UPDATE AS OF JUNE 25, 2020
For Hermit Island Campground to open for business this year, we are required by the State of Maine to make changes to our usual operating procedures to keep campers and staff as safe as possible. Please review these requirements and changes before your visit.
If you are unable or unwilling to comply with these changes, please contact us immediately for a full refund.
All reservations must be made in advance. No campers will be allowed to arrive without a reservation.
Campsite payment must be made in advance by check, or by cash or check in person upon arrival. The cash ATM will not be available this year.
Each campsite is limited to a single household.
Campers who are not residents of Maine, NH, or VT must complete a Certificate of Compliance form indicating they have received a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of arriving in Maine, or that they have already completed a 14 day quarantine in Maine. The campground is not a place of quarantine – campers must have quarantined elsewhere.
Any camper who feels sick or who may have been exposed to COVID-19 must cancel their reservation. A full refund will be given. Please inform us as soon as you know you will not be able to travel.
Everybody is required to maintain social distancing of 6 feet from other campers and staff.
Face masks must be worn by campers in the communal toilet and shower facilities. They are also required when accessing the windows at the Store, Kelp Shed, and Snack Bar, and at any time when social distancing cannot be maintained, and in enclosed spaces.
The pit toilets will be closed for the season. Porto-potties will be placed on Joe’s Head Rd. and Harbor Grove Rd. to replace them. The composting toilets and flushing toilets will be open. We are increasing the frequency of cleaning, disinfection and pumping of all our facilities.
The Kelp Shed will be closed to the public, but window service will be open 9 AM-9 PM for check-ins and inquiries. Phone reservations may be made during these hours.
Store hours will be 11 AM-7 PM. We will have curbside pickup only. Supplies will be extremely limited, so come prepared. We will have live and cooked lobsters, clams, oysters, bait, bug repellent, wood, ice, and camp stove fuel. Bottled beverages including water, soda, beer, and wine will be available. We will not stock breakfast items, packaged food, candy, or ice cream this year.
The Gift Shop will be closed this year but a selection of items for purchase will be available at the store.
The Snack Bar will be open with window service and limited outside seating. Check for hours on arrival.
There will not be any watercraft rentals this year. This includes Seaspray Kayak rentals.
The wooden sailing ketch Jenny Ives will return this summer offering day sails from the Yardarm. Check for schedule and details on arrival.
No fishing will be allowed this season from the finger pier at the lobster wharf. Shoreline and beach fishing with proper social distancing (>6 ft) is encouraged.
There will be no organized activities this summer. These include nature walks, presentations, musical events, and trivia. The ping pong tables will not be out, and volleyball net will not be set up.
It's wonderful to finally be able to open for the season, and we can't wait to see everybody.
We understand that these new procedures and rules will cause some discomfort and inconvenience. Please do not direct your frustrations at our staff, who are doing the best possible job under the circumstances, within Maine State guidelines.
Please do your part to keep everyone safe. If you become sick, please cancel, or if you are already camping, shorten your stay. Wear your mask when you cannot maintain a 6 ft. social distance, and in areas where there are groups of people. Wash your hands. Use hand sanitizer.
Stay healthy, travel safely. We hope you enjoy the beauty and peace that the island provides.
The HICO crew
UPDATES AS OF JAN. 2020
The following changes have been made to our sites:
Prime sites that are now Ocean View (formerly Ocean Prime) - 1 Lee Side Way, 59, 60, 63 and 66 Dune Way, and 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, and 29W Circle. Ocean View sites have a view of Casco Bay and/or a private path to the beach.
Choice sites that are now Prime - 19 Bayberry, 37, 38, 39, 41, 42, 43, 44 Dune Way,
and 67 West Dune Way
Value Sites that are now Choice - 2 & 4 Skysail, 3 Topside, and 1 East Tack
In other news:
Most of our campers have provided us with an email address so we can send out bills and confirmations electronically. If you are new to Hermit Island, or have not yet contacted us with your email, please do so at firstname.lastname@example.org