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Hog Island

Hog Island

Hog Island is located at the eastern edge of Eggemoggin Reach, near the confluence of Penobscot Bay and Blue Hill Bay. Situated just south of Naskeag Point in the town of Brooklin, the Island consists of two distinct lobes separated by a north-south trending isthmus that, at low tide, stretches into extensive mud flats. The west and east-facing coves formed by the lobes and isthmus feature sandy beaches; the rest of the shoreline is varied and includes steep cliffs, fringing salt marsh, and tidally exposed bedrock ledges. Once cleared and farmed, Hog Island is now covered with maturing spruce-fir forest. The only relics of its agricultural and industrial past are cellar holes. 

Hog Island was generously donated to MCHT by Mrs. Allene White and her family. The island first came into the White family’s ownership in 1941, when Allene’s father-in-law, beloved author E. B. White, purchased Hog. Hog was sold by the White family in 1954, and in 1976 the new owner protected the island with an Acadia National Park conservation easement. Hog re-joined the White family in 1990 when it was purchased by E. B.’s son Joel. 

The island’s six or seven pocket beaches invite picnicking and beachcombing. Visitors may also stay overnight at the island’s established campsite located on the isthmus. A network of “social trails” wind from the campsite through the southern lobe of the island.

Preserve information/guidelines

  • Camp At Established Campsite
    • Limit Stay to 2 Nights
    • Groups of 6 or More and Commercial Users by Permission Only. Please call 207-729-7366.
  • Fires By Permit Only - Maine State Law
    • Contact Maine Forest Service at 207-827-1800 for Permit
    • Keep All Fires Below High Tide Line
    • Do Not Cut or Break Tree Limbs, Dead or Alive
    • Leave No Fire Unattended
    • Completely Extinguish All Fires
  • Carry Out All Trash
    • Including Human and Pet Waste and Toilet Paper
  • Keep Pets Under Control

How to Get There

The Brooklin municipal boat ramp, located at the end of Naskeag Point, offers easy hand carry and motorized boat access. From the ramp, Hog Island’s eastern cove is 0.6 miles west-southwest. The surrounding waters offer good, protected anchorage for larger boats, and smaller boats and kayaks can land on the beaches.