Little Whaleboat Island is now protected! 

Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of donors, we successfully completed the campaign to conserve Little Whaleboat Island in 2021.

Maine Coast Heritage Trust has closed on the acquisition of the islands Little Whaleboat Island West, Nate, and Tuck, and we’re so excited to add them to our suite of existing Casco Bay island preserves.

We’re currently in the process of getting to know the island, including the plants and animals who live here, and also connecting with the people who know and care about this place. You’re welcome to visit Little Whaleboat Island, but please do so with a light touch as we develop our official visitor guidelines and a draft management plan.

For now, here are some basic info about the island and guidelines to follow:

  • Acreage: 22.2
  • Camping guidelines: Two campsites available. Camping capacity: North site, 6 people; East site, 4 people. Three tents maximum. Please refer to signs on the island. Campsite areas expand over time, eliminating habitat and compacting the island’s soils.  Please do not camp on living vegetation or cut trees to place tents. As public use is evaluated, campsites configuration may be subject to change.
  • Fire guidelines: Fires allowed below high tide line with state permit, call 207-624-3700 for permit information. To prevent permanent scarring of the rock, please do not build fires on ledge outcroppings.
  • Pet guidelines: Pets allowed on leash to protect other visitors and wildlife. Pack out all solid pet waste.
  • Wildlife guidelines: Osprey in residence; please avoid nest area until July 31.
  • Anchorage: Anchor off the northeast side of the island. Make sure the anchor is well set, as holding can be tricky. Moorings are privately owned and not for public use.
  • NOAA charts: 13288;13290

If you have questions or suggestions, we would love to hear from you! Please contact Southern Maine Regional Steward Andrew Deci at or 207-729-7366.

We were blown away by the number of people and organizations that joined together to make this conservation effort a success—thank you!

MCHT is now working to conserve dozens more incredible places like Little Whaleboat Island up and down the coast. Make a gift today to join the effort! Thank you.