Details for Northeast Harbor Marina

Northeast Harbor Marina

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Average rating 4.2 stars from 51 reviews

Address 18 Harbor Drive, PO Box 237
Northeast Harbor , ME 04662


After hours contact

Operates 24/7.

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - NO


The Clifton Dock has gas and diesel.

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Town of Mt. Desert


Shawn Murphy


Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info: The harbor is open year round. Floating docks do not stay in year round. They are generally in place around May 15th. The hours of the fuel dock (Clifton Dock) near the mouth of the harbor shorten up drastically toward the end of September.






Tide & current additional info


Approach: 20
Transient dockage: 20
Fuel dock: 10

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $2.85/ft (2017-04-05)

Other price info: Up to 49 feet is $2.85 per foot.
50 to 59 feet is $3.35 per foot.
60 feet and greater is $3.85 per foot.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Price per night:
Up to 29 feet is $25.
30 to 49 feet is $40.
50 to 60 feet is $55.

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - YES

Additional info:

Pricing info: 30 amp is $10 per night.
Two 30 amp or one 50 amp is $20 per night.
Two 50 amp or one 100 amp is $40 per night.
Two 100 amp is $80 per night.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Yes - $5 per day.

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Yes - $5 per day.

Water (and pricing)

Yes - There are two floating docks with water marked with a yellow strip on the dock. There is no charge to rewater. Time on Town Dock limited to one hour, pickup on the end of the dock should always be open for drop off/pickup.

Dinghy access

Yes - Large dinghy dock at the north end of the marina, located between the marina dock and the Morris dock.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Yes - Coastal Energy about a 15 minute walk into town. Reported to be $6 for a ten pound bottle, July 2012.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Welcome here, are allowed on the buses, but note that the flower gardens about a 1 mile walk away don't welcome pets.

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - On the town dock. Fee is $5.00. Call the Harbormaster for assistance.


Yes - At the harbormaster building.




Yes - New summer 2012, 1st class facility and a huge improvement. Clean and free. Check with the harbormaster for the combination.


Yes - In the new (2012) Yachtmen Building. No charge and very well done.


Yes - Update 8/2014 - There are two washers ($3) and dryers in the Yachtsman Building. Laundry is also available two blocks up the hill and left on the main street at the Pine Tree Market. In their small basement they have 8 washers ($2.00) and 8 dryers ($2.00 x 2). They have two large folding tables. There is nothing to hang clothes, no chairs, no baskets.


Yes - Pine Tree Market, just up the street has a good selection of groceries and liquor. A bit pricey, but it's the only game in town. For $5 they will take you and your groceries back to the marina. The number 5 bus will take you to Bar Harbor, where a Hannafords is a short walk from the Village Green bus hub.


Yes - Brown's is an excellent hardware store, with lots of boat stuff.


Yes - Since a downtown fire a few years ago, the Colonel bakery and restaurant was rebuilt and is doing well. The Docksider just up from the marina serves fried seafood, chowder and ice cream. Full Belly Deli is across the street from them, along with another restaurant. (Full Belly Deli was closed - Aug 2016.) The hotel behind the tennis courts has the Mainsail restaurant. For fine dining try the Asticou hotel, which has a dingy dock or you can take the free bus there and walk back.


Yes - Mainsail has a bar, as does Colonels.

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

No - Call Morris Yachts who do have a travel lift.

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Boat rides are chartered out of stands next to the harbormaster office.

Internet access

Yes - The marina has free WiFii. The signal reaches the docks and the closer moorings. With an amplifier, the signal can be picked up through much of the mooring field. There is a new library up the hill through town, a 10 minute walk from the docks. They have free high speed WiFi, it's left on 24 hours so it can be used at night just outside the doors. Cell phone coverage and aircard can be spotty in the harbor, depending on where you are - closer to Asticou it is weak. There are some open WiFi signals, including one from the Asticou.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - There's a $5 charge for non-residents.


Yes - Acadia National Park Island Explorer buses stop at dockmaster's office and travels to most parts of the island for free.

Other services

NEH Visitors Information Center is behind the Harbormaster building.


