waterfront campsite surrounded by woods

Mount Desert Campground Frequently Asked Questions

We try to answer many of the questions you may have, if you still have questions, or would like to make a reservation, please contact us by phone (207) 244-3710 or make an online reservation now.

Can I make a reservation online?

Yes.  Please click here to reserve now.

*Please note: Reservations may be made for a minimum of three nights.  However, waterfront/water view sites are only reserved for one week blocks of time (Saturday to Saturday) in July and August.

How many people and cars do you allow per site?

We allow one car per site.  If you absolutely must bring a second vehicle, you may park it at our office lot for an additional $5 per night.

The "number-of-people-allowed" question is a tricky one to answer clearly and succinctly. Please contact us if your party is larger than 2 adults and 2 or 3 children and we will advise you whether your party needs one or more sites.

*You must call us if your plans change and you intend to bring more people than you originally reserved for.  We have strict site occupancy limitations and we may or may not be able to accommodate your request.

Do you allow dogs?

Dogs are welcome when the season is quieter during the months of May, June, September and October.  NO DOGS ALLOWED JULY AND AUGUST.

What are tent platforms?

Tent platforms are wooden decks that you place your tent on as opposed to traditional ground sites.  In order to maintain as natural a setting as possible, we opted to use these decks rather than using fill to make a level area on some of the sites.  The platform keeps your tent drier even when it does not rain since it allows for good air circulation under your tent.  Almost all of the platforms are 12’X16’, a few of the small sites have 12’X12’ platforms.  Some of the new multiple room tents are too long to fit on the platforms so make sure your tent will fit.  Please note that we still have plenty of level sites for those who prefer to tent on the ground or for pop-up's.

How do I “stake” my tent to a platform?

We provide you with a bundle of nails to use in place of stakes.  You simply drive nails into the platform where your stakes would normally go and bend the nails over so they become hooks for the stake rings on your tent.

What do you rent for canoes, kayaks & paddle boards?

We rent Old Town Discovery canoes and a mixture of single and two person kayaks such as Perception Keowee/Keowee 2's and Old Town Loons. We only rent makes of kayaks that are very stable and maneuverable.  We have stand-up paddle boards, too!

Can I take the rentals off premises?

No.  For your safety, the rentals remain for use here at the campground for registered guests only.

Can I bring my own canoe or kayak?

Yes, you may bring your own personal canoe or kayak but we limit the amount of canoes/kayaks that may be tied to the floats to one per family.

*No larger watercraft or any form of motorboat are to be tied to the floats.

Do you offer Internet access?

Yes, we offer free Wi-Fi at the Gathering Place.

Do you have cell/data service?

Yes, AT&T® and U.S. Cellular® customers enjoy robust LTE coverage.  Verizon® Voice is ok, but data is still sketchy.

Does the free Island Explorer bus stop right at the campground?

Yes!  We are a regular stop on the Southwest Harbor/Bar Harbor route.

Do you have any job openings?

Click here for employment opportunities at Mount Desert Campground.

Do you have a Dump Station?

We are sorry, no we do not.  If you have an Acadia Park Pass, you may dump at the Park dump station for free.

See What Our Campers Are Saying

Don't take our word for it, view all our testimonials on Trip Advisor

This is our second time at this campground - just a quick stop this time - it is beautiful! The sites are spaced out with trees between neighbors so that there is no feeling of crowding, just of nature. We had a platform for our tent again with this trip and… read more

happy camper Gillian C.
New Hampshire

Camped here for 5 days in early July. What a great location. Very convenient to whole island and all it has to offer. Campground is well maintained but rustic. We used bathhouse C which was fairly new and well cared for. There are pay showers, but very… read more

happy camper Benjy C.
Raleigh, North Carolina

Beautiful site (even though it was not waterfront - if you have that option, grab one!)! Facilities were super clean. The Gathering Place (the camp store) was a great place to start the day for coffee, local bakery goodies and wi-fi. The floats provided… read more

happy camper Jeannie F.
Maine