Maine Boat Launches
This is not a complete list, please forward any other listings to me.  Map numbers and location are in reference to DeLorme’s Maine Atlas and Gazetteer.

Casco Bay

South Portland
Location: Follow Broadway to end and take left by Spring Point Marina.  Launch is on the right (Map 3-5A)
Conditions: Hard surface, all tides
Parking: Available; no overnight
Fee: Yes
Contact: Parks and Recreation: (207)-767-7651

 

Portland
Location: East End Beach (Map 5-E5)
Conditions: Hard surface, all tides
Parking: Available; no overnight
Fee: Yes
Contact:  Parks and Recreation: (207)-874-8793
Portland
Location: Portland Yacht Services, 58 Fore Street
Conditions: Concrete ramp, all tides
Parking: Available to slip and mooring customers only, All-day parking is not available
Fee: Yes, $15 ramp fee
Contact: (207)-774-1067
Falmouth
Location: Off Rt.88 by Town Landing Market
Conditions: Hard surface, all tides
Parking: No non-resident parking; for residents there is a lower lot, permit required
Fee: $10 launch fee for non-residents
Contact: Harbor Master: (207)-781-2300
Yarmouth
Location: Public Ramp, Town landing on Royal River
Conditions: Hard surface
Parking: Limited parking available; for overnight call Harbor Master in advance
Fee: Yes, $5 fee to launch
Contact: Harbor Master: (207)-846-3333
Yarmouth
Location: Yarmouth Boat Yard Off Rt.88, on the Royal River
Conditions: Dirt ramp, half-tide or higher
Parking: Available; overnight ok
Fee: Yes
Contact: (207)-846-9050
Yarmouth
Location: Yankee Marina, Off Rt. 88, next to Lower Falls Landing
Conditions: Concrete ramp, all tides
Parking: Available; overnight ok
Fee: Yes,$10 fee
Contact: (207)-846-4326
Freeport
Location: Winslow Memorial Park, off South Freeport Road
Conditions: Paved ramp, mucky at low tide
Parking: Available; no overnight. Clear with park staff and you may be able  to arrange overnight parking by the road.
Fee: Yes, $2 entrance fee, $5 entrance/overnight fee. Launch fee $3 for residents, $5 for non-residents
Contact: Harbor Master: (207)-865-4198
Freeport
Location: Harraseeket Harbor
Conditions: Paved, all tides
Parking: Available; no overnight
Fee: No
Contact: Harbor Master: (207)-865-4546      Police: (207)-865-4212
South Freeport
Location: Brewer’s South Freeport Marine, in harbor
Conditions: All sizes of boats are welcome
Parking: Daily & overnight available
Fee: Yes, $0.50 per sq. ft. launch fee
Contact: (207)-865-3181
Brunswick
Location: Wharton Point
Conditions: Tidal
Parking: Limited; no overnight
Fee: No
Contact: Harbor Master: (207)-725-6631      Town Hall: (207)-725-6659
Brunswick
Location: Simpson Point (Map 6-C3)
Conditions: Tidal
Parking: Extremely limited; park away from landing; no overnight
Fee: No
Contact: Harbor Master: (207)-725-6631     Town Hall: (207)-725-6659
Brunswick
Location: Sawyer Park, New Meadows Marina (Map 6-B3)
Conditions: Deep water; concrete ramp
Parking: Available; no overnight
Fee: No
Contact: Harbor Master: (207)-725-6631     Town Hall: (207)-725-6659
Harpswell
Location: Dolphin Marine (Map 6-F2), Basin Point
Conditions: Paved ramp, all tides
Parking: Available; park in nearby field; must make arrangements for overnight.
Fee: Yes
Contact: (207)-833-5343
Orr’s Island
Location: SJ Prince and Son, north of bridge from Orr’s to Bailey Island
Conditions: Gravel ramp, all tides
Parking: Available; overnight ok
Fee: Yes
Contact: (207)-725-8145
Cundy’s Harbor
Location: Bethel Point Boatyard and Marina (Map 6-D4), Bethel Point Road
Conditions: Paved, all tides
Parking: Roadside daily and overnight parking available with town permit (call town office); also daily and overnight parking available in marina owner’s yard for $5 per day
Fee: No
Contact: (207)-725-8145