Acadia National Park. Asticou Terraces and Gardens has a dock on the opposite side of the harbor from the marina. Walk across the street, up the steep but easy path, to a beautiful garden and home. You can continue from there on park trails to Jordon Pond.

Reviews for Northeast Harbor Marina
Great harbor, 2017-08-21
Captain: , Charlotte, Vt (60)

There's not much more I can add to the previous reviews . We found it to be a great jumping off point for exploring the island. The wifi was shaky and the showers could have been cleaned better. The launch driver, Erin was super!!

Best stop in a year of cruising, 2017-08-12
Captain: , Port Aransas, TX (1453)

We rented a mooring 7/22, planning to stay 1 week; ended up staying 2 1/2 weeks and had a great time! Only negative was the wifi was almost unusable and ATT signal, not much better. Then 2 days before we left, we were told a new antenna tower was activated and the ATT service was excellent and we had great wifi, too. Hope this continues and was not a fluke. We had been told the wifi was in the process of being upgraded.

Northeast Harbor is very sheltered and not nearly as large as Southwest Harbor, a good thing. Marina staff is friendly and helpful; launch service is excellent. Boaters lounge is very nice and extremely clean but could use a couple more washers / dryers as it was hard to catch them not in use. The washers were outrageous at $3, considering the cost of moorings and slips. Dinghy dock was very crowded; hard to wedge into so we mostly used the launch service.

Harbor entrance had a denser population of lobster floats than anywhere we have been so far in Maine. Once through, it was worth the effort. This is a great place from which to tour Acadia and the nearby gardens (Thuya and Asticou). Launch will drop you at Thuya's dock if you want to hike from the gardens into the park. Two Explorer bus routes stop at the marina, providing alternate ways to get to hiking trails and Bar Harbor. (Beware if you want to take folding bikes on the bus - they are now measuring the tires and are not supposed to take any bike with tires smaller than 20", although some drivers didn't care.) Town is small but has some very nice shops and restaurants and a tiny but interesting Maritime Museum. Wonderful farmer's market next to the marina on Thursday mornings. Several lobster boats work the harbor and unload at the dock and will sell lobster to boaters at their wholesale price.

We dinghied to Southwest Harbor to look around and didn't like it nearly as well as Northeast Harbor. Southwest is much larger, more exposed, smelly (several lobster pounds and exposed rocks at low tide), too spread out to get around easliy, less frequent Explorer bus service. It is a larger town than Northeast with more restaurants and shops. We were glad we chose Northeast Harbor.

Captain: , Hampton, VA (581)

Great location, friendly and helpful staff at the marina. Good hiking and biking right from NE Harbor itself. Only a couple of downsides (many mentioned previously): Poor cell coverage (all carriers), almost no TV reception (not necessarily bad!), internet works sporatically and you need to be on a mooring/float closer to the marina to work at all. I would suggest to the marina that they post a map of the mooring field on their web site to make finding the floating docks easier. Had to maneuver our 48' trawler in/around a lot of closely-spaced boats to finally find the floating dock we were assigned.
Great experience at one of our favorite places in Maine!

Quiet Marine, 2017-08-04
Captain: , Confetti, Kadey Krogen (1719)

We docked at a floating dock for a week. It was a fantastic location as the Acadia bus comes right to the parking lot. There is also a visitors center behind the marina office building. Absolutely beautiful area. Staff is very friendly and great to work with. Launch service was excellent and they will also take you across the harbor to the Thuya Gardens A must see. The marina has two washers and dryers and a lounge. All well maintained. There are also showers which look fairly new. The only downside of the showers was it did not appear they were cleaned midday so by evening they were a bit funky. It would be awesome if it were cleaned more frequently. The other con of the marina is the wifi which was spotty to say the least. On good days you could get wifi about 5-6 am and then it was hit or miss. Overall great marina and great staff.

Well protected base for exploring - updated, 2017-07-15
Captain: , Freeport, ME (608)

Call the Harbormaster when you get to the mooring field. First come first served for moorings, but reservations for slips, especially in August. In June and the first half of July, there is generally room. The launch service is included in the mooring fee, and starts up around the first of July. Facilities are fairly new, and very well maintained and cleaned. The free bus system has a stop right next to the marina office for trips all over the island. WiFi still a problem.

