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Cornish Island is a 15 acre private island.  It is only accessible by boat.Your fee includes a canoe for every 2 people. All canoes come with paddles and PFDs. Not feeling like paddling; Jim Cornish will transport you to and from the island; for a flat fee. 

Push off of the public boat launch in Brunswick Maine for a short 3/4 of a mile to an island retreat.  On your t

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Cornish Island is a 15 acre private island.  It is only accessible by boat.Your fee includes a canoe for every 2 people. All canoes come with paddles and PFDs. Not feeling like paddling; Jim Cornish will transport you to and from the island; for a flat fee. 

Push off of the public boat launch in Brunswick Maine for a short 3/4 of a mile to an island retreat.  On your trip out, see bald eagles and osprey diving for fish, hear the slap of a beaver tail and the chuckling of the squirrels as you set foot on your island. You'll feel like you're miles away from everything but you're still in the middle of Maines beautiful Midcoast region. We have added some new features in 2019; a waterproof  screen house is set up at the location. The screen house has a picnic table and a small propane BBQ that takes the 1 pound cans. There is also a 12 x 12 tent for your use. 

Canoe Merrymeeting Bay - the largest Estuary on the east coast.  If you have a water dog, bring the buoy, a tired dog is a happy dog. At the end of a day paddling, relax by the fire and hear the rustling of the leaves overhead. You might even see deer on occasion. If you want to day trip or lunch out, Brunswick features dozens of great restaurants and shops. 

Museums at Bowdoin College and a farmers market on Fridays and you can't leave without checking out Frosty's Donuts - 55 years of donut goodness. 20 minutes to Freeport LLBean area, 15 minutes to Bath, 40 minutes to Boothbay Harbor and 35 minutes back to Portland.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 8 guests per site
Boat
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
No showers
Pack it out
Have a question? Send James a message!
  • Check in: After 4PM
  • Check out: Before 2PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out

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Motor Boat transport to the island

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Firewood bundle

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Experience

Master Maine Guide instruction

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Boating

Canoeing, Kayaking, paddle boarding in the Androscoggin River.

Fishing

Brackish tidal water, fish for small mouth bass, striped bass and pike.

Hiking

15 acres of island to explore.

Paddling

Kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding.

Wind sports

Do you windsurf? There is a strong wind that blows up and down the length of the Androscoggin River next to the island.

Swimming

We recommend water shoes when swimming.

Wildlife watching

Cornish Island is just north of Merrymeeting Bay, the largest estuary on the east coast. eagles, osprey, beavers etc.

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Cornish Island Near the Bay in Maine.

Forest

15 acres of forested island, both hardwoods and conifers.

River, stream, or creek

The island is located on the Androscoggin River is one of the longest river in the state. It starts in New Hampshire and flows ...Read more

Swimming hole

During high tide sheltered cove is up to 10 feet deep, low tide, 5 feet deep.

Beach

The vibe at Cornish Island Near the Bay

Places to see near Cornish Island by the Bay

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Hipcamper Erin
Erin W.
recommends this listing.
October 2nd, 2017

There are few places quite as incredible as this! Staying on a private island was a real treat, and with the many accommodations provided by our host, we did so in complete comfort! Ask Jim, the host, to add an hour of outdoor skill training to your weekend visit, as he's a registered maine guide! There are numerous places to set up a tent, and you have the option of canoeing, bringing your own kayaks or small skiff, or talking with Jim about options for his assistance getting out to the island! Even opt to take the train up the coast, where he will pick you up! There's tons of paddling options, and we listened to multiple critters as we fell asleep. The comfort of having a host with such experience allowed us to feel as though we were having a private retreat, and it was amazing!

forest people campfireboating activity waterWe moved closer for lounging with a little extra heat while reading!Dawn-- a campfire was necessary and fully supplied by our host!
Hipcamper Jocelyn
Jocelyn K.
recommends this listing.
August 9th, 2018

Hosts were absolutely wonderful! Very accommodating and very friendly. We had some trouble both with traffic (we were late) and weather during our trip, but Jim was very flexible and helpful. Our dog loved having the ability to run free on the island, and we had a really lovely time taking the canoe out on the river. Thank you!

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Hipcamper Emily

Perfect summer weekend

Emily S.
recommends this listing.
July 31st, 2019

We had a great time on Cornish Island. Jim and his wife were incredibly helpful. There is plenty of space to set up tents, and it was nice and convenient having a large screen tent and picnic table already there, along with a propane BBQ. We had so much fun, and we’ll definitely return!

