Hipcamp host Midcoast C.,
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On Damariscotta Lake, these sister islands, shaped like a pair of spectacles as their name suggests, offer opportunities for swimming, blueberry picking, camping, and general exploration. Although the islands make up a small portion of the 1000+ acres protected by Midcoast Conservancy in the Damariscotta Lake Watershed, they are among the most popular. The islands have lon

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On Damariscotta Lake, these sister islands, shaped like a pair of spectacles as their name suggests, offer opportunities for swimming, blueberry picking, camping, and general exploration. Although the islands make up a small portion of the 1000+ acres protected by Midcoast Conservancy in the Damariscotta Lake Watershed, they are among the most popular. The islands have long been a gathering spot for local families to swim. The islands were donated to Midcoast Conservancy in 2000 and are now forever protected. When you reserve your spot on Spectacle Island, know that it comes with a healthy dose of day use during peak summer weekends.

The islands are open to daily public use, from dawn until dusk. The islands can be reached by kayak, canoe, paddleboard, or small motor boat. Campers are required to allow day use by other visitors during their stay and to respect the quiet nature of the island by keeping noise to a minimum after 9pm.

Campers may spend a maximum of two consecutive nights. All waste must be packed out: human, pet and otherwise.

Reservation includes both islands. Each island, North and South, provides one camping site. A maximum of 4 people per site are permitted, one tent per island site.

We highly suggest campers arrive at the island no later than 5pm.

Note: For the past several summers, Damariscotta Lake has experienced cyanobacteria outbreaks, which in high concentrations or with prolonged exposure can pose a health risk to humans and pets. For more information on cyanobacteria, visit the Damariscotta Lake Water Quality Alerts page on our website and follow Damariscotta Lake Watch on Instagram and/or Facebook for the latest water quality updates. Please note that there are inherent risks in open water recreation, and we recommend to follow best practices, including to avoid scummy or dense areas, avoid inadvertently swallowing lake water while swimming, keep pets from drinking the lake water, and avoid using lake water for drinking or household use.

Campsite area
Tent site
1 site
Up to 8 guests per site
Boat
2WD Accessible
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Pets allowed
No toilet
Amenities
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
No hot tub
No playground
Have a question? Send Midcoast a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Boating

Boating will be r

Fishing
Paddling
Swimming

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Spectacle Island Campsite in Maine.

Beach

It's an Island...

Lake

Places to see near Spectacle Island, Damariscotta Lake

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Hipcamper Ethan
Ethan R.
recommends this listing.
September 11th, 2022

As advertised, a great spot to camp on the lake. The state boat launch off of Bunker Hill Rd has a sign saying no overnight parking but we were not aware before hand and didn’t have another option. No ticket or issues but wanted others to have a heads up.

Hipcamper Rebecca

Hidden gem

Rebecca C.
recommends this listing.
September 9th, 2022

What a beautiful hidden little gem of a campsite. Very easy to paddle to and a beautiful setting. It is an excellent way to spend summertime in Maine and connect with nature.

Hipcamper Courtney
Courtney N.
recommends this listing.
September 3rd, 2022

Beautiful and easy to access campsite and warm water for swimming, fishing and canoeing. There was a lot of powerboat and jet ski action in the afternoon, but we were still able to enjoy the setting.

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Hipcamper Alex

Beautiful but watch for squatters

Alex C.
recommends this listing.
August 7th, 2022

So peaceful at night and the early morning! Unfortunately someone else set up camp at one of the islands by the time we got there at 3pm Saturday. We prefer to camp at the island without the rope swing but the reservation is supposed to include both islands. The squatters left it a mess and had a very loud barking dog. We love this campsite but worry the signage isn’t deterring people from treating it as first come first serve instead of reservation only.

Hipcamper Robin B.
recommends this listing.
September 5th, 2022
Hipcamper Amy P.
recommends this listing.
July 20th, 2022