Picturesque-one of our favorite places, 2016-10-30
Captain: , Marco Is., FL (80)

We spent 2 1/2 months in this busy little harbor on a mooring this summer. They have transient moorings, transient floating docks out in the harbor as well as slips. We had a friend provide us with their mooring so we don't know the daily cost. We arrived early in the season to a young "green" group of dock hands. All were extremely friendly and helpful. They have a pump out dock for $5.00. Laundry is $3.00 and .25/7 min on the dryers. There is a dinghy dock that is extremely tight during busy times. They have a launch service as well. The facilities are beautiful with only one complaint and this is why we rate them a 4 star facility and not 5 stars. The bathrooms and laundry facility are cleaned several times a week, however, as the season went on we realized it was just a surface cleaning. The toilets were not being scrubbed and at least one shower curtain in the women's bathroom was covered with mold. The large laundry/lounge had thick dust all along the floorboards. Despite bringing this to the attention of the office - the situation never improved. Moving on - town is a quick walk up the hill with a small grocery/liquor store, The Pine Tree, that will charge you up the ying yang (i.e. $18 for a quart of blueberries) but they are the only game in town. They also own the laundry facility downstairs from them - filthy. There are several restaurants. 123 Main Street Cafe pre-makes sandwiches and awesome protein cookies and smoothies. Highly recommended to grab something here if you're going for a hike. The food is all healthy and locally grown. You can also order to-go dinners nightly. They have a vegetarian and a meat choice usually. The Fork and Table for high end dining, The Colonel for donuts, The Tan Turtle (right in the harbor) for a reasonably priced meal (try their steaks) and the Asticou Inn for popovers and a killer view of the harbor. There is a free bus that will take you all over Mt. Desert and into Bar Harbor. The Visitor's Center is right in the harbor and can provide all schedules and restaurant menus. Small boats ferry people to the Cranberry islands. Once a week there are movies in the park right at at the marina. There are many lobster boats here so it is also an active working harbor. We never minded the early morning rumble of the boats starting out for the day. It just reminded us that our lobster dinner would be brought in to eat that night! Yeah!!! This is a remarkable harbor - spend a little time there if you can.

WiFi needs serious improvement, 2016-08-27
Captain: , Camden, Maine (741)

Northeast Harbor mooring are great on many counts -- launch service, excellent showers, and Thuya Gardens, to name a few -- but lets work to get them to improve the WiFi system. I just had the same bad experience I did a few years back. The password often doesn't work and even when it does you still have to hope that the unnecessary disclaimer page comes up on your browser or you still won't be online. I had trouble, sometimes complete failure, with Android phone, iPad and Windows PC. Northeast Harbormaster, please have your WiFi system redone!

A very good stop., 2016-08-15
Captain: , Saint Michaels (320)

Clean great facilities - showers, etc. Near shopping. Easy transport to the Park despite what one website stated.
We have been on floats and moorings over the years. We will come here again.

Great launching point for MDI, 2016-07-29
Captain: , Chebeague Island (479)

This is a great destination for anyone wishing to enjoy Acadia and the gardens at the Asticou and Thuya. The bus service makes the entire island accessible. There is a choice of slips, floating docks and moorings. We prefer the floating dock to a mooring because there's no danger of swinging into another vessel (which we did witness on this trip). The marina facilities are very nice and someone is always on duty. Get quarters from the harbor master before heading to the laundry. The dinghy dock is overcrowded, but there always seems to be a way to squeeze in. The commercial fleet adheres to the no-wake zone better than in many places.
The town is small and offers limited shopping, though the hardware store is very well equipped and Colonel Tom's has great donuts/pastries. Pine's Market, the small grocery, is outrageously expensive--unbelievable, actually.
NEH offers a peaceful, yet busy place from which to enjoy Acadia or just to get away from some weather.

An annual tradition, 2016-07-05
Captain: , Freeport (40)

We love this place; have been coming for years, and often stay two or three nights.

