'll soon know why.
feel free to pm me, my wife and I always joke we should work for their tourism board .
There are several hiking guide books for Acadia buy a couple and study and plan." A walk in the park" I happen to like .
Everywhere you'll find a post card view .Too many to list.
every campsite has WiFi it seems. Cell coverage has improved over the years .A couple dead zones but text works 99% of the area.
Oh and there's the shuttle bus service A++.
Old Soaker blueberry soda 👌
Markets in southwest harbor. Tremont IGA .Just north of the island and Wal-Mart in Ellsworth 1/2 hour approx north of island. My usual suspects, prices drop with the mileage😀
Most campsite apart from national park camps (seawall and black woods)have all the hookups you'd want.
Gotta visit bar harbor at least 1 night and stop at" Kool as a Moose" fun store..Lots of quaint$$ resturants and shops to check out.
Good seafood place in bass harbor ( the name escapes me). Getting old..
Seeing you got almost a month I'd also look into going over to the schoodic peninsula much less traveled a little more authentic down east
Did I mention great place??

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June tends to be cooler, wet and buggy. August has best weather but most crowds.
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Originally Posted by ronp364 View Post
June tends to be cooler, wet and buggy. August has best weather but most crowds.
Thanks for the heads up.

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Love Acadia. Been there 9 times.. Things book fast. If you want quiet .Bass harbor camp ground .( my favorite the potting shed cabin) If you want close to crown jewels of the park .Oceanside koa or woodlands( not as nice as ocean but ok) Yes there is freshwater fishing in and around the park eagle lake.Jordan pond.ECT and nearby just north of Ellsworth. Bicking awesome.hiking awesome.saltwater shore fishing not really so much though you can try around bass harbor.( honestly I leave my tackle at home as I've only have limited time and so many trails, paths ECT..)
Highly recommend vagabond/ Masako queen Sw harbor is a fun fish/ lobster haul trip.. Not serious but fun during week.. They go deep on weekend to mt desert rock . Mainly Cod,Pollack and other ground fish. If you do the fish/ lobster haul you Can have your lobsters..yes your lobsters steamed at beals lobster pound for a couple of $$.. (P.s when asked always volunteer.. Trust me) As for tuna or shark charters,call chamber of commerce always great info no matter where u travel. Gulf of Maine can be sharky,seen quite a few on whale watch trips .
Book whale watch trip in bar harbour, I recommend last trip of day closest to full moon.( captain of the friendship 7 seems to favor the portside),either way get there early and get 1 of the bows. Great sunset on the ride back.. Dress warm.
As for when, we like 3rd week of August the local schools are open and the crowds tend to be less.
I could go on.. I fell in love with this area about 15 years ago.. If you never been you'll soon know why.
feel free to pm me, my wife and I always joke we should work for their tourism board .
There are several hiking guide books for Acadia buy a couple and study and plan." A walk in the park" I happen to like .
Everywhere you'll find a post card view .Too many to list.
every campsite has WiFi it seems. Cell coverage has improved over the years .A couple dead zones but text works 99% of the area.
Oh and there's the shuttle bus service A++.
Old Soaker blueberry soda 👌
Markets in southwest harbor. Tremont IGA .Just north of the island and Wal-Mart in Ellsworth 1/2 hour approx north of island. My usual suspects, prices drop with the mileage😀
Most campsite apart from national park camps (seawall and black woods)have all the hookups you'd want.
Gotta visit bar harbor at least 1 night and stop at" Kool as a Moose" fun store..Lots of quaint$$ resturants and shops to check out.
Good seafood place in bass harbor ( the name escapes me). Getting old..
Did I mention great place??
Thank you - much appreciated!
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Last year was our first year and we went for a long weekend. Too much to do and not enough time. Lots of good hiking. Lots of thick thick fog that didnt burn off til mid day. Stewmans waterfront restaurant in bar harbor for the steak and lobster was worth the ride up there alone.
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Last year was our first year and we went for a long weekend. Too much to do and not enough time. Lots of good hiking. Lots of thick thick fog that didnt burn off til mid day. Stewmans waterfront restaurant in bar harbor for the steak and lobster was worth the ride up there alone.
Their clam chowder Very Very good 👍
Foggy days are great hiking around sommes sound Mt.Acadia (aka Dog Mt) Like being in the clouds.

