Swan’s Island has three village: Atlantic, in Mackerel Cove on the north coast; Swan’s Island, on the shores of Burnt Coat Harbor in the south; and Minturn. The economy of the island is mostly dependent on lobstering income. Swan’s Island has about 40 full-time lobstermen and women and many part-timers, including school children who fish from small skiffs in the summer.

Quick Facts

  • Year-round population, 2010 U.S. Census: 332
  • Summer population estimate: 1,000
  • Acres: 8,014
  • Mainland ferry terminal: Bass Harbor
  • Estimated distance between mainland and island ferry docks: 6 miles
  • Ferry service: Maine State Ferry Service
  • School: Swan's Island Elementary (K–8; students commute off-island for high school)
  • Form of town government: Independent town