There's one laundry option that I did not see mentioned: Shirt off Your Back laundry. It's right next to (okay part of) the bike rental place. Walk up Sea Street, take a right onto Main, pass the most excellent FT Brown hardware store, and it's on the right down a little alley. They will wash, dry, and fold your laundry for you for a modest fee while you go shop, ride bikes, or hike in the park. Can't beat that!

Love the bus service out of here and Clifton Dock has gas without that nasty E10 in it.

Excellent place to clear border petrol, 2015-09-08
Captain: , Haarlem Netherlands AMEL 54 (402)

Excellent marina staff. Very helpful and knowledgeable. CBP very friendly. We arrived from Nova Scotia and were checked in quickly and efficiently. NE harbor itself is exposed and very limited facilities. We moved to SW harbor with better facilities and achorage once cleared in.

A fantastic place to use as a base to explore MDI, 2015-09-07
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (2870)

The previous recent posts tell it all, but I want to reitereate what a terrific spot this is to use as a base to explore MDI. The free (consider making donations as you use it) Explorer bus takes you around to see much of the island and the fabulous Acadia National Park. Bar Harbor is touristy, but a great visit. Oli's Trolley from BH through Acadia (2.5 hours) was very nice.

Best access to Acadia National Park, 2015-08-28
Captain: , Newington, NH (84)

This is an excellent and friendly place to visit Acadia National Park. The free Island Explorer bus routes 5 and 6 stop beside the Harbormaster's Office and offer hop-on, hop-off service to a large portion of the island. Also, if you need more than 'convenience store' provisions for the boat, take the bus to Bar Harbor and do grocery shopping there. Northeast Harbor is much better protected than Bar Harbor, so I recommend keeping the boat at NEH and commute to the shopping.

Guest Moorings not obvious
It is best to phone or radio the Harbormaster for a mooring assignment shortly before entering the harbor. They monitor VHF channels 16 and 9. Working channels are 66 and 68. Moorings are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and have three digits based on boat size.
100 series - small boats to 19 feet
200 series - boats 20 to 29 feet $25.
300 series - boats 30 to 49 feet $40.
400 series - boats 50 to 60 feet $55.
Be sure to ask WHERE the mooring ball is located and how to get there. The numbering system is not obvious.

Great little Harbor, 2015-08-24
Captain: , Marblehead (70)

We werent planning on staying at Northeast Harbor but glad we did. The mooring situation is first come, first served. but they always seems to accomadate. Its a little confusing when they give you a mooring number as some of the staff dont know what color or exactly where the mooring is. Well protected harbor and town is close by. Great facililities and there is launch service included. If you happen to get Aaron as the launch driver be sure to chat him up. Full of information of the area and a great person to meet.

Excellent harbor, 2015-08-07
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (231)

This harbor is an excellent point of entry to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. There are numerous free busses covering all of Mt Desert Island. The marina offers numerous moorings and floating docks and is very welcoming towards yachts. Free tennis courts, free launch, nice laundry and free shower facilities. Free water and pump out. The town is one block away where there is a small grocery store and a hardware store selling limited boat supplies. Very good protection from weather, a true hurricane hole. Be sure to visit Asticou Inn and Thuya Gardens.

Lost Moorings, 2015-07-20
Captain: , Cedar Crest, NM (100)

Generally I like this marina. It's clean and well protected. The staff and people in town are friendly and of course the Island Bus Service is outstanding. However, I have stayed here twice on mooring balls. Both times I was directed to mooring numbers that did not exist. I one case the ball had a name and not a number but the staff didn't know that. In the second case the staff came out and could not find the ball. Both times I spent a lot of time (20 mintues) trying to follow directions like "turn left" before I realized that they could not see me and therefore did not know that my left was their right.

The staff appears to be untrained in given directions and did not know, for example, the direction of north. The management needs to give a little more attention to training the young people they leave in charge before something unfortunate occurs.

Also beware that NEH has a grocery store with prices that exceed anything I've run into. With steak at $24 dollar per pound it is cheaper to eat out at the several good restaurants in town.

