LOON ALERT! We have a pair of loons who are nesting on the south Spectacle Island. Because loons are very sensitive to human activity, the south island WILL NOT be available for camping or day use between June 7 and July 18th. Please be aware that any reservation during that time will be confined to the north island (the one with the rope swing).

Escape for a day or night on Damariscotta Lake’s Spectacle Islands. The sister islands, shaped like a pair of spectacles as their name suggests, offer opportunities for swimming, blueberry picking, camping, and exploration. The islands are an incredibly popular and are open to daily public use, from dawn until dusk. The islands can be reached by kayak, canoe, paddle board, or small motor boat.

Reservations required

Use our reservation calendar to determine availability and make a donation of $20/night. Members get a 40% discount!  Donations help Midcoast Conservancy support and promote our mission of healthy lands, waters, wildlife and communities in Midcoast Maine.

PLEASE NOTE: Sharing is part of the experience. Campers are required to allow day use by other visitors during their stay

Directions: From the south, follow Route 213 north from Newcastle to the Damariscotta Lake Public Boat Launch on the right, indicated by a large blue sign. Launch watercraft here and boat south for about 0.5 mile, until you reach a pair of small islands in the middle of the lake.