Update 10/13/20: We are now closed; see you in 2021! The 2020 season was "interesting" to put it mildly. Thank you to all who stayed with us through it!
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?

Due to Covid19, online reservations are suspended until further notice.

*Please note:  Reservations may be made for a minimum of three nights.

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.

 Every site has specific occupancy and equipment parameters based on that site's terrain, size and amenities.  Some sites accommodate just tents while others allow for small trailers or RVs.  Certain sites allow a maximum of 6 people while others allow up to only 2 people.

*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 in the Off Season: May 21 to June 26; September 8 to October 13.  NO DOGS ALLOWED during Peak Season: June 27 to September 7.

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 smaller 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 and what are the fees?

Watercraft rentals are suspended due to Covid-19.

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!

Single kayaks:  $16 for two hours; $26 for four hours

Tandem kayaks canoes: $20 for two hours; $30 for four hours

Stand-up paddle boards: $20 for two hours

We add a half hour for travel and prep from the office (where the transaction occurs and where you pick up your paddles and PFDs) to the floating docks in the C section where the boats are located.

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 broadband Wi-Fi at the Gathering Place.  Wi-Fi is not available throughout the entire campground.

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?

The Island Explorer is suspended for the 2020 season due to Covid19.

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

Do you have any job openings?

Click here for employment opportunities at Mount Desert Campground.

Do you have a dump station?

We are sorry, we do not.  There are septic dump stations just off of I 95 and at the Maine State Park in Lamoine.

Do you have links to all-things local?

Oh, yes . . .


Mount Desert Oceanarium & Lobster Hatchery:  theoceanarium.com
Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory offers programs throughout the summer: mdibl.org/events/
Real Pizza Cinerama: reelpizza.com
Acadia Repertory Theatre:  acadiarep.com/index.html
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden https://www.rockgardenmaine.com

Asticou Azalea Garden   https://www.gardenpreserve.org/gardens
Charlotte Rhoades Park and Butterfly Garden http://www.rhoadesbutterflygarden.org/index.html
Acadia National Park  https://www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm
Acadia Magic Carriage Road  http://www.acadiamagic.com/carriage-roads.htm
Bike Shop   http://www.acadiaoutfitters.com/index.html ??? or is it the other one
Carriage Rides  info@carriagesofacadia.com
Friends of Acadia https://friendsofacadia.org

See What Our Campers Are Saying

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

My wife and I just spent two weeks at Mount Desert Campground and it is the nicest campground we have ever stayed at. The tent platform provided for easy set up of our tent and drained well in the rain. We had a beautiful view of Somes Sound from our campsite… read more

happy camper Dan B.

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

Clean bathrooms and showers. Quiet. Spacious and private sites. Platforms are wonderful. The gathering place was great for wifi accessibility. The staff was very helpful. Close to Acadia. Awesome campground

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happy camper Charissa Z.
Ashuelot, New Hampshire