A worthy destination!, 2014-08-19
Captain: , Stuart, Florida (599)

People had mentioned this was the place to come to when coming to Acadia National Park. I certainly understand why. We took a "float" mooring for the 48' trawler. It is like being at a dock yet you are out in the harbor. If buddy boating, they will work to get both of you on the same float. Get a water taxi or launch your dink. Services here are great. Didn't use showers so can't comment. Friendly folks at Harbormaster office. Best WIFI in Maine and signal comes out to the float across the bay strong (although i must admit I've never seen a WIFI site that restricts you to certain programming - please define "inappropriate or unsuitable- big brother here?). National Park service in conjunction with LL Bean provides a great shuttle system everywhere around the park for free. Excellent. Only real supermarket is in Bar Harbor but you can easily carry your stuff back to the boat. All in all a superb stay.

Excellent! , 2014-07-16
Captain: , Portland (20)

This is a top notch marina in terms of basic services of real quality. Recent investments by the town have paid off. Not sure I know of another municipal marina of this quality. And where else do you have a destination town center in walking distance AND a free bus to/through a national park?

Launch driver was impressive. Just make sure to get a full briefing on all available services and relevant codes. I only learned via AC that they have WiFi - they never mentioned this.

Great Stop, 2014-07-05
Captain: , Epilogue (326)

We stayed here while Arthur was making its way north. Very nice facility. Excellent showers, 2 new washer/dryers, farmers market, easy walk to town, very good hardware/marine supply store (FT Brown's), art/gifts, very good lobster rolls at Dockside.

Good base for exploring Mt Desert Island, 2013-12-16
Captain: , Crockett (610)

After negotiating the barrier of lobster pots, entering the harbor we found our mooring ball fairly easy, but that was just chance. There seems to be no logical layout of the mooring ball numbers and many boats circled for 30+ minutes trying to find their assignment and the folks on the radio aren't much help.

The harbor is quite protected, but we didn't have any significant wind to test it so our stay on the ball was fairly comfortable.

The location provides a decent base for explorting the rest of the island due to the free shuttle that will take you anywhere you want to go. There are a number of good hikes that leave from Northeast Harbor if you don't feel like a bus ride and the Thuya Gardens are a must see.

Updated Information, July 2013, 2013-12-08
Captain: , Penobscot Bay (11)

Moorings, per night:
Up to 30 feet - $25
Up to 50 feet - $40
Up to 70 feet - $55

Free wireless.
Free launch service 8am to 8pm

Great Area, Marina Could Improve, 2013-09-12
Captain: , St. Augustine, FL (4307)

Northeast Harbor is a must stop on any Maine cruise. The habor is much more protected than SW and has few inconsiderate captains creating wakes. Visiting the Asticou Terraces and Thuya Gardens is historic and beautiful. From there trails lead to Jordon Pond, an easy hike.

But, as a marina, it could be better. The young people running the marina are pleasant, but have not received adequate training for their jobs. The young lady serving as harbormaster on the VHF could not clearly explain where the moorings were located. Sounded like she had never been in the harbor. To the question, "What color are the mooring balls?", she answered, "White, I think."

While at the pumpout dock, I asked to refill the water tanks. The dockhand gave me the hose that is used to rinse the holding tanks. When questioned, he said, "Everyone uses this hose." If you need water, go to one of the floats in the harbor.

There is no laundry on site as they do not want to compete with the Pine Tree Store, which has a small laundramat in a cramped basement. The floor was covered in dirt, the trash can overflowing, the machines dirty, the dryers only luke warm. Not a pleasant experience.

The new yachtmans' building is very nice, but the showers are poorly designed. The heads are tiled floors and walls, but the shower stalls are fiberglass with a very small lip at the bottom. Combined with poorly fitting shower curtains, water from the shower splashes out onto the floor and becomes mud as people walk into the changing area. The changing area has only one hook to hold towels and clothes. There is no place to sit or place toiletries in the changing area.

A highlight of any summer cruise, 2013-08-20
Captain: , Cassiopea A (507)

Whenever we are in the Mount Desert area, Northeast Harbor is the highlight of our cruise. The beauty of the surroundings is spectacular. The town makes an effort to be friendly toward visiting boaters and provides every facility--"if they don't have it, you don't need it". The new Yachtsman Center is very modern and clean, with great showers, but we miss the old building with its warm ambiance of slighly worn out summer cottage furniture.

