The town of Frenchboro is located on Long Island, near Swan’s Island, but incorporates eleven other islands, including Great Duck, Little Duck, and Mount Desert Rock. The primary industry in the town is lobster fishing.


The town of Frenchboro is located on Long Island, at the entrance of Blue Hill Bay, eight miles southeast of the town of Bass Harbor on Mount Desert Island. The island is two miles long by a mile and a half wide at its widest point, and consists of a total of 2,500 acres, roughly 1,000 of which are owned by Maine Coast Heritage Trust. The lobster fishing around Frenchboro provides families with the majority of their income.

Quick Facts

  • Year-round population, 2010 U.S. Census: 61
  • Summer population estimate: 150
  • Acres: 2,473
  • Mainland ferry terminal: Bass Harbor
  • Estimated distance between mainland and island ferry docks: 8.25 miles
  • Ferry service: Maine State Ferry Service
  • School: K-8 one-room schoolhouse, commute off-island for high school, usually board off-island
  • Form of town government: Independent town

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