Update 5/28/23: We are open for the season! The Gathering Place opens June, 8. Make your reservations now !
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?

*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 25 to June 23 and then September 5 to October 10, 2023.  NO DOGS ALLOWED during Peak Season: June 24 to September 4, 2023.

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?

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:  1 hour:  $14  / 2 hours: $22 / 4 hours: $32

Tandem kayaks, canoes, paddleboards:  1 hour: $18 / 2 hours: $28 / 4 hours: $38

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 200/10mbps Spectrum® Wi-Fi at the Gathering Place.  Wi-Fi is not available throughout the entire campground.

Do you have cell/data service?

Yes, most major carriers have a robust presence at the campground with high speed data and voice.

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

Yes! We ARE a stop for the Explorer, but the 2023 schedule has not been published yet.  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 close by.  Ask us for a list.

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

See What Our Campers Are Saying

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

This is one of our favorite campgrounds, ever! The waterfront campsites are breathtaking, the neighbors are respectful campers, and the grounds and facilities are meticulously maintained. Most sites have platforms for the tents, so set-up is easy. The staff are… read more

happy camper JC Mueller
Exeter, NH

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 wonderful… read more

happy camper Jeannie F.

This campground is awesome. It's better than the National Park sites. There are a lot of great sites on the water. There are a lot of great wooded sites. The bathrooms are modern. The water taps are plentiful. The views of the water sublime. It's one of the better… read more

happy camper Jason M.
Boston, MA