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Saddleback Island Cabin

This 78-acre Merchant Row island in Stonington features stunning coastal scenery for daytime and overnight visitors alike.

Located just over three miles east-south-east of the Stonington waterfront, Saddleback Island sits at the eastern edge of the Deer Isle Thorofare. With the exception of our cabin and a publicly accessible campsite on the far side of the island, Saddleback is wild and is truly a special place to visit along the Maine Coast. Learn more about the preserve here.

The Saddleback cabin is seasonally rented on a limited basis. Rate, availability, terms, and detailed directions are below.

Updated 4/17/2024

All cabin reservations open for the 2024 booking season only. 

In an effort to allow as many people as possible the opportunity to experience these cabins, rentals are limited to one cabin stay per household, per year, regardless of cabin location. 

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Availability, Rate, and Booking

Saddleback cabin is available for 2-3 night bookings during these days:

  • Friday afternoons to Monday mornings
  • Monday afternoons to Thursday mornings

Check-in is 2 p.m. Check-out is 10 a.m.

The rate is $100 per night with a 6-person maximum.

Limit one reservation per household, per year, regardless of cabin location.

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Saddleback Island Cabin Details

The rustic, one room cabin was built in the 1950s and is a stones throw from the water at high tide. The cabin is best suited for groups of up to six people. Accommodations include a private outhouse, nearly two miles of bold granite shores to explore, and great views of neighboring islands and Isle au Haut.

Our goal is to provide a self-service cabin (by reservation only) at a relatively low cost for short 2-3 night stays. The cabin experience is rustic, so please read the following information carefully before deciding if a stay is right for you.

  • No fresh water on island – visitors must transport a supply for the duration of your stay
  • Visitors must provide their own transport to and from the island
  • Single room cabin (approximately 20×30) with 2 bunk beds and two double beds
  • Basic galley space with gas stove, camp cookware, simple dishes, and a cooler
  • Kerosene lamps
  • Fireplace (we do our best to provide a supply of wood from downed trees)
  • Outhouse

Saddleback Island is a preserve open to the public. While the cabin area is private, you may see other visitors on the island.

How to get there

Paddle: 3-4 mile paddle with water access available at the Stonington Waterfront. Please be aware that strong current can run between Millet Island and Saddleback Island, which can produce larger waves when the current is running opposite a strong breeze.

Private Vessel: Deepwater mooring is a 5000# stone, but open to the South and Southwest and not a good place to sit with 20kts or better from those directions. Private vessels can also anchor in the cove. The holding ground is quite suitable, but due to tides and strong afternoon winds, please use plenty of scope.

Charter:  It may be possible to acquire a ride out to Saddleback from a licensed captain in the area. One possible option is: Colie ODonnell- Cell: 978-318-9310 (prefers texting)

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  • Full payment is required to hold a reservation.
  • Cancellation Policy: 100% refund if more than 30 day notice is given. A refund may be issued for nights that the cabin is inaccessible due to weather.
  • Cabin is self service, and guests are asked to leave the cabin clean and ready for the next guests.
  • Transportation to the island is not provided by MCHT.
  • Guests provide their own water, food, ice and bedding. Cabin will be supplied with cooking gas, basic dishes and pots and pans, food cooler, kerosene for lamps, and toilet paper.
  • Removal of all trash at the end of stay is the responsibility of the guest.

Contact Eliza Stinneford at 207-729-7366 or  for more information.