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Hipcamper James
Response from James, the Host, on May 30th, 2020

Hi Emily, Thank you for your great review(a season late!) but Jim and I appreciate it. Looking forward to hosting you and your friends again.

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Hipcamper Terence

Canoe paradise

Terence M.
recommends this listing.
August 21st, 2019

Canoe or kayak paradise. My girlfriend, dog, and I spent two great days hanging out in our canoe exploring and swimming around Cornish Island. It is a tidal area and the crystal clear water is about 12 inches deep all around the island at low tide. It is mostly freshwater around the island. Tons of cool places to explore in kayak or canoe.

Campsite was very comfortable with screened in area for cooking and eating, large fire pits, pit toilet, and plenty of firewood and water provided. There is also a sizable tent on the premises with cord inside. We brought an air mattress that fit inside the tent easily, so it was quite comfortable.

It was our first time so I was slightly nervous about directions, but Jim met me at the launch spot and sent me on my way with a map (easy to find) and even some delicious muffins from his wife. Highly recommend, we will return for sure.

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Hipcamper James
Response from James, the Host, on May 30th, 2020

Thank you very much for the wonderful review Terence. (Sorry I'm late responding). Hoping to see you this year and remember, our site can take 10 campers, so introduce Cornish Island to your friends!

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Hipcamper Christopher
Christopher L.
recommends this listing.
August 25th, 2019

This site exceeded all expectations. The host goes above and beyond. There was more than enough fire wood provided. Bottled water is provided on site with a tent and screen house already set up.

Hipcamper James
Response from James, the Host, on May 29th, 2020

Thank you for your great review Christopher! Happy you enjoyed your stay.

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Hipcamper Stephanie

Incredible site, spectacular hosts!

Stephanie C.
recommends this listing.
May 26th, 2020

This site and experience exceeded our expectations. We rented the host’s canoes and were able to fit multiple coolers, camping gear, and bags, and safely made it to the island. The island was equipped with everything we needed to cook, clean, use the facilities, and sleep! One of my favorite parts - besides being in the boat - was sitting on the dock and staring up at the night sky; the stars were amazing. I could go on for pages about how fun this weekend was, but you have to go see for yourself! I’ve already recommended the site to friends!

Beautiful at night. Canoes at dusk. Canoeing on the river!Campfire!
Hipcamper James
Response from James, the Host, on May 29th, 2020

Thank you very much for your glowing review Stephanie. Jim and I are always happy when someone enjoys our island as much as we do! Hope to see you again!

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Hipcamper Arthur

Private and dog friendly!

Arthur V.
recommends this listing.
June 2nd, 2020

Had a great time on the private island. Plenty of space to spread out and had fun canoeing to and from. The tents, fire pits, and firewood were a huge bonus. Super dog friendly. We highly recommend this spot!

Hipcamper James
Response from James, the Host, on June 12th, 2020

Thank you for your review Arthur and yes, a tired dog is a happy dog! Happy everyone had a great time.

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Hipcamper Erin
Erin H.
recommends this listing.
July 13th, 2020

This campsite has everything you need! Just pack your food and sleeping bags! James and Kris met us at the boat ramp and helped us load our canoe, gave us directions, fishing tips and a history and were very sweet and informative. The site is gorgeous and very open. There are all kinds of tools for cooking - grates, spatulas etc. there’s a bin with goodies from past campers (bug spray, snacks, games), a trash and recycling bin, benches, chairs, a large screen house and tent, outhouse, kindling, forestarters and wood! We swam from the dock and canoed all around. The river is beautiful and clear and has a sandy bottom. There is cell service on the island. This trip was well worth the money and offers so much! Gorgeous and highly recommended!

Hipcamper James
Response from James, the Host, on July 25th, 2020

Thank you for the great review Erin! We are happy you enjoyed the Island and hope to see you again!

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Hipcamper Caitrin
Caitrin G.
recommends this listing.
July 21st, 2020

What a lovely spot! Jim and Kris are great hosts, really committed to ensuring you have a good visit, and have thoughtfully outfitted the site with everything needed. There is some highway noise, but you get used to it. Canoeing, campfires and bald eagle sightings - so cool. Bring your hammock if you have one, there are a couple well-positioned trees that are great for reading / watching the river!

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Hipcamper James
Response from James, the Host, on July 25th, 2020

Thank you Caitrin. As a camper with multiple Hipcamp experiences, we appreciate you review and your feedback. We hope to host you again!

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Awards

Best in 2021 Maine
Finalist
Best of 2018 Maine
8th place
Property
Cornish Island by the Bay
State
Maine
Country
United States
$90/night
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