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We have been going yearly for the first week of August. There are times its crowded but we stay away from the downtown and "touristy" events usually. Sometimes its kinda fun. If camping by trailer check out Hadley Point campground, easy walk to the water, not so easy coming back up the hill. I have seen people tent and BBQ at the point but I am not sure what is allowed there.

This is a must do: Grab a kayak and have a blast fishing for mackerel in the coves from Hadley Point to Salisbury Cove to Hulls Cove. Time it with the tides for best enjoyment. Head out on outgoing slack tide and let the incoming bring you back home. I bring a trout rod and leave the rest of my gear at home. If you really want to fish, stick to the mackerel by kayak or head towards the cliffs and Sand Beach area to cast for small pollock.

Lots of biking and hiking to do. If you go mid-August the falcons will have moved and you hike the Precipice Trail. If heights bother you, don't do it. BeeHive is another good trail but short unless you combine it in a larger loop, do this as early as possible if in tourist season. Did I say maps are important!! Jordan Pond loop for a casual easy short hike, finish it off with popovers at the house. Cadillac mountain for longer hikes, there are trails all over it and none are difficult. If you are fairly fit you could hike any trail there.

Mainly Meat for BBQ and beer!!!! There are a couple restaurants for them but the brewery is main one to go to. Bring a designated driver if you go to the brewery hungry and thirsty. Go to other one if you want good ice cream.

I hauled a 20 ft Starcraft one year and launched in and out at Hadley Point. You have to be careful as the tides are drastic there. Always park above the tide line. We had some great trips on the water that year from Hadley to Bar Harbor to Thunder hole. Just site seeing and mackerel fishing.
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We have been going yearly for the first week of August. There are times its crowded but we stay away from the downtown and "touristy" events usually. Sometimes its kinda fun. If camping by trailer check out Hadley Point campground, easy walk to the water, not so easy coming back up the hill. I have seen people tent and BBQ at the point but I am not sure what is allowed there.

This is a must do: Grab a kayak and have a blast fishing for mackerel in the coves from Hadley Point to Salisbury Cove to Hulls Cove. Time it with the tides for best enjoyment. Head out on outgoing slack tide and let the incoming bring you back home. I bring a trout rod and leave the rest of my gear at home. If you really want to fish, stick to the mackerel by kayak or head towards the cliffs and Sand Beach area to cast for small pollock.

Lots of biking and hiking to do. If you go mid-August the falcons will have moved and you hike the Precipice Trail. If heights bother you, don't do it. BeeHive is another good trail but short unless you combine it in a larger loop, do this as early as possible if in tourist season. Did I say maps are important!! Jordan Pond loop for a casual easy short hike, finish it off with popovers at the house. Cadillac mountain for longer hikes, there are trails all over it and none are difficult. If you are fairly fit you could hike any trail there.

Mainly Meat for BBQ and beer!!!! There are a couple restaurants for them but the brewery is main one to go to. Bring a designated driver if you go to the brewery hungry and thirsty. Go to other one if you want good ice cream.

I hauled a 20 ft Starcraft one year and launched in and out at Hadley Point. You have to be careful as the tides are drastic there. Always park above the tide line. We had some great trips on the water that year from Hadley to Bar Harbor to Thunder hole. Just site seeing and mackerel fishing.
Thank you for all the info. I'm definitely putting your kayak areas on my to do list. Are there any stripers nearby? I've been reading online that the Maine coast is loaded with them in the summer but I'm thinking they may be a bit south of Acadia. I don't mind jumping in the truck and driving thirty or forty miles if there is action to be had.
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You'll stress yourself out trying to find stripers in Acadia. Going South makes more sense, the water stays real cold in Acadia. I dont know how far youd have to go, but following the migration maps may help. It'll take you 40 miles just to get off the island and back on the coastal route. I've really enjoyed just going and catching whatever is there, and trust me, when you get into mackerel there will be plenty action.