Western Rivers

Bath (State Launch)
Location: Bowery Street past Stinsons, on Kennebec River (Map 6-B5)
Conditions: Hard surface, all tides
Parking: Available; overnight ok (for boaters only; not general public) please call first
Fee: No
Contact: Police: (207)-443-5563
Bath (State Launch)
Location: Kennebec River just south of Maine Maritime Museum
Conditions: Paved, all tides
Parking: Available; overnight ok (for boaters only; not general public)
Fee: No
Contact: Police: (207)-443-5563
Phippsburg (State Ramp)
Location: Morse Cove Public Ramp, Fiddler Reach Road, off Rt. 209 (Map 6-C5)
Conditions: Concrete ramp, all tides, float
Parking: Available; overnight parking in upper lot only
Fee: No
Contact: Harbor Master: (207)-389-1304
Fort Popham
Location: Fort Popham (see Guidebook listing for more information)
Conditions: Small beach suitable for hand launch, muds out at low tide
Parking: Available; no overnight; closes at sunset
Fee: No launch fee, but there is a park users’ fee: ages 5-11 $1.00; ages 12-64 $3.00; all others free.
Contact: Popham Beach State Park: (207)-389-1335
Wiscasset
Location: In town harbor (Map 7-B2)
Conditions: Hard surface, all tides for small boats; half tide for larger craft
Parking: Limited parking, day and night
Fee: No
Contact: Harbor Master: (207)-882-7230
Wiscasset
Location: Off Rt. 144, near Maine Yankee (Map 7-B1)
Conditions: Hard surface, all tides for small boats; half tide for larger ones
Parking: Available; overnight ok
Fee: No
Contact: Harbor Master: (207)-882-7230
Wiscasset
Location: Montsweag River near the airport runway
Conditions: Hand launch for kayaks and canoes; high tide only
Parking: Available; overnight ok
Fee: No
Contact: Harbor Master: (207)-882-7230
Boothbay
Location: Town Landing at Juniper Point
Conditions: Dirt road to concrete launch, all tides
Parking: No
Fee: No
Contact: Harbor Master: (207)-633-5281     Town Hall: (207)-633-3671
Boothbay
Location: Carousel Marina, Atlantic Avenue (Map 7-C2)
Conditions: Paved, half-tide; steep and slick with seaweed
Parking: No
Fee: Yes, $10 non-residents, no fee residents
Contact: (207)-633-0709
Boothbay
Location: Town dock between Pier 6 & 8 on Commercial Street
Conditions: Float, no ramp
Parking: Limited and metered at pier; additional parking at top of the hill in front of Town Hall; overnight available at Cap’n Fish lot by Pier 8
Fee: Yes, depending on where you park
Contact: Harbor Master: (207)-633-5281     Cap’n Fish: (207)-633-6605
Boothbay
Location: Lobster Dock (private launch) Atlantic Avenue (Map 7-C2)
Conditions: Hard surface, all tides
Parking: No
Fee: $15
Contact: (207)-633-0709
Damariscotta
Location: Damariscotta River (Map 7-A3)
Conditions:  Paved, all tides
Parking: Very limited-less than 10 available first-come, first-serve, can accomodate trailers; call first for overnight parking information
Fee: No
Contact: Town Hall: (207)-563-3398
Christmas Cove
Location: Coveside Marine, Christmas Cove
Conditions: Concrete ramp, half tide
Parking: Available; no overnight
Fee: Yes
Contact: (207)-644-8780
Pemaquid
Location: Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site (Map 7-C3; see Guidebook listing for more information), Pemaquid Beach
Conditions: Paved and gravel ramps; all tides
Parking: Available; overnight ok, call for information
Fee: No
Contact: (207)-677-2423

Muscongus Bay

Broad Cove
Location: Off Rt.32, Dutch Neck Road (Map 7-A5)
Conditions: Information not available
Parking: Available, but not recommended (call police for alternatives)
Fee: Information not available
Contact: Police: (207)-832-4500   WARNING: We have had some reports of vandalism to cars with out-of-state plates
Medomak
Location: Broad Cove Marine Rt.32 to Medomak Road (Map 7-B5)
Conditions: Gravel, all tides
Parking: Available; make arrangements for overnight
Fee: Yes, $7/day parking
Contact: (207)-529-5186
Friendship
Location: Friendship Harbor (Map 7-B5)
Conditions: Paved, all tides
Parking: Day parking, no overnight; 7 available town landings for launch
Fee: No
Contact: Town Hall: (207)-832-7644
Thomaston
Location: In harbor (Map 8-A2)
Conditions: Paved, all tides
Parking: Limited; overnight available with police permission
Fee: No
Contact: Town Hall: (207)-354-2511
Port Clyde
Location: Town dock, Port Clyde Harbor
Conditions: Concrete ramp, all tides
Parking: Available for overnight; call Monhegan Boat
Fee: No
Contact: Monhegan-Thomaston Boat Line: (207)-372-6691
Monhegan
The ferry to Monhegan from Port Clyde sails at least once per day in season and will transport kayaks as freight.