The Island Explorer bus provides easy access to every part of the island. Land your dinghy at the Asticou Terraces dock and take a short hike to the Thuya Lodge and Asticou Gardens--not to be missed. For a longer hike, you can follow the trail over Eliot Mountain to the Jordan Pond, where you can have popovers, raspberry jam, and tea.

Spot your buoy with no clues!, 2013-08-19
Captain: , Hamble, UK (876)

This is the harbor where you cannot book a buoy, first come first served basis (except when the CCA has a rally!). The office doesn't always answer the telephone, nor respond to the radio but when you do get hold of them they are certainly polite and helpful. We were told to search for buoy 423 near 422. After a couple of circuits we asked for more help to be told that the buoy hadn't actually got a number on it, but a name!

There are floats where you can water up which are identified by green painted ends towards the N end of the harbour. You can also use the yellow float where the commercial dinghies moor up to drop off crew if there are no free buoys - contact the Harbourmaster first. The dinghy dock is behind the middle pontoons. There is also a magnificent yachting building with free showers and a sitting area for better wifi signals - again go to the Harbourmaster's office first for the access codes. If you are picking up crew they can park for free in the car park if they get a permit from the office (and they man it until 0200 hrs!).

There is a farmers' market held in the car park on Thursday mornings until 1200 in the car park.

It is a wonderfully protected harbour and a lovely town, well worth the buoy search! And we saw our first Loon.

Great surprise, 2013-07-30
Captain: , Port Aransas, Texas (998)

A hidden closed and snug harbor. Staff came out to show us the right mooring. The boater's facilities are first rate and the scenery is very nice. Great frirst impression. Some eateries withing a block or two. Only thing missing is laundry capabilities. Have to go to town to do laundry.

2013 dockage rates, 2013-06-29
Captain: , Oriental, NC (88)

Up to 29' - $25
30 to 49' - $40
50 to 60' - $55
<49' - $2.65
50 to 59' - $3.15
60+. -$3.65
30 amp $10
50 amp $20
100 amp $40

The only place for the summer, 2012-10-15
Captain: , Seabrook Island SC (30)

Great Marina, wonderful moorings and docks. Staff is very helpful. The town is fun to walk around and the local gardens are second to none.

Loved it here!, 2012-09-27
Captain: , Annapolis (264)

Call the harbormaster on channel 09 to get a mooring assignment. Dinghy to Asticou Terrace or marina. Nice new shower facility. Great laundry under the grocery store ($2 each--bring quarters!) Good breakfast at Colonel's. Farmer's market on Thursday mornings near the bus stop. You can get water at the Asticou dinghy landing or mooring dock #300. I loved the free bus system and all of the hiking trails. When you get tired, take a bus tour of the island and learn lots of fascinating history.

Excellent Harbor, 2012-08-28
Captain: , Seal Harbor, Maine (23)

2012 sees a newly renovated harbor area. Beautiful harbor with all the amenities ashore. Marina staff and harbormasters office are friendly, competent, and professional.

When you need to get off the boat, 2012-08-01
Captain: , Milford CT (658)

The hike to Jordan Pond and the popovers are wonderfull. Take the bus back to the Thuya gardens dock to pick up the dinghy. Lots of trails for the energetic. Local pizza very good.
Little notch bakery is now in NE harbor.
Blueberry pie to die for. Up the hill to the right.

Trailer Sailor, 2012-07-31
Captain: , Smith Mountain Lake, VA (266)

We found the Harbor to be a great place to launch our sailboat, keep it in a slip and sail for the past two weeks. The staff was great! When we told the Harbormaster that launching would be a new experience since we had never launched at a ramp with no dock, he immediately offered to bring his boat around a take our boat from the trailer to a nearby floating dock. The area bounded by the Cranberry Isles, Southwest Harbor and Somes Sound was a great place to day sail!

Good service, great protection, 2012-07-30
Captain: , Newport (404)

We hailed NE Launch who promptly led us to a float and offered to help us tie on. He then came by to ask if we had any questions. The new town Harbormater building and separate Yachtsman Building are well done, except they do not have a laundry.

Propane fillups are nearby at Coastal Energy. Water is available on three different floats.

There are shops, sandwich shops, and a decent market within a ten minute walk.