I've been contemplating a shell fishing license there. The mussels are the best in the world and they are everywhere.
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Also, check out the College of the Atlantic Dorr Musuem. I believe it is free, donations accepted. You can walk around the campus as well.
My kid broke his collar bone one year up there. The MDI hospital gave us a list of easy going things to check out as the mountain biking and hiking were no longer an option. The Dorr museum was a pleasant surprise. Its small but concentrated on the life around the island. You will only need to dedicate an hour or so there but it will be worth the stop in. Its a good rainy day visit to take up an hour.
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Leave the saltwater gear at home. Vast majority of bass and blues never make it that far north. U less you want to catch mackerel leave the saltwater stuff home. Bring the sweat water stuff for great trout and salmon fishing though
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Love Acadia. Been there 9 times.. Things book fast. If you want quiet .Bass harbor camp ground .( my favorite the potting shed cabin) If you want close to crown jewels of the park .Oceanside koa or woodlands( not as nice as ocean but ok) Yes there is freshwater fishing in and around the park eagle lake,echo lake,Jordan pond.ECT and nearby just north of Ellsworth. Bicking awesome.hiking awesome.saltwater shore fishing not really so much though you can try around bass harbor.( honestly I leave my tackle at home as I've only have limited time and so many trails, paths ECT..)
Highly recommend vagabond/ Masako queen Sw harbor is a fun fish/ lobster haul trip.. Not serious but fun during week.. They go deep on weekend to mt desert rock . Mainly Cod,Pollack and other ground fish. If you do the fish/ lobster haul you Can have your lobsters..yes your lobsters steamed at beals lobster pound for a couple of $$.. (P.s when asked always volunteer.. Trust me) As for tuna or shark charters,call chamber of commerce always great info no matter where u travel. Gulf of Maine can be sharky,seen quite a few on whale watch trips .
Book whale watch trip in bar harbour, I recommend last trip of day closest to full moon.( captain of the friendship 7 seems to favor the portside),either way get there early and get 1 of the bows. Great sunset on the ride back.. Dress warm.
As for when, we like 3rd week of August the local schools are open and the crowds tend to be less.
I could go on.. I fell in love with this area about 15 years ago.. If you never been you'll soon know why.
feel free to pm me, my wife and I always joke we should work for their tourism board .
There are several hiking guide books for Acadia buy a couple and study and plan." A walk in the park" I happen to like .
Everywhere you'll find a post card view .Too many to list.
every campsite has WiFi it seems. Cell coverage has improved over the years .A couple dead zones but text works 99% of the area.
Oh and there's the shuttle bus service A++.
Old Soaker blueberry soda 👌
Markets in southwest harbor. Tremont IGA .Just north of the island and Wal-Mart in Ellsworth 1/2 hour approx north of island. My usual suspects, prices drop with the mileage😀
Most campsite apart from national park camps (seawall and black woods)have all the hookups you'd want.
Gotta visit bar harbor at least 1 night and stop at" Kool as a Moose" fun store..Lots of quaint$$ resturants and shops to check out.
Good seafood place in bass harbor ( the name escapes me). Getting old..
Seeing you got almost a month I'd also look into going over to the schoodic peninsula much less traveled a little more authentic down east
Did I mention great place??
This kind of help is what makes THT such a great place. I hope to visit my sister in Boston soon and make the drive up to Acadia. This post makes it a priority! Thanks for taking the time.
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Any suggestions on campgrounds and Striper fishing in southern Maine? Right now, I'm planning this as a pretty long trip and I will drive through both Portland and Kennebunkport going in and going out. I can spend a week in southern Maine (is that Downeast?) and still have 3 weeks in Acadia.
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Great striper fishing around Kennebunkport in August!! Stay just a more South in Salisbury, MA and fish the Merrimack and Plum Island. If your lucky you can book the State Reservation.
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KOA saco. Was nice stayed in this area for a week years back. Stripers are on the smaller size to us further south but August definitely around. wells harbor and old orchard beach area is nice . Several open boats in wells harbor and oganaquit. ( I went out of wells harbor cod and pollok Very good trip forget boats name ran by some retired Gloucester sword guys, don't know if their still there . )Portland Kenabunk area lots to do. Old orchard beach has Their beach and pier and .There's a water park next to saco koa.
Saco river close by . A few guides around (again chamber of commerce is your friend). Local tackle shops are helpful also .
If your planning to make a few stops up to Mt Desert Island I'd also suggest. Rockland/Rock port.
very nice area to spend a few days..

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Just starting to plan a thirty (or so) day camping trip to Acadia National Park this summer but really have no idea which month is the best - June, July or August. I plan on taking my F-150 so I can drive around anywhere within reasonable distance to fish from shore, hop on a charter, hit up a good restaurant or find internet access. Any and all comments and suggestions regarding the following would be greatly appreciated:

Camping - Any particular camp grounds that are preferred? I'd like to be near the shore for saltwater fishing but it looks like the campsites are filling up fast and I'll have to move spots at least once during my stay? Should I move more than once to see different areas? Can I use a generator, etc.?