W. Penobscot Bay

Tenants Harbor
Location: Public Ramp (Map 8-B2)
Conditions: Pave, all tides
Parking: Available at nearby Cod End Marina;  overnight ok
Fee: Yes
Contact: Cod End Marina:  207-372-8217
S. Thomaston
Location: Birch Point Beach, south of Owls Head (Map 8-A3)
Conditions: Sandy beach, hand-carried launch only
Parking: Available;  no overnight, closes at sunset
Fee: No
Contact: Town Office:  207-594-7434
Also a public landing on Rt. 73 towards Rockland – NO PARKING
Owls Head
Location: Owls Head Light State Park (see MITA Guidebook listing for more information)
Conditions: Small gravel beach suitable for hand launch
Parking: Available 200 yards from beach; no overnight, park closes at sunset
Fee: No
Contact: BPL Southern Region:  207-624-6080
Rockland
Location: Rockland Harbor (Map 14-E3)
Conditions: Hard surface, all tides
Parking: Available; check in with attendant for overnight
Fee: Yes
Contact: Harbor Master:  207-594-0312  /  Town Hall:  207-594-8431
Rockland
Location: Snow Marine Park, next to Hurricane Island Outward Bound School
Conditions: ?
Parking: Available daily and overnight
Fee: Yes
Contact: ?
Rockland
Location: Knight Marine Service, 525 Main Street
Conditions: ?
Parking: $5 / day, overnight available
Fee: Hand-launch free; fee if launch needs crane assistance
Contact: 207-594-4068
Rockland
Location: Rockport, near Rockport Boat Club (Map 14-D3)
Conditions: Hard surface, all tides
Parking: Available; no overnight
Fee: Yes
Contact: Town Hall:  207-236-6245
Camden
Location: Public ramp off Sea Street (Steamboat Landing)
Conditions: Paved ramp, all tides; no floats
Parking: Available; overnight ok but not more than 1 day
Fee: No
Contact: Town Hall:  207-236-3353 / Harbor Master:  207-236-7969 / Police:  207-236-3030
Lincolnville
Location: Lincolnville Beach (Map 14-C4)
Conditions: Paved Ramp and public beach, all tides;  bottom out
Parking: Limited; overnight parking available at ferry terminal with permit from town office; avoid resident spaces
Fee: Yes
Contact: Harbor Master:  207-763-3986 or 207-789-5461 /  Town Hall:  207-763-3555
Isleboro
There is frequent car ferry service from Lincolnville to Islesboro (Maine State Ferry Service 800-491-4883).  Kayaks must be transported on top of vehicles, not as freight.
Location: At ferry dock (Map 14-C4)
Conditions: Hard surface, all tides
Parking: No overnight
Fee: No
Contact: Town Hall:  207-734-2253
Belfast
Location: Public ramp, foot of Main Street (Map 14-A4)
Conditions: Hard surface, all tides
Parking: Offsite parking available for free
Fee: Yes
Contact: Harbor Master:  207-338-1142 / Town Hall:  207-338-3370
Searsport
Location: Searsport Harbor (Map 14-A5)
Conditions: Hard surface, all tides
Parking: Available; for overnight talk to harbor master
Fee: No
Contact: Harbor Master Wayne Hamilton of Hamilton Marine:  207-548-6302
Stockton Springs
Location: Off Cape Road (Map 15-A2)
Conditions: Best at high tide
Parking: Available;  overnight ok but not patrolled
Fee: No
Contact: Town Hall:  207-567-3404
Stockton Springs
Location: Fort Point State Park, Cape Jellison (see MITA Guidebook listing for more information)
Conditions: Small beach suitable for hand launch, floating pier;  strong tidal currents
Parking: Available; no overnight;  park closes at sunset;  100 yard carry to launch
Fee: Yes
Contact: 207-567-3356
Penobscot
Location: Off route 175 on Northern Bay (Map 15-A3)
Conditions: Hard surface, part tide
Parking: Information not available
Fee: Information not available
Contact: Town Hall:  207-326-4364
Bucksport
Location: Penobscot River off Route 15 (Map 23-D2)
Conditions: Dirt road to paved launch, all tides
Parking: Available; overnight ok but gate closes at sunset
Fee: No
Contact: Harbor Master:  207-469-7952 or 207-469-6300

East Penobscot Bay / Deer Isle

S. Brooksville
Location: Buck’s Harbor Marine, South Brooksville
Conditions: Kayak launch from float or rocky shore, all tides at float
Parking: Overnight parking available, trailer parking back of Community Center
Fee: Yes
Contact: 207-326-8839
Little Deer Isle
Location: Marina at Eggemoggin Landing
Conditions: Gravel beach, all tides; of for trailered boats with four-wheel drive
Parking: Available
Fee: Yes, launch fee $0.50/foot and overnight parking for $6/night
Contact: 207-348-6115
Stonington
Downtown launch areas in the small community of Stonington can be very congested in summer months.  Have a game plan ready to deal with parking, and leave room for others, especially when packing and unpacking gear.
Location: Town recreational dock near the stonecutter statue.  (Do not use the large dock for working boats further to west.)
Conditions: All tides float for kayak launching
Parking: No parking on street or town property.  Isle au Haut Ferry:  On Seabreeze Ave. closed at night and sometimes between runs, so make sure they will be open when you need to get your car out (207-367-5193). Roy & Mable Haskell:  Up the hill on Granite St., across from Catholic Church, easy walking distance (207-367-2280).  Sytsema Parking:  Take a left .25 miles past Connie’s Restaurant onto Weedfield Rd., shuttle back to waterfront (207-367-8890).  Greenlaw & Son Oil Co.,  Town Parking Lot:  Away from water, on a diagonal from Connie’s Restaurant on Rt. 15A, beyond the ball field and on the left as you head toward Burnt Cove.
Fee: No launch fees;  Parking fees charged at all locations.
Contact: Parking:  see above.  Town Hall:  207-367-2351
Stonington
Location: Stonington / Isle Au Haut Municipal Ramp on corner of Seabreeze Ave. and Bayvview Street
Conditions: Concrete, all tides
Parking: Parking next to ramp and dock is for half an hour only  – it’s a busy area used by the local fishing / lobstering community, so pack your boats before launching to avoid taking unnecessary time at the ramp and dock.  See listing for the town recreational dock (above) for parking.
Fee: No
Contact: Parking:  see town recreational dock listing above.   Town Hall:  207-367-2351
Stonington
Location: Old Quarry Ocean Adventures in nearby Oceanville.  South on Rt. 15, turn left at Ron’s Mobil, after 7/8 mile, turn right onto Fire Road 22 and drive to end of Webb Cove.
Conditions: Gravel ramp, all tides
Parking: Yes; overnight available, also shuttle service and water taxi service
Fee: $5/day parking & $5/day launching; discount if stay mare than week (6 days fee for 7 days)
Contact: 207-367-8977 or email info@oldquarry.com
Brooklin
Location: Wooden Boat School, Naskeag Road
Conditions: Can back trailer into water, also a dock
Parking: Yes; day and overnight, check with staff member before launching to determine where to park; leave note on dashboard if you’re going out alone
Fee: No
Contact: 207-460-0567
Brooklin
Location: Naskeag Point
Conditions: Dirt ramp for hand-carried boat or trailer with 4-wheel drive
Parking: Day use only, no overnight; park well off to side of road
Fee: No
Contact: Information not available

Mount Desert Island

Bar Harbor
Location: Public ramp next to town pier
Conditions: Paved, all tides; launching at high tide is best.  Watch for swell rebounding from pier and washing off ramp sideways.
Parking: Limited parking, obtain recreational boater parking sticker and instructions for all day or overnight parking from Harbor Master’s office at town pier;  possible parking on West Street, on the western end.
Fee: No
Contact: Harbor Master:  207-288-5571 / Police 207-288-3391  /  Town Hall:  207-288-4098
Southwest Harbor
Location: Upper Town Dock on Clark Point Road
Conditions: Float for kayaks, all tides
Parking: Very limited parking at dock;  must register with SW Harbor Police for overnight;  better option is free parking in upper lot behind SW Harbor municipal offices, a block behind Main St.
Fee: No
Contact: Harbor Master:  207-244-7913 / Town Hall:  207-244-5404
Southwest Harbor
Location: Near Coast Guard Station on Clark Point Rd. (Map 16-C3)
Conditions: Concrete ramp, all tides
Parking: Extremely limited;  2 hour and 8 hour spaces; no overnight
Fee: No
Contact: Harbor Master:  207-244-7913 / Town Hall:  207-244-5404
Manset
Location: Town Dock (Map 16-C3)
Conditions: Concrete ramp, all tides
Parking: Available for day and overnight; must make arrangements with Harbor Master in advance
Fee: No
Contact: Harbor Master:  207-244-7913  /  Town Hall:  207-244-5404
Northeast Harbor
Location: Northeast Harbor Marina, town dock
Conditions: Paved ramp, all tides
Parking: Available for non-trailered boats, parking is tight; no overnight parking
Fee: Yes, $5 launch; pay at police station
Contact: Harbor Master:  207-276-5737  / Police:  207-276-5111  /  Town Hall:  207-276-5531
Tremont
Location: Seal Cove ramp (Map 16-D2)
Conditions: Concrete, half tide f or average boat
Parking: Limited; overnight ok but call Harbor Master in advance to arrange
Fee: Yes
Contact: Harbor Master:  207-244-5464  /  Town Hall:  207-244-7204
Tremont
Location: Bernard Town Wharf (Map 16-D2)
Conditions: Cement ramp with floats, all tides
Parking: Available over the hill about 1000 yards; no overnight
Fee: No
Contact: Harbor Master:  207-244-4564  /  Town Hall:   207-244-7204
Swans Island
Location: Mackerel Cove (Map 16-D1)
Conditions: All tides;  State Rerry Pier, solid ramp
Parking: Available;  overnight ok
Fee: No
Contact: Town Hall:  207-526-4279
Trenton
Location: Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport
Conditions: Old concrete/granite ramp, all tides except perhaps for large power boats
Parking: Available; overnight ok
Fee: No
Contact: Airport: 207-667-7329
Lamoine
Location: Lamoine State Park (see Guidebook listing for more info), Frenchman Bay, off Rt.184
Conditions: Paved ramp, all tides
Parking: Limited during high season; overnight can be arranged with park management
Fee: Yes, $3/ person entrance fee
Contact: Lamoine State Park: 207-667-4778

Downeast

Steuben
Location: Pinkam Bay ramp;call/stop at Town Office / Fire Station on Rt. 1 for directions
Conditions: Beach landing
Parking: Available; overnight ok if there is room; park alongside dirt road
Fee: No
Contact: Town Office; 207-546-7209
Milbridge
Location: Bayview St. Town Marina (Map 25-E3)
Conditions: Concrete, half tide for large boats
Parking: Available; call ahead to arrange overnight
Fee: Fee for boats over 20′ payable at Town Office
Contact: Harbor Master: 207-546-2422
Addison
Location: Addison Point on Pleasant River
Conditions: Sand Ramp
Parking: Room for one or two vehicles only; call in advance; no overnight
Fee: No
Contact: Town Hall: 207-483-4678
Addison
Location: Ripley Neck, Harrington Bay
Conditions: Solid, all tides
Parking: Extremely limited; no overnight
Fee: No
Contact: Town Hall: 207-483-2061
Addison
Location: West River in the basin
Parking: Day & overnight
Fee: No
Addison
Location: South Addison off the Narrows
Parking: Day & overnight
Fee: No
Jonesport
Location: Moosabec Reach (Map 26-E1)
Conditions: Sand ramp, all tides
Parking: Limited day & overnight
Fee: No
Contact: Harbor Master: 207-497-5926
Jonesport
Location: Jonesport Marina public ramp
Conditions: All tides
Parking: Limited day & overnight
Fee: No
Contact: Harbor Master: 207-497-5926
Jonesboro
Location: Public boat landing: Tide Mill Creek Road,also called Evergreen Point Road off Roque Bluffs Road (Map 26-D2); note that ramp further down road (away from town) is private
Conditions: Not entirely solid, primarily high tide
Parking: Available; day & overnight at own risk, may be available on side of road & possibly on Roque Bluff’s Rd.
Fee: No
Contact: Town Hall: 207-434-5141
Machias
Location: Main St. downtown, base of river by Helen’s Restaurant
Conditions: Solid ramp with float
Parking: Available; overnight possibly; contact Helen’s for more information
Fee: No
Contact: Town Hall and Harbor Master: 207-255-8683