Swan’s Island is located off the coast of Maine near Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island. It is a remote island, with ferry service originating in Bass Harbor.


Swan’s Island has three villages: 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.

Swan’s Island, like Monhegan, has its own lobster zone, with a significantly lower trap limit than many other fishing areas. The lobster industry provides a majority of income earned by island families.

Quick Facts

  • Year-round population, 2010 U.S. Census: 380
  • Summer population estimate: 1,000
  • Area: 7,000 acres
  • Mainland ferry terminal: Bass Harbor
  • Estimated distance between Bass Harbor and island ferry dock: 6 miles
  • Ferry service: Maine Department of Transportation
  • School: Pre-K–5
  • Form of town government: Independent town

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