Shore fishing gear - Took a look at my surf gear and it's pretty ancient so I think I'll grab some new stuff. I don't want to buy $$$ gear as it'll essentially be open to theft from strangers for a month so I logged onto Tackle Direct and saw they had a BOGO on the Fin-Nor MLS60CP Megalite Spinning Reel. I ordered a pair and am thinking I'll get a a pair of 11' Tsunami XT Sapphire Surf Rods to make a decent cheap set. Does that sound like a good combo for the area? What else would I need for shore fishing? I'm thinking about building a bait launching canon out of PVC pipe... think that'll be helpful for the general area?

Shore fishing spots - Can anyone help on where to go and tell me what species will be in play, best times, etc??

Offshore charters - Are there Tuna in the area during the summer? I see a few head boats online but also saw one charter boat that advertises Tuna/Shark charters during the summer but they are really scarce with details. If there are Tuna around I would love to jump aboard a charter that does splits so I don't get sunk for the whole cost. Any recommendations would be great...

Freshwater fishing - Is it worth it in the summertime? Not into large or small mouth bass but trout, salmon, etc... are in my wheelhouse. Any fishing for them in the summer months nearby? I have plenty of light spinning gear but not sure on tackle for the area?

Hiking and Biking - I'll bring a bike with me so any particular trails and hikes that stand out. Any vistas to drive to?

Food - Any restaurants that are a can't miss and grocery stores that are recommended?

AT&T - How is the cell and data service from AT&T in the general area? Anybody know if there is any coverage in the campgrounds or good coffee shops, etc. nearby with wifi?

Any other suggestion/advice is appreciated
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You've picked one of the best places on earth, IMHO. There is no where else I would rather be than the Acadia area in AUGUST - more crowded, in the Park, but typically better weather. However, there are many, many islands that have free (but limited) camping spots. Join the Maine Island Trail Association ($25?), which publishes an annual guide to island camping spots along the entire Maine coast. There are literally 100s of islands you can access - some are islands accesable by ferry (Swans, Cranberrys, etc) and some are accessible by boat, including kayaks. You can charter boats - prices and quality vary but it is generally expensive. Water taxis are another option, as are sea kayaks. Since you're going to be there for 30 days, I would seriously consider buying a used boat, like a an older '17 Whaler, to get around, then sell when you're done. Lots of good (but steep) boat ramps all over the coast make most islands accessible from the main land if your willing to tow. Mount Desert, which contains the bulk of Acadia, is great but there are so many awesome islands to explore....

As noted previously, strippers are few and far between that far down east. In August, there will be tons of mackerel that easy to catch off any dock. I don't particularly care for them unless you clean them immediately, soak them in a little soy sauce, lemon juice and fresh garlic, and eat them hot off the grill. There are cod, but tough to find.

There are tuna (blue fin), they're around the islands, but if you hook up, they will wrap in lobster gear. So you need to go offshore, way offshore. And chunking/live lining is a problem because of seals. They do get a 'football' run off of Portland.

For biking, the carriage roads are all open to bikes and are well maintained gravel roads - you dont need a mountain bike to ride them. They are a great way to see the Park with some awesome vistas. LL Bean also sponsors a bus system with bike racks, so its an easy way to get to distance parts of the Island. For hiking, there is a ton of variety - if you like strenuous, then the ladder trails (Jordan Cliffs, Beehive, etc) are a must - they literally have iron ladders pegged into the cliffs.

My favorite restaurant is the Isleford Dock on Little Cranberry, which is ferry serviced multiple times a day. Another fun spot is little ice cream store on Great Cranberry - its in the middle of the Island on "I-95" and you can walk to a cobble beach from there and watch the boats coming through Western Way. Finally, if you can get to Frenchboro (also ferry served), they have great lobster roles. Better yet is to head out to an island on a sunny day with steel pot, some fresh corn and cold beer, buy some lobster right off a boat from a lobsterman, and have your own little lobster cookout.

Cell phone coverage is limited, ATT is better than Verizon.

