Town Information

The town reports will be available in the town office no later than February 22nd. 

Town meeting will be held on March 5th at the School Gym at 9 a.m. The Registrar will be available at 8:30 for those who want to either register to vote or to change any information on their status. Please come make your vote count.

There will be donuts and muffins for sale mid morning as well as luncheon served so bring your wallet or checkbook.

Swan's Island Town Office 

Phone: 207-526-4279                Fax: 207-526-4172   

PO Box 11
125 Harbor Road
Swan's Island, ME 04685


For questions and concerns about issues in town or you wish to have an article added to the weekly selectmen's meeting agenda, contact Administrative Assistant to the Selectmen, Karen Griffin. She is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 9AM - 3PM. Her email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For questions concerning issues in town, licensing, registrations, vital records and tax information contact Town Clerk and Tax Collector, Gwen May. She is open Tues 12 - 4 PM and Thursday 12 - 4 PM. Her email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



Swan's Island is located off the coast of Maine near Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island. It is a remote island, with ferry service originating in Bass Harbor. The six mile crossing from Bass Harbor takes about 30 minutes. The ferry, "Captain Henry Lee", holds 17 automobiles as well as walk-on passengers.

The year-round population is about 380 people, with over 1000 residents in the summertime.

Swan's Island has some 7,000 acres with a highly irregular shoreline that provides secure and interesting anchorages for visiting boaters. It is hilly, but not particularly high. There is a quarry for swimming as well as places to visit on foot or bicycle. The island has three little villages, Atlantic in Mackerel Cove on the north coast, Swan's Island, on the shores of Burnt Coat Harbor in the south and Minturn on the north side of the Burnt Coat Harbor.

Lobstering is the main occupation on Swan's Island. The economy of the island is mostly dependent on the income derived from lobstering. Swan's Island has about 40 full-time lobstermen and women, and many part-timers, including school children who fish from small skiffs in the summer.


Town News

5.30.2020 For those newly arrived. THE TOWN OFFICE IS CLOSED until further notice. If you want a car or boat registration, a license or to pay a tax, or whatever, you can message, text or call and I will give you the amount due. You can send a check and I will mail you what you paid for. I will not go over daily to do what needs doing and will only go occasionally so plan ahead..... and stay safe. And stay well.

EFFECTIVE: 10/16/21 TO 3/14/2022

  • Sunday: 1 to 4 pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 1 to 4 pm

Library Hours:

Tuesday, Thursday,
Saturday, Sunday 1-4PM

or call Jeanne for special arrangements.

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The latest community health related information:

Swan's Island COVID Policy (May 4, 2021)

Information from the Island Health Center

Town News


The annual Town Meeting will be held on March 4th, 2019 at 9 a.m. at the School Gym. The official warrant will be posted on the website and in various places in town as soon as it becomes available.

Please bring your pencils and if you have previously picked up a town report bring it with you. Books are limited this year.