Protection is excellent. The LL Bean bus system serves all of the Mt Desert towns and is run frequently.

Overall a very good stop for a day or a week. Moorings and floats are $40 a night. Saw numerous long-distance cruisers in here and that is always a good sign.

Beautiful spot, sketchy service, 2012-07-29
Captain: , Red Brook Harbor, Ma. (216)

The town is very nice, market is great and a few decent restaurants also. You are right on the doorstep to Acadia and as previously stated the bus service is great. [ Dogs allowed!]
Finding our mooring was a challenge. It was not marked according to guidebooks [bright green pickup buoys] , had a family name on it and the number was directly on top visible only to the osprey and seagulls. After 4 passes up and down the harbor the harbormaster finally directed us to the ball. We also found the attendents in the touriist info building to be less than helpful.
Overall though a must stop due to all the pluses

Town has everything crusiers need - including self-service laundry, 2012-07-25
Captain: , Bristol, RI (139)

Well, the previous poster is incorrect - there is a self-service laundry - it is in the basement of the Pine Street Market as explained in the CRUISING GUIDE TO THE MAINE COAST - just used it last week. The town has everything needed by cruisers - laundry, trash disposal, a water dock, easy access to fuel, a decent market (although expensive), great free bus system, and wifi at the library which is close by.

The town has changed the mooring arrangements - the mooring agents are gone so the Harboarmasters office now assigns moorings and you have to find the mooring on your own and then go into the office to do the paperwork and pay. And the moorings are expensive for this area.

Decent Marina, service very good, 2012-03-14
Captain: , Huntington, NY (2311)

Very Scenic Harbor, facilities are ok, no laundry. Other boaters suggested instead leaving laundry at a part-time place that will wash and fold clothes cheap, or what we did was use a laundrymat in town.

Tour boats are available to charter. We took one that visited the nearby Forge and had a good time.

The town I was not impressed with. Very little shopping, the bakery was dissapointing as the food was slightly stale, the two resturants we ate at had good service but lousy food. But no worries, there is a great bus system ...

Bus system on the Island has a stop at the marina parking lot, very functional bus system here, maps and schedule are availableat the harbor master office. Bus allows dogs, how cool is that !

The marina deserves only 3 stars, but the good service and friendly smiles earned them an extra star.

n e harbor moorings and launch, 2011-09-14
Captain: , newburyport (183)

the folks running the moorings and new launch service are great. the town has become greedy, IMHO.

Northeast Harbor, 2011-09-05
Captain: , Camden (30)

Having stayed at Northeast Harbor this past week we found the showers to have low pressure and cost $2.00 for 4 minutes. However after talking with the nice lady from the Chamber of Commerce we found that this winter they are tearing down the chamber building including the showers and harbor masters building. They are building a new yachtsmen building with showers etc. The harbor master building evidently will house the chamber of commerce and a new laundry. Things are really looking up for Northeast Harbor for next year!

Great protection, overpriced, 2011-08-26
Captain: , Brooklin, ME (1081)

This is a very protected harbor and while a few work boats still ply here, yachts dominate with many slips for large motor yachts (by Maine standards.) We came here to find $40 moorings, $2 showers, and $5/day Internet access in the club house to be way overpriced compared to other harbors in the area. We left the next day and happily picked up a mooring in a nearby harbor for $25. Of course, we cruise a lot and mainly anchor for economy, so YMMV. We probably won't be back, unless a real storm is rolling in.

Great protection, helpful staff, great location, 2011-08-24
Captain: , Portsmouth (372)

We've stopped here 4-6 times over the last several years. The marina provides great protection. The staff is unfailingly helpful. And it's a great stepping off point for exploring Mt. Desert.

The marina itself has few amenities. It is expensive, as is the whole area. They have a short season and are much in demand. We've found it a great stop and fair value.

Northeast Harbor Moorings, 2011-08-16
Captain: , Boston (232)

Northeast Harbor is beautiful and the moorings provide convenient access to all the Mt. Desert Island has to offer.

Prices have gone up!, 2011-08-13
Captain: , Fredericton, NB, CAN (477)

What used to be expensive at $30.00 for a mooring is now $40.00 for a mooring

Probably our last stop here.

Could have stayed longer., 2011-07-10
Captain: , Solomons, MD (1290)

A convenient mooring ball location for the area @ $30. Marina facilities limited. Great LLBean free bus service around the island makes it all worth it. Beautiful scenery, hiking trails, gardens and outdoor activities. Plenty of shopping in Bar Harbor, which can be very crowded when cruise ships come into port in addition to car traffic.

Exploitative in every sense!, 2011-06-20
Captain: , Southwest Harbor (100)

This Marina exploits it's magnificent location and your wallet. You could say you get what you pay for, only it's the natural beauty rather than facilities as in spite of paying $100 for a slip you have feed quarters into a dingy shower.

Nice town, comfortable moorings, 2010-11-26
Captain: , Essex, CT (1675)

Very peaceful and lovely town. The moorings provide great protection and fortunately are well spaced (given the small size of the harbor). The town is great -- with a very nice art center at far end of the town (we were lucky that an art show was taking place with fantastic offerings). Other reviews are right -- the grocery is terrific. Get the local beer sold there -- it's worth it. Spent two wonderful nights in this lovely town -- and will be back.

Lovely Harbor, 2010-08-17
Captain: , Morehead City (160)

The other reviews say it all. When we called 8/10, the dock price was $2.50/ft. They will not give you a mooring ball assignment until you are in the harbor so arrive early. We were not able to get a mooring ball for our size ball but they put us on a floating dock. We would go back there again. The town is little but great, laundry and grocery store within walking distance. Watch out for the grocery store, they have everything, but the prices are high.

A must stop, but plan to stay a few days, 2010-04-18
Captain: , York, ME (1971)

NE Harbor has it all. The town is within walking distance. The free island bus can take you all over Mount Desert Island, which is mostly National Park, and over to Bar Harbor and other towns for a night out or some shopping. There's too much to do here for a one-night stay, and I clouldn't begin to cover it all here.

The slips and moorings fill up fast on busy summer weekends, but call early in the day or come mid-week and you'll probably get in.

As mentioned, fuel is available on the way in or out, there's laundry and hardware in town, and Morris Yachts is nearby. The trip up Somes Sound is worth it, althoughg taking a dingy would be pretty daring.

Sept.08, 2008-09-10
Captain: , New Port, RI (134)

Very nice and well protected harbor and close to all the action via the free bus services provided which allows you access to Desert Island and Bar Harbor. A short ride dingy ride to Somes Sound and all it's wonders.

Harbor of Refuge, 2008-07-14
Captain: , Saint Petersburg, FL (181)

We ducked in here to escape 3-4 footers from the Southwest and it was as smooth as glass. The dockmaster and staff were very helpful and the moorings were nicely arranged with plenty of swing room for our 49' DeFever and very few lobster trap bouys. A free island-wide bus services the marina. Provisioning is also handy. For us, this is a "must stop" in any weather.

Beautiful setting in NE Harbor, 2007-06-07
Captain: , Kiawah Island, SC (152)

The staff are very helpful and friendly. Run by the Park and mechanical services can be arranged from Morris Yachts next door. Town just up hill and has a couple terrific restaurants. The Nat'l Park bus stops behind Dockmaster's house and takes you all around the island. Much quieter than SW Harbor and very well protected. Has both moorings and docks. We returned from going Downeast and stayed longer than planned.

Nice moorings, 2007-06-07
Captain: , MV Red Head (61833)

We've stayed in the mooring field here a few times. This is a well run place with an interesting town that has some nice places to eat. The harbor is very well protected and the harbormaster is very helpful.

NEH Marina, 2007-04-16
Captain: , New York (153)

A charming and well sheltered harbor. Fuel and ice are at Clifton Dock, on the left as you enter the harbor mouth. In addition to slips, there are transient moorings. The marina will be able to tell you how to contact whoever handles moorings. Often it is someone else.

NE Harbor has had bad luck keeping good restaurants, two of them folding after the 2005 season. We have gone to SWH more since that.

However, shopping for provisions is good here, and Brown's hardware keeps a good sailing inventory. Laundry is under the Pine Tree market.

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