Having a boat there is going to give you a lot more options, a lot more, and is going to open up a whole different world. Spend the $25 on MITA, get the guide, and you will see what I mean.

Been going my whole life and are fortunate to have a house there - PM or email me for info any time.
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Plenty of good advice above. I wouldn't bother bringing surfcasting gear, you're not going to catch anything from shore at Acadia. Bring some light tackle and fish the freshwater ponds or use it to fish from a canoe or kayak.

For camping, I like https://www.ssvc.info/

Take the boat from Southwest Harbor to Little Cranberry Island, walk up to the General Store and get a piece of the coffee cake.

I would go in June or September.
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You've picked one of the best places on earth, IMHO. There is no where else I would rather be than the Acadia area in AUGUST - more crowded, in the Park, but typically better weather. However, there are many, many islands that have free (but limited) camping spots. Join the Maine Island Trail Association ($25?), which publishes an annual guide to island camping spots along the entire Maine coast. There are literally 100s of islands you can access - some are islands accesable by ferry (Swans, Cranberrys, etc) and some are accessible by boat, including kayaks. You can charter boats - prices and quality vary but it is generally expensive. Water taxis are another option, as are sea kayaks. Since you're going to be there for 30 days, I would seriously consider buying a used boat, like a an older '17 Whaler, to get around, then sell when you're done. Lots of good (but steep) boat ramps all over the coast make most islands accessible from the main land if your willing to tow. Mount Desert, which contains the bulk of Acadia, is great but there are so many awesome islands to explore....

As noted previously, strippers are few and far between that far down east. In August, there will be tons of mackerel that easy to catch off any dock. I don't particularly care for them unless you clean them immediately, soak them in a little soy sauce, lemon juice and fresh garlic, and eat them hot off the grill. There are cod, but tough to find.

There are tuna (blue fin), they're around the islands, but if you hook up, they will wrap in lobster gear. So you need to go offshore, way offshore. And chunking/live lining is a problem because of seals. They do get a 'football' run off of Portland.

For biking, the carriage roads are all open to bikes and are well maintained gravel roads - you dont need a mountain bike to ride them. They are a great way to see the Park with some awesome vistas. LL Bean also sponsors a bus system with bike racks, so its an easy way to get to distance parts of the Island. For hiking, there is a ton of variety - if you like strenuous, then the ladder trails (Jordan Cliffs, Beehive, etc) are a must - they literally have iron ladders pegged into the cliffs.

My favorite restaurant is the Isleford Dock on Little Cranberry, which is ferry serviced multiple times a day. Another fun spot is little ice cream store on Great Cranberry - its in the middle of the Island on "I-95" and you can walk to a cobble beach from there and watch the boats coming through Western Way. Finally, if you can get to Frenchboro (also ferry served), they have great lobster roles. Better yet is to head out to an island on a sunny day with steel pot, some fresh corn and cold beer, buy some lobster right off a boat from a lobsterman, and have your own little lobster cookout.

Cell phone coverage is limited, ATT is better than Verizon.

Having a boat there is going to give you a lot more options, a lot more, and is going to open up a whole different world. Spend the $25 on MITA, get the guide, and you will see what I mean.

Been going my whole life and are fortunate to have a house there - PM or email me for info any time.
Thank you very much for the info.

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Plenty of good advice above. I wouldn't bother bringing surfcasting gear, you're not going to catch anything from shore at Acadia. Bring some light tackle and fish the freshwater ponds or use it to fish from a canoe or kayak.

For camping, I like https://www.ssvc.info/

Take the boat from Southwest Harbor to Little Cranberry Island, walk up to the General Store and get a piece of the coffee cake.

I would go in June or September.
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Once you visit once, you will never want to leave - that's what happened to me. I've lived here and own a boatyard and a couple of weekly vacation homes for 27 years. Best thing is being out on the water, and getting paid for it! Unfortunately it seems like we're just too busy to enjoy all there is.

Everyone above has hit all the good points. The Vagabond boat tour out of Bass Harbor is a good one - friend/customer runs it. Favorite restaurant is Jack Russell's Steak & Seafood.

I envy all the people that get to come here, and not have to work!

Try to do your food shopping off island in Ellsworth - better selection at the Shaw's and Hannaford markets.

And always respect Acadia National Park - leave nothing, and take nothing. It is one of our county's greatest jewels.

You might as well make your 2019